from month 12/2008

Picture of the week: Rebuilding a house among the Zafimaniry… and rethinking cognitive approaches

This photograph shows the preparations for the rebuilding of a house in 2006 in a Zafimaniry village in Madagascar. The Zafimaniry exemplify what Lévi-Strauss has called "house based societies" since it is the material house, often richly decorated, which symbolically represe...

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Cartoon Faces

In Jonathan Franzen's latest book, The Discomfort Zone (highly recommended), I found a nice couple of paragraphs dwelling on the psychology of cartoon faces. Franzen is reminiscing on his fascination for Charles M. Schulz's Peanuts. Here's what he writes: Our visual cortexes are wired ...

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Why do we sometimes de-humanize our fellow humans? Some preliminary reflections

(This post has been jointly written by Harvey WHITEHOUSE and Justin BARRETT) Whatever else it may entail, de-humanizing involves the de-activation of our capacity to empathize. There is now a substantial body of research in experimental psychology showing that humans have highly developed ...

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Cognitio 2009 – Changing Minds: Cultures and Cognition in Evolution

Montreal, Canada June 4th, 5th & 6th 2006. http://cognitio.uqam.ca/2009 cognitio2009@gmail.com [version française ci-après] Cognitio 2009 invites graduate students and young researchers in cognitive science, anthropology, biology, psychology, computer science, ...

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Has anyone else enjoyed Love and Sex with Robots?

Has Anyone Else Enjoyed Love and Sex with Robots? No, I guess I thought not.  It's actually not too bad. But for those of you who are thinking about it, a warning before getting too invested:  you have to get through the boring, mushy stuff before you get to the juicy stuff.&...

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