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Archives for June, 2007

Conceptual Metaphor Comment by Dr. Gibbs

In the previous entry, I made some disparaging remarks about conceptual metaphor theory (CMT), and George Lakoff specifically. I also noted that, in my experience,, the psycholinguist Raymond Gibbs, Jr. is the only one in the cognitive linguistics who seriously addresses the evidence and theoretical arguments against CMT from outside cognitive linguistics. As he’s done…

In case you haven’t heard about it, there’s a relatively new blog in the cognitive science section of the blog world called Cognitive Approaches to Literature. They don’t post very often over there, but if they ever start doing so, it promises to be an interesting read with lively discussions. The latest addition to the…

More on Richard Rorty’s Death

First, an obituary by his friend, Jürgen Habermas. It begins with a story of Rorty making light of the illness that ultimately killed him: After three or four paragraphs of sarcastic analysis came the unexpected sentence: ” Alas, I have come down with the same disease that killed Derrida.” As if to attenuate the reader’s…

Tomasello on Infant Pointing

Those of you who are interested in Michael Tomasello’s work as a follow up to his book The Cultural Origins of Human Cognition may be interested in his new paper with Malinda Carpenter and Ulf Liszkowski, “A New Look at Infant Pointing“. The abstract: We propose a new theory of infant pointing involving multiple layers…

R.I.P. Richard Rorty

The Brain Makes It Better

About a year ago, there was an article in Seed Magazine titled “Seduced by the Flickering Lights of the Brain,” in which Paul Bloom argued that people are too easily seduced by neuroscience, believing that it made for good science, even when it doesn’t. At the end of the article, Bloom mentioned a then unpublished…

Originally posted on the old blog on 4/5/06, and reposted here and now out of laziness. It’s easy to see why research on motivated political reasoning/cognition has gotten a lot of attention in the blogosophere lately. It fits nicely with our intuitions about how people interpret political information (and by people, we mean other people,…

Over the last couple decades there’s been a pretty heated debate about which, if any, nonhuman animals possess a “theory of mind,” that is, the ability to think about what others are thinking. Much of the research bearing on this debate has used false belief tasks. There are many variants, but the standard false belief…

Make Me Fries…

I’ve always really liked this song, but I’ve never understood a single word of it. Fortunately, some guy figured them all out for me: These are apparently the actual lyrics, but how would you know?