Archive for the ‘announcements’ Category

Philosophy of Neuroscience on PhilPapers

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

I am now PhilPapers editor for the philosophy of neuroscience and most of its subcategories. I urge Brain Hammer readers with pertinent research to make sure it’s included. See links below. Also, heed the words of Cartman.

Cartman - respect my authority

French collection of neurophilosophy and philosophy of neuroscience

Friday, March 6th, 2009

Pierre Poirier and Luc Faucher have edited DES NEUROSCIENCES À LA PHILOSOPHIE: Neurophilosophie et philosophie des neurosciences.
[link to publisher's website]
[link to English version of my contribution, L'exploit neurologique de l'objectivite]

Swamp Mary to Rock New Jersey

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Any Brain Hammer-heads that anticipate spending today being in or near that very special part of New Jersey we know as William Paterson University should swing by and check out my talk “Swamp Mary’s Revenge: Deviant Phenomenal Knowledge and Physicalism” at 3:30pm - 5:00pm in 126 Atrium. Here’s a link to the paper (forthcoming in Philosophical Studies): link.

ABSTRACT: Deviant phenomenal knowledge is knowing what it’s like to have experiences of, e.g., red without actually having had experiences of red. Such a knower is a deviant. Some physicalists have argued and some anti-physicalists have denied that the possibility of deviants undermines both anti-physicalism and the Knowledge Argument. The current paper presents new arguments defending the deviant-based attacks on anti-physicalism. Central to my arguments are considerations concerning the psychosemantic underpinnings of deviant phenomenal knowledge. I argue that only physicalists are in a position to account for the conditions in virtue of which states of deviants constitute representations of phenomenal facts.

All is Dark Inside


Bride of Brain Hammer

Friday, February 6th, 2009

My lovely spouse is rolling a blog of her own these days. It’s “Love, Your Copyeditor,” and it’s great for readers and writers, teachers and torturers. Throw a box of red felt-tips on the passenger seat, a fistful of yellow stickies in the glove box, and burn rubber on over there. But prepare to get your undies in a bunch if you are a hard-core descriptivist or don’t care to sort your “that”s from your “which”s. You have been warned.

P.S. Their are three errors in in this postscript.

Neuroscience Boot Camp

Friday, December 12th, 2008

Brain Hammer reader, Martha Farah, sends the following (which looks pretty cool):

The University of Pennsylvania announces their Neuroscience Boot Camp, August 2-12, 2009.

Why Neuroscience Boot Camp?

Neuroscience is increasingly relevant to a number of professions and academic disciplines beyond its traditional medical applications. Lawyers, educators, economists and businesspeople, as well as scholars of philosophy, sociology, applied ethics and policy, are incorporating the concepts and methods of neuroscience into their work. Indeed, for any field in which it is important to understand, predict or influence human behavior, neuroscience will play an increasing role. The Penn Neuroscience Boot Camp is designed to give participants a basic foundation in cognitive and affective neuroscience and to equip them to be informed consumers of neuroscience research.

What happens at Neuroscience Boot Camp?

Through a combination of lectures, break-out groups, panel discussions and laboratory visits, participants will gain an understanding of the methods of neuroscience and key findings on the cognitive and social-emotional functions of the brain, lifespan development and disorders of brain function.

Each lecture will be followed by extensive Q&A. Break-out groups will allow participants to delve more deeply into topics of relevance to their fields. Laboratory visits will include trip to an MRI scanner, an EEG/ERP lab, an animal neurophysiology lab, and a transcranial magnetic stimulation lab. Participants will also have access to an extensive online library of copyrighted materials selected for relevance to the Boot Camp, including classic and review articles and textbook chapters in cognitive and affective neuroscience and the applications of neuroscience to diverse fields.

Who should apply?

College and university faculty, working professionals and graduate students are encouraged to apply. The only prerequisites are a grasp of basic statistics and at least a dim recollection of high school biology and physics. (A short set of readings will be made available prior to the Boot Camp to remind you about the essentials.)
More details:

Participants will be housed on campus in air-conditioned apartment-style suites with private bedrooms. Sessions begin at 9 AM and end at 6:15. Breakfast and lunch will be eaten with the group; dinners are on your own.

The academic program spans nine days, Monday, August 3rd -Wednesday, August 12th with half of Saturday and all of Sunday off. There will be an opening reception on the evening of Sunday August 2nd and a gala dinner the last evening in the Lower Egypt gallery of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology.

The cost of tuition, room and board is $3,000 and scholarships are available. Complete applications are due by midnight on February 1st. You will be notified of the status of your application by March 6th, and will have until April 1st to confirm attendance

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