from month 10/2012

New issue of Mind & Society

A new issue, of Mind & Society (Volume 11, Issue 2, December 2012). For the ToC, Table of contents: Andrea Polonioli: "Gigerenzer’s ‘external validity argument’ against the heuristics and biases program: an assessment" Nicholas Rescher: "The problem ...

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4 Post-doc and 4 PhDs on ‘Knowledge and Culture’ in the Netherlands

4 Postdoctoral researchers and 4 PhD positions: The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) will be funding the Horizon research project 'Knowledge and culture': In various domains of cognitive science, a new paradigm holds that humans and non-human animals are born with a ...

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Why is misinformation so sticky?

When my mother was warning me against talking to strangers in the street, she might have had not only security concerns, but also epistemological ones. Misinformation, whichis so widespread in contemporary societies, is sticky! According to Stephan Lewandowsky, Ullrich K. H. Ecker, Colleen Seifert, ...

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PhD studentships in Cognitive Science at CEU, Budapest

The Department of Cognitive Science at the Central European University in Budapest invites applications for doctoral student positions starting in September 2013 deadline: January 24, 2013). This is a research-based training program in human cognition with social cognition and learning as core ...

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Meat-eating in the eyes of young vegetarians

Not all transgressions are equal in the eyes of a child. Asked to evaluate the permissibility of certain actions (hitting another child, or stealing a toy from her) young children are quick to judge these actions wrong. Their judgment does not change when it is made explicit that in these hypothe...

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Religious beliefs: Matter of fact or of preference?

In the public sphere, religious beliefs are often considered to be a matter of private sentiment or preference, not as matters of fact. While this may be helpful for the maintenance of a pluralistic society, religious individuals often regard their beliefs as true in an objective sense. Attempts to ...

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Journal of Cognition and Culture: New issue

Volume 12, (3-4) of the Journal of Cogition and Culture is out. TheTable of Content: Learning Possession Trance and Evaluating Oracles' Truthfulness in Jinè Cults of Bèlèdugu (Mali) Author: Berger, Laurent Implicit Bias, Executive Control and Information Proces...

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The spread of “Correlation does not imply causation”

Daniel Engber's short article at Slate on the success of the misleading formula "correlation does not imply causation" is doubly relevant here: as an example of the epidemiology of a scientific idea, and as a corrective to a cliché all too common in the social sciences: &q...

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