Tag Archives: cognitive science

Engineering Metaphors for Experience: Info Session

Partners-in-crime/blood brothers/occasional roommates Anastasis Germanidis ’13 and Shivan Bhavnani ’13 have been planning this student forum for a while, and finally it’s happening. Consciousness Club and Wesleyan Transhumanists alumni particularly welcome to come:

Engineering Metaphors for Experience (PHIL420) is a student forum about concepts: the ways we consume them, the ways we produce them, the things they do to us, the things we can do with them. We will read texts from fields as diverse as the philosophy of mind, cognitive science, anthropology, media studies, comparative mythology, linguistics, the history of science, and user interface design. In addition, we will experiment with techniques of imparting information that may not have been tried before.

The forum will be worth one full credit. We will meet on Monday nights from 7 to 8:30 PM. If you’re interested or vaguely intrigued, come to our informational meeting this Monday in PAC 002.

Date: Monday, Jan. 30
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Place: PAC 02
Cost: tsoC

Visual perception and cognition study

the brain!

From Rachel Santiago ’12:

Hey all! The Cognitive Development Lab is running a visual perception and cognition study and is need of participants!

Appointments are available this Friday (12/9), Monday (12/12), and Tuesday (12/13). If you’re interested in earning $5 for half an hour of your time (and you know you need an extra $5 for that finals week caffeine habit), contact Elizabeth Chase at erchase(at)wesleyan(dot)edu or 860-685-3588.

Date:   Dec. 9 – Dec. 13
Time:   9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Place:  Yellow Lab (2nd floor of Judd)
Pay:   $

Experimental Philosophy with Felipe de Brigard

From that club that brought you Experimental Philosophy with Josh Knobe now comes Felipe de Brigard, a post-doc at Harvard who works in experimental philosophy and cognitive science. This Thursday, he will be presenting a talk entitled “Responsibility and the Principle of Alternative Future Possibilities.” The Principle of Alternative Possibilities states that a person is morally responsible for what she has done only if she could have done otherwise.

Date: Thursday, December 1
Time: 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Place: Downey 113
Cost: the endless and infinite psychological torture that may or may not accompany full knowledge of the alternative future possibilities of your daily moral choices.