All colloquia take place on Friday from 12:00 to 2:00 pm (unless otherwise noted) in Room D428 and D430 on the fourth floor of the Muenzinger Psychology Building.
If you have questions, please call the ICS Office at 303-492-5063.
September 8, 2017
Opening Session - Tamara Sumner
Director, Institute of Cognitive Science
September 15, 2017 - Distinguished Speaker Talk
Seth Merrin Professor of Philosophy, Co-director - Center for Cognitive Studies, Tufts University
Title: Language, Meaning, and Rational Thought
Abstract: This talk, based on my recent book A User’s Guide to Thought and Meaning, explores the experience of thought as inner speech, the Joycean stream of consciousness. The paradox is that thinking cannot be dependent on language, since (a) the same thought can be expressed in different languages, and (b) nonlinguistic organisms such as apes and babies do manage to think. I make the case that thought itself is mostly unconscious, and that the conscious experience of inner speech is determined largely by the “handles” provided by the pronunciation linked to the thought.
In addition, I will show that it is impossible to achieve the ideal of rational thinking, in which every step of reasoning is explicit, because the logical connections among statements ultimately rest on an intuitive (i.e. unconscious) judgment of conviction. I suggest that, nevertheless, the “handles” on thought provided by language enhance thought in important ways, and that a better ideal involves sensitivity to an appropriate balance between linguistically expressed “rational” reasoning and intuitive judgment.
September 29, 2017
Assistant Professor, LEEDS School of Business, University of Colorado Boulder
October 6, 2017
Assistant Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Colorado State University
October 13, 2017
Professor, Institute of Cognitive Science, University of Colorado Boulder
October 20, 2017
Research Associate, Institute of Cognitive Science, University of Colorado Boulder
November 3, 2017
Professor, Philosophy, University of Colorado Boulder
November 23-24, 2017
Thanksgiving - CU Closed