Summer Seminar Series 2017

We will be running the CCR summer seminar series again this year. Full details to follow but preliminary details are below.

All welcome!

 

The psychology of philosophical thought experiments: knowledge, ordinary language, and stakes-sensitivity

 

Description: This seminar series will investigate whether—and if so, how—“ordinary” ways of understanding philosophical questions diverge from the ways philosophers understand those same questions. We will focus on recent experimental studies of the “stakes sensitivity” of knowledge, which evaluate whether judgments that a person knows something are influenced by the consequences (or “stakes”) of being right and wrong about it. Our aim will be to come to a better understanding of how to design experiments that investigate philosophical questions.

 

When:                        Tuesday 9th, 16th, 23rd May, 6th June. 16.00-17.30pm.

 

Where:                      CINN Conference Room, Psychology Building.

 

If you have any questions, please email Emma Borg (e.g.n.borg@reading.ac.uk)

Ageing through the Ages: multidisciplinary perspectives

CCR members may well be interested in this programme of talks from the Medical Humanities group at Reading. Seminars will take place fortnightly on

Mondays from 1 to 1.50 pm in Humss G74

All welcome!

Monday 23 January

Dr Mary Lewis (Reading, Archaeology): Teenage Kicks: work, puberty and health in medieval England

Monday 6 February

Prof. Paul Higgs (University College London, Medical Sociology): TBC

Monday 20 February

Prof. Margot Gosney (Reading, Clinical Health Sciences): Clinical solutions through academic work in Older People

Monday 6 March

Patient/Public representative – TBC

Monday 20 March

Prof Tess Fitzpatrick (Swansea, Linguistics): Age-related changes in lexical retrieval behaviour: a consequence of cognitive decline or accumulated learning

PCLS Chomsky Workshop

CCR members may well be interested in the following event, organised and hosted by the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences at Reading.

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Workshop

Generative Linguistics in the 21st Century: the Evidence and the Rhetoric

 

Keynote speaker:

Prof. Noam Chomsky (MIT, USA)

 

Plenary speakers

Prof. Adriana Belleti (University of Siena, Italy)

Prof. Hagit Borer (Queen Mary, London, UK)

Prof. Stephen Crain (Macquaire University, Australia)

Prof. Tanja Kupisch (University of Konstanz & UiT the Arctic University of Norway)

Prof. Terje Lohndal (NTNU & UiT the Arctic University of Norway)

Prof. Luigi Rizzi (University of Siena, Italy & University of Geneva, Switzerland)

Prof. Ian Roberts (Cambridge University, UK)

Prof. Ianthi Tsimpli (Cambridge University, UK)

Prof. Charles Yang (University of Pennsylvania, USA)

Moderators

Prof. Jason Rothman (University of Reading)

Prof. Doug Saddy (University of Reading)

 

Where: University of Reading

When: May 11th, 2017

Hosts: The School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences (PCLS)

The fields of linguistics, cognitive science and psychology were forever changed starting in the 1950s on the coattails of the cognitive revolution against behaviourism.  Chomsky’s (1959) review of Skinner’s Verbal Behaviour is one of the key turning points in this endeavour from which what would become the dominant theory of modern linguistics was born. Generative linguistics, often referred to as Universal Grammar (UG), has maintained for six decades now that humans are born endowed with domain-specific linguistic knowledge.  In other words, the human brain comes pre-equipped with some type of innately determined blueprint to the general structure of language. Exactly what is universal and domain-specific with respect to linguistic knowledge has been the matter of debate and changing proposals over the past 6 decades, however, the core tenet of the generative program remains: at least some parts of language are provided by a genetic endowment. Although there is no question that parts of language are/can be learned in the truest sense, that input quantities and qualities matter, that social environment and interaction bring much to bear, a careful consideration of the preponderance of all evidence still “leaves little hope that [much of the structure of] language can be learned by an organism initially uniformed as to its general character, Chomsky, 1965: 58”.  The purpose of this workshop is to present and consider the evidence that still points in this direction, while at the same time sifting through and seriously considering the rhetoric that in recent years has rejected the general tenets of generative linguistics.  In doing so, we will examine the role of generative linguistics at present and consider where it will be going as the 21st century unfolds.  The workshop features a keynote talk by Professor Chomsky and plenaries from 9 other renowned linguists, working on formal linguistic theory and its application to acquisition and processing in children and adult learners. The day culminates in a moderated panel discussion with all our invited speakers, where audience members can ask questions.

If you are interested in attending this workshop, please email pclsevents@reading.ac.uk to register your interest by Friday 20th January 2017. Further details about the workshop, including how to book will be announced soon. 

Talk: Justin Systma, 14th November

Title:  The Bodily Conception of Pain

Time: 11.00 – 13.00

Date: Monday 14th November

Location: Humss 301

ABSTRACT:  The standard view in philosophy treats pains as mental states with a particular type of phenomenal character. This view has a number of corollaries, including that it locates pains in the mind, rules out the possibility of pain hallucinations, and denies that there can be unfelt pains. The main argument put forward in support of the standard view is that it supposedly corresponds with the ordinary or commonsense conception of pain. Despite this, empirical evidence is mounting that non-philosophers do not tend to conceptualize pains in this way; rather, they tend to treat pains as being bodily states. In this talk I will survey the current evidence, including cross-cultural research suggesting that the bodily conception of pains is not specific to English speakers.

SPEAKER:  Justin Systma is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.  He is a leading experimental philosopher with particular focuses on pain, consciousness, and language.  To read more about him and his publications visit his website.

All welcome!

 

 

Speaker, Tuesday 4th October

A reminder that our first CCR speaker this year will be:
Prof. Jaideep Pandit, Fellow St. John’s College Oxford and Consultant Anaesthetist, Oxford University Hospitals
https://www.sjc.ox.ac.uk/discover/people/professor-jaideep-pandit/
Title: New States of Consciousness Revealed by Failure of General Anaesthesia
 
Date: Tuesday 4th October
Time: 2-3.30pm
Location: Humss 127
Everyone welcome!

Pain Talks Autumn 2016

Continuing our series of pain events, we will have three visiting speakers next term (titles/rooms to follow):

4th October, 2-3.30pm

Prof. Jaideep Pandit

St. John’s Oxford and Consultant Anaesthetist at the Oxford University Hospitals

(https://www.sjc.ox.ac.uk/368-1129/Professor-Jaideep-Pandit.html)

 

25th October, 2-3.30pm

Dr. Jennifer Corns

Philosophy, University of Glasgow

 

6th December, 2-3.30pm

Professor Michael Brady

Philosophy, University of

Talk: Tuesday 14th June

Dr Miguel Sebastián (UNAM Philosophy) and Dr James Stazicker (Reading Philosophy) will present some joint work in progress at CCR on Tuesday 14th June (2.00-3.30pm in HumSS 73). Miguel is visiting Reading as part of his British Academy Newton Mobility Fund project working with James on perceptual discrimination:

Perceptual Discrimination

The talk will draw on predictions of Signal Detection Theory to criticise some philosophical theories of consciousness, as well as making some more positive proposals about what consciousness really is.

Pain seminar 25th May: Change of time

There will be a pain seminar next week but please note that (contra to the previous timetable) it will happen in the afternoon, not the morning. So details are:

Topic:                    Pain in different disciplines

Speakers:            Alison Black (Typography), Hannah Newton (History)

Date:                     Wednesday 25th May

Time:                    2-3.30pm

Location:             CiNN seminar room

All welcome and apologies for changing the time of the seminar, hope this doesn’t inconvenience anyone too much.