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Fall 2018 - Wednesdays - 12:00 to 1:00 pm - Elliott Hall S204

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September 26 - "Modularity in Cognition: Framing the Debate" by Barrett and Kurzban. Lunch will be provided.

Abstract. Modularity has been the subject of intense debate in the cognitive sciences for more than 2 decades. In some cases, misunderstandings have impeded conceptual progress. Here the authors identify arguments about modularity that either have been abandoned or were never held by proponents of modular views of the mind. The authors review arguments that purport to undermine modularity, with particular attention on cognitive architecture, development, genetics, and evolution. The authors propose that modularity, cleanly defined, provides a useful framework for directing research and resolving debates about individual cognitive systems and the nature of human evolved cognition. Modularity is a fundamental property of living things at every level of organization; it might prove indispensable for understanding the structure of the mind as well.

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September 19 - "The cognitive revolution: a historical perspective" by George A. Miller. Lunch will be provided.

Abstract. Cognitive science is a child of the 1950s, the product of a time when psychology, anthropology and linguistics were redefining themselves and computer science and neuroscience as disciplines were coming into existence. Psychology could not participate in the cognitive revolution until it had freed itself from behaviorism, thus restoring cognition to scientific respectability. By then, it was becoming clear in several disciplines that the solution to some of their problems depended crucially on solving problems traditionally allocated to other disciplines. Collaboration was called for: this is a personal account of how it came about.

September 12 - The first meeting will be an organizational meeting to decide on topics/articles to discuss over the fall semester. Lunch will be provided.


Updated September 19, 2018