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  • Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 4:30 pm
    Dartmouth Hall 105
    Lecturer: Daniel Dennett, Tufts University, Philosophy
    Arthur of Consiousness Explained
    Reception to follow in Thornton Hall Lounge, room 210

    Richard Dawkins’ concept of a meme, an item of culture that is differentially replicated and hence evolves by natural selection, has provoked many misguided attacks, and yet survived in heavily transformed guise to become a dreaded buzzword.  Today we can plot...

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  • Students prior to the class of 2020 and plan on doing the old major: fill out this PDF iconmajor worksheet.pdf

    Class of 2020 and beyond and those prior to 2020 planning on doing the new major plan: fill out...

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  • FOCUS COURSE NUMBER COURSE NAME PRE-REQS
    Learning and Education      
    1 EDUC01 The Learning Brain: Introduction to Child Development and Education  
    2 EDUC16 Educational...
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    FOCUS COURSE NUMBER COURSE NAME PRE-REQS
    Language Acquisition / Psycholinguistics      
    1 EDUC58 Language Acquisition and Development  
    Three from: EDUC50 The...
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  • FOCUS COURSE NUMBER COURSE NAME PRE-REQS
    Neuroeconomics      
    1 PSYC50.02 Decision-Making PSYC1 or 6
    2 ECON21 Microeconomics ECON1 and MATH3; or 1 of: [MATH 8, 11,...
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  • FOCUS COURSE NUMBER COURSE NAME PRE-REQS
    Consciousness      
    1 PHIL35 Mind and Psychology 1 PHIL / IP
    Either: PSYC51.01 The Neuroscience of the Mind-Body Problem ...
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  • Reed 108, 4:00 pm, Lecturer: David Cope, University of California at Santa Cruz

    This event is free and open to the public!

    David Cope will explain why he created his computer program Experiments in Musical Intelligence, how this program works, why he created over 1,000 music compositions using Experiments in Musical Intelligence, and why he no longer composes using this software.

    David Cope is Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of California at Santa Cruz, and...

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  • Friday, March 4, 2016, 4:00 pm, Reed 108

    Lecturer: Brenda Rapp, Cognitive Science Program, John Hopkins University

    A major source of our knowledge about the world comes from our sensory and motor interactions with it.  Given this, it is perhaps not surprising that it has been long debated whether human knowledge consists solely of the sensory and motor brain states encoded during previous experiences (the embodied cognition viewpoint) or whether it also...

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  • The notion of representation is central to the mind-brain sciences. Virtually all theories of perception, action, language, and cognition explicitly or, too often, implicitly make assumptions about the levels and types of representations involved in these processes. Why do we need representations? How do we formulate and evaluate representational claims? Here I discuss an example from my own research in which specific representational claims were proposed and evaluated through behavioral,...

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  • Do brain interventions to treat disease change the essence of who we are?

    New technologies bring questions that have belonged to the abstract realm of philosophers into concrete focus. Why do medical interventions in the brain feel different than those elsewhere in the body?

    These days, most of us accept that minds are dependent on brain function and wouldn’...

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