from month 10/2011

The scope-severity paradox

Do criminals deserve a less severe punishment if they harmed more people ? Most people would almost certainly answer "no". Of course: punishment should be sensitive to the severity of the crime. That's what we usually think. Yet in a compelling paper published in Social ...

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EHBEA Conference 2012

A message from Jamie Tehrani: This year's European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association Conference is being hosted by Durham University on 25-28th March 2012. On behalf of the local organising committee I would like to warmly invite members of the Institute to come along and consider ...

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Atheist clergymen and belief in belief

A while ago, Dan Sperber blogged about research by Daniel Dennett and Linda LaScola on atheist clergymen. Their paper, which is available in open access here, provides a fascinating qualitative study on atheist clergymen from various denominations, all of whom were anonymousmy interviewed about ...

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Theoretical Interventions in the Anthropology of Mathematics

We are seeking abstracts for a session entitled "Theoretical Interventions in the Anthropology of Mathematics" (Panel Organizers: Stephen Chrisomalis and Samar Zebian) to be held at the Society for Anthropological Sciences 8th Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, February 22-25, 2012. ...

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An epidemiology-of-representations solution to a WWII shipwreck mystery

The Australian Cruiser HAMS Sidney After a shameful lull in the activities of the ICCI (Sorry, folks!), we need something sensational – something, say, like Urbain Le Verrier’s famous conjecture that there had to be a yet unknown planet and his calculation of the location of ...

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PhD studentships in Cognitive Science at the Central European University (Budapest)

PhD studentships are available for the doctoral program in Cognitive Science at Central European University (CEU), Budapest, Hungary. Application deadline: 25 January 2012. The Department of Cognitive Science at CEU invites applications for doctoral positions starting in September 2012. This is ...

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