Functional brain imaging studies try to map patterns of activation to cognitive functions, and usually rely upon functional task decomposition based on hypotheses derived from intuition and cognitive psychology. The tasks we postulate constitute a cognitive ontology. What is the epistemic status of these functional commitments? Do we have reason to believe they accurately track the fundamental building blocks of cognition? Does the idea that cognition has fundamental building blocks have merit? Is there a way to bootstrap ourselves out of mistaken theories, or are the methods of neuroimaging ill-suited to alert us to mistaken views? Can other areas of neuroscience help constrain our ontologies? What is the upshot of the issues for gaining knowledge from neuroimaging studies and for theories of scientific realism more generally?
This interdisciplinary series will focus upon these questions and their philosophical implications, and will explore possible methods for addressing these philosophical concerns, such as data-driven discovery methods for cognitive functions.
Talks will be presented online throughout the fall 2020 semester, schedule is below.
Register using this link: https://pitt.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KMNKu4fmQ9Wh5ZjvXJ3qQA
Please note, registration will be for the entire seminar series.
Mondays 1:30 – 3 pm Eastern Time Zone
Sept 21: Russ Poldrack (Stanford University), TitleTBA
Uljana Feest (Leibniz Universität Hannover), “Cognitive Kinds and Investigative Practice”
Andrea Stocco (University of Washington), Title TBA, Co-Authors: John Laird (University of Michigan), Christian Lebiere (Carnegie Mellon University), Paul Rosenbloom (University of Southern California)
Mike Anderson (Western University) and Paul Cisek (University of Montréal), Title TBA
Vincent Bergeron (University of Ottawa), “Carving the Mind at its Homologous Joints”
Javier Gomez-Lavin (University of Pennsylvania), “Productive Pessimism and New Ontologies of Cognition”
Thursdays 10-11:30 am Eastern Time Zone
Brian Bruya (Eastern Michigan University), “Diverse Origins of Cognitive Ontology”
Julia Haas (Rhodes College), “Computational Cognitive Ontology”
Jackie Sullivan (Western University), “Cognitive Ontologies, Epistemic Communities and Coordinated Pluralism”
Yoed Kenett (University of Pennsylvania), “Developing a Neurally Informed Ontology of Creativity Measurement,” Co-Authors: David J. M. Kraemer (Dartmouth College), Katherine L. Alfred (Dartmouth College), Griffin A. Colaizzi (Georgetown University), Robert A. Cortes (Georgetown University), & Adam E. Green (Georgetown University
Marco Viola University of Turin), “A Neural-based Assessment of Basic Emotion Theory: Accept, Reject, or Revise and Resubmit?”
Joe McCaffrey (University of Nebraska, Omaha), Title TBA
Carl Craver (Washington University), “Remembering: Epistemic and Empirical”
Adina Roskies, Dartmouth College
Trey Boone, University of Pittsburgh
Mazviita Chirimuuta, University of Pittsburgh
Edouard Machery, University of Pittsburgh
Zina Ward, University of Pittsburgh
The Center for Philosophy of Science
Further inquiries may be addressed to Alex Magee (email@example.com).