from month 03/2009

Post-doc in Early Social Cognition at the CEU

Postdoctoral Research Positions in Early Social Cognition Cognitive Developmental Center Central European University (CEU), Budapest, Hungary Directed by Professors Gergely Csibra and György Gergely We have funding for two postdoctoral positions, starting from September 2009 (or when ...

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Post-doc in Early Social Cognition at the CEU

Postdoctoral Research Positions in Early Social Cognition Cognitive Developmental Center Central European University (CEU), Budapest, Hungary Directed by Professors Gergely Csibra and György Gergely We have funding for two postdoctoral positions, starting from September 2009 (or when ...

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The future of human cooperation: Some minuscule evidence

I look at the table of content and some abstracts in several journals, and, last week, one abstract really caught my attention. Here is how it begins: "Globalization magnifies the problems that affect all people and that require large-scale human cooperation, for example, the overharves...

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An update on the Pirahã

The Pirahã are a tribe of Amazonian Indian who have become famous among linguists and psychologists because it has been claimed that they lack a number system (not even  a word for one), recursion, and color words (and they seem to be a very happy people despite  the absence of ...

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10,000 Year Danger Marker?

Here's a real-world puzzle for students of precautionary cognition. The US Department of Energy's "Waste Isolation Pilot Plan" is a program to store nuclear waste in an area that will remain toxic to humans for at least 10,000 years. The planners need to place markers that ...

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Language and colour, again

In PNAS March 17, 2009 vol. 106 no. 11 4567-4570: "Unconscious effects of language-specific terminology on preattentive color perception" by Guillaume Thierry, Panos Athanasopoulos, Alison Wiggetta, Benjamin Deringa and Jan-Rouke Kuipers Abstract: It is now established that native ...

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Conference on comparative social cognition

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION AT THE OPENING CONFERENCE ON COMPARATIVE SOCIAL COGNITION The ESF Research Networking Programme "The Evolution of Social Cognition" (CompCog) (www.compcog.org) is proud to announce its opening meeting in Budapest, 13-16 May 2009. Thanks to the support of ...

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Pictures of the week: Culture and Cognition in Cetaceans

At the Centre d'éducation et de recherche de Sept-Iles in Quebec, we study social interactions among cetaceans. Culture and cognition studies on cetaceans are quite recent compared with the extensive research conducted on other species. There are three reasons for this: 1) most research ...

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Cognition, Religion, and Theology Project – Summer Workshop 09

The Cognition, Religion, and Theology Project (University of Oxford) is hosting a Summer Workshop on the cognitive science of religion. The workshop will provide scholars who are interested in conducting empirical research in the area, but who have little or no experience in quantitative methods, ...

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Why are minimally counter-intuitive concepts special?

For me, it was love at first sight. As soon as I saw Pascal Boyer's Religion Explained at the new-books-shelf of a suburban Maryland Barnes & Nobles on a rainy Saturday morning in 2001, I was smitten. My wife complained that I became physically incapable of looking away from the pages of ...

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How Grandma stopped worrying, and started to love cognitive anthropology

In the latest Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a paper by Dimitrios Kapogiannis et al. proposes "an integrative cognitive neuroscience framework for understanding the cognitive and neural foundations of religious belief." The Independent comments the study in the following ...

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Interpretive traditions

My principle contribution to the Cognitive Science of Religion has been an ethnography of an interpretive tradition, How the Bible Works, in which I developed a cognitively informed model of evangelical Christians' use of the Bible. As extraordinary and fascinating as the Biblicist tradition ...

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