from month 12/2010

The Smurf Studies: Do 7-month-olds have a

In a recent paper published in Science (24 December 2010) and entitled "The Social Sense: Susceptibility to Others' Beliefs in Human Infants and Adults", Agnes Kovacs, Ernő Téglás and Ansgar Denis Endress describe a striking set of experiments that may be of interest to ...

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Denis Dutton (1944-2010)

In twelve years of existence, Arts and Letters daily hardly ever let a day pass without publishing its three witty three-liners. On the 28th of december, the feed was unusually late. It quickly resumed to announce the death of its founder, Denis Dutton.Reading the reports (here and here), you ...

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The evolutionary and cognitive basis of the cultural success of garbage trucks among western toddler

The other day, I was browsing Youtube, looking for toddler's cartoons to entertain my 18 months old boy. I was not very optimistic though: Like many toddlers, my son's attention span rarely exceeds a couple of minutes... My best bet was that he would be interested in cartoons involving ...

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“Neurobabble” vs Real Science

The New York Times is hosting a piece by Tyler Burge, philosopher of mind, that may be of interest to ICCI readers.Popular science writing on psychology, Burge argues, is often just "neurobabble" which does three things he strongly dislikes: (1) it provides no additional insight into ...

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Vote on whether you think “the language we speak shapes how we think”

The Economist is hosting a debate in which readers may vote on whether or not they believe that "the language we speak shapes how we think."On the official FOR side: Lera Boroditsky / On the official AGAINST side: Mark LiebermanSo far, opening statements and rebuttals have been ...

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