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First Annual Boğaziçi Summer Philosophy Conference (29/06/2019)

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First Annual Boğaziçi Summer Philosophy Conference

Saturday, 29/06/2019

All talks will be held in JF507. Everybody welcome.

12.30 – 2.00:
Jakub Mácha (Brno): “The fate of dialectics: Bei-spiel/by-play in Kant, Hegel, and Derrida”

2.00 –  3.30:
Gözde Yıldırım (Boston): “Why Neuroscience Cannot Debunk Deontology”

3.30 – 5.00
Taylan Susam (Brown): “Kant’s Analysis of Duty”

5.00 – 6.30
Larry Udell (West Chester): “Some Rawlsian Notes on Universal Basic Income.”

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Written by Lucas Thorpe

June 24, 2019 at 6:48 pm

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Cognitive Science Talk at Bogaziçi: Emrah Aktunç (Ozyegin) “Productive theory-ladenness in functional neuroimaging” (07/05/2019)

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Emrah Aktunç (Ozyegin, Psychology)  will give a talk on Tuesday, May 7th, from 5.15-6.45pm in JF507.  Everyone is welcome.

“Productive theory-ladenness in functional neuroimaging”

Abstract: Several developments in different fields for diverse scientific goals had to take place to eventually give rise to functional neuroimaging as one of the central research paradigms of cognitive neuroscience. Functional MRI, the most commonly used neuroimaging technique, stands on solid foundations established by the physics of magnetic resonance and the physiology of hemodynamics and is complimented by computational and statistical techniques. I argue, and support using concrete examples, that these foundations give rise to a productive theory-ladenness, which enables researchers to identify and control for the types of methodological and inferential errors. Consequently, this makes it possible for researchers to represent and investigate cognitive phenomena in terms of hemodynamic data and for experimental knowledge to grow independently of large scale theories of cognition, the implications of which I will discuss in the context of cognitive ontologies.

Written by Lucas Thorpe

May 5, 2019 at 8:45 pm

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Workshop at Koç on the Philosophy of Aristotle’s Biology (10-11/05/2019)

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Aristotle's Biology (6)
CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS
The Philosophy Society and the Department of Philosophy at Koç University wish to invite all who are interested, and especially advanced undergraduate and graduate students, to participate in its upcoming Workshop on the Philosophy of Aristotle’s Biology. The workshop will be held on 10 and 11 May at the ANAMED Auditorium in Beyoğlu, İstanbul. For further details, as well as to register to receive updates, readings, and to reserve a place at the workshop, please visit https://aristotlesbiology.wordpress.com/. Registration and participation are free of charge.
The Philosophy of Aristotle’s Biology
Aristotle is most well known as a philosopher. But he was also a scientist, and above all a biologist. In recent decades, readers of Aristotle the philosopher have come increasingly to acknowledge the extent to which his most celebrated contributions, from his ethics to his metaphysics, are indebted to the work of Aristotle the biologist. The seminars in this workshop will explore crucial connections between the work of Aristotle the philosopher and Aristotle the biologist, in an effort to bring out, for students and specialists alike, the biology of Aristotle’s philosophy as well as the philosophy of Aristotle’s biology.

Written by Lucas Thorpe

April 14, 2019 at 9:38 pm

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Cog-Sci talk at Boğaziçi this Tuesday: Ibrahim Hakan Gürvit (Neurology, Istanbul University): “A Psychoanalytically-inspired Neuroscientific  Conception of (De-centralized) Consciousness.” (16/04/2019)

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This Tuesday (April 16th, 2019), starting at 5.15pm in JF507, we have our next cognitive science talk at Boğaziçi:

Prof. Dr. Ibrahim Hakan Gürvit (Neurology, Istanbul University):

“A Psychoanalytically-Inspired Neuroscientific  Conception of (De-centralized) Consciousness.”

Written by Lucas Thorpe

April 14, 2019 at 9:26 pm

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Cognitive Science talk at Boğaziçi: Fuat Balcı (Koç, Psychology): “As the Irish say “Speed and accuracy do not agree”: Brain, Time, and Errors” (09/04/2019)

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Fuat Balcı (Koç, Psychology) will be giving a talk at Boğaziçi this Tuesday (09/04/2019) in JF507, starting at 5.15pm:

“As the Irish say “Speed and accuracy do not agree”: Brain, Time, and Errors”

 

ABSTRACT: In this presentation, I will talk about the cognitive and neural mechanisms that underlay the adaptive decision threshold modulation. I will demonstrate that apparently suboptimal biases in decision making might actually be adaptive responses to endogenous uncertainty in magnitude representations. I will then show that humans can monitor the direction and magnitude of errors in their temporal and numerical estimates (that originate from uncertainty in their magnitude representations) in the absence of feedback. I will argue that such “metric error monitoring” ability might serve as one of the sources of the adaptive-bias signaling in decision-making. After showing these behavioral and psychophysical interactions between subjective time and decision making, I will demonstrate their theoretical integration by arguing that both interval timing and decision making can be modeled based on the same generative processing dynamics. Finally, I will present the results of our recent neuromodulation studies that investigated the neural basis of controlled-modulation of decision-making and will offer a neurocognitive framework for conceptualizing the adaptive nature of decision-making.

Written by Lucas Thorpe

April 7, 2019 at 8:38 pm

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New MA program in Philosophy at Koç University (Istanbul), with Scholarships.

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Application details can be found here.
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Written by Lucas Thorpe

March 6, 2019 at 12:08 pm

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Cognitive Science Talks at Boğaziçi, Spring 2019

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This semester our cognitive science talks will generally take place on Tuesdays from 5.15-6.45 in JF507. A draft schedule can be found below. Additional talks will be added.

Tuesday, March 5th
Marco Fenici (Bilkent, Philosophy): “The sociocultural nature of mindreading:  an empirical, theoretical, and meta-theoretical defence”.

Tuesday, March 19th
Funda Yıldırım (Yeditepe, Computer Engineering): “Neurofeedback and Cognitive States”

Tuesday, April 9th
Fuat Balcı (Koç, Psychology): “As the Irish say “Speed and accuracy do not agree”: Brain, Time, and Errors”

Tuesday, April 16th 
Ibrahim Hakan Gürvit (Neurology, Istanbul University): “A Psychoanalytically-Inspired Neuroscientific  Conception of (De-centralized) Consciousness.”

Tuesday, April 30th
Saffet Murat Tura (Psychiatrist): “”Nasıl Oluyor da Rüyalarımızı anlatabiliyoruz” (in Turkish)

Tuesday, May 7th
Emrah Aktunc (Özyeğin, Psychology): “Productive theory-ladenness in neuroimaging”

POSPONED Tuesday, May 14th POSTPONED
Pavel Logačev (Boğaziçi, Linguistics): “Sentence Processing.”

Written by Lucas Thorpe

March 4, 2019 at 12:15 pm

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