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Archives for July, 2006

Be Your Own Pollock

If you’re looking for a good way to waste some time, try this (via Bitch Ph.D.). Here is a piece created by my 8-year old Pollock (aka Darth Vader):

If you found yesterday’s post on perceptual symbol systems and related theories interesting, you might like this paper by Edouard Machery that is in press at Cognition. The paper is titled “Concept Empiricism: A Methodological Critique.” The critique is aimed at “neo-empiricism” in concept research, and uses Barsalou’s perceptual symbol systems theory as its primary…

Action and Meaning

Throughout the brief history of cognitive science, debates over the nature of knowledge representation have raged. In the 1970s, the debate was between those who thought that knowledge was represented as images — modal, or sensory representations — and those who thought that knowledge was represented propositionally. That particular debate ended in a stalemate, upon…

Two Types of Patriotism

It’s not uncommon these days to hear someone on the right side of the political spectrum refer to people on the left side as “America haters.” It’s a nice way to dismiss any criticism of the United States’ policies or behaviors, and current administration in particular, because instead of addressing the criticism, one simply has…

Encephalon

The first edition of the new neuroscience carnival Encephalon is now up at The Neurophilosopher’s Blog, here. There are several good posts, and I actually learned a bit from some of them. I have to admit, though, that I’m particularly partial to this post from BrainTechSci. A sample: It is hard not to notice the…

Back in May, a study by Mitchell, Macrae, and Banaji (of Implicit Association Test fame) was published in Neuron that made the following claim (from the abstract): We observed a double dissociation such that mentalizing about a similar other engaged a region of ventral mPFC linked to self-referential thought, whereas mentalizing about a dissimilar other…

Over at Gene Expression, “Darth Quixote’s” (George Menard’s rewriting of Cervantes? That’s a bad joke, isn’t it?) 10-question interview with Steven Pinker was posted today. You can read it here. The questions are pretty good, for the most part, and Pinker’s answers are interesting. I agree with Pinker on the issue of politics getting in…

The 90th Anniversary of the Somme

It would be fair to say that I am obsessed with all things related to the first world war. I would be neglecting my own obsession, then, if I didn’t mark the 90th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme. For those of you who don’t know, The Battle of the Somme…

The Advertising Campaign for Cognition

OK, this is goofy, but I was tired and bored, so I started playing around with “The Advertising Slogan Generator” (via Pharyngula) You put a word or phrase in, and it sticks it in classic advertising slogans. I used “cognition,” and this is what I got: Try Cognition, You’ll Like It. The Cognition Goes Straight…

Ant-Like Navigation in Robots

The literature on robot navigation is huge, and summarizing it would be difficult, if not impossible, but I thought I’d provide a few examples of papers you can read on robots that utilize ant-like navigational mechanisms. Franz, M.O., Schölkof, B., Mallot, H.A., & Bülthoff, H.H. (1998). Learning view graphs for robot navigation. Autonomous Robots, 5,…