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Distinguished Speaker Series

The Distinguished Speaker Series invites faculty from other research institutions to present their recent work in the history and philosophy of science.

Fall 2017 - Spring 2018 Talks
All talks are held at 3:15 PM unless otherwise noted.

Patricia Churchland
Monday, February 20, 2018

Maya Goldenberg
Monday, April 16, 2018


Fall 2016 - Spring 2017 Talks
All talks are held at 3:15 PM unless otherwise noted.

CHPS Distinguished Speaker, Evelyn Fox Keller (Emerita, MIT)
Monday, February 20, 3:15-5:00, Distinguished Speaker Series

CHPS Distinguished Speaker, Andy Clark (Edinburgh)
Friday, April 21, 12:00-2:00, Institute of Cognitive Science Colloquium Series (co-sponsored by CHPS and the Institute for Cognitive Science)

Monday, April 24, 3:15-5:00 HLMS 201, CHPS Distinguished Lecture
"Expecting Our Worlds"
Biological brains are increasingly cast as 'prediction machines': evolved organs whose core operating principle is to learn about the world by trying to predict their own patterns of sensory stimulation. Rich, world-revealing perception of the kind we humans enjoy occurs, these stories suggest, when cascading neural activity becomes able to match the incoming sensory signal with a multi-level stream of apt 'top-down' predictions. This blurs the lines between perception, understanding, and imagination, revealing them as inextricably tied together, emerging as simultaneous results of that single underlying strategy. In this talk, I first introduce this general explanatory schema, and then discuss these (and other) implications. I end by asking what all this suggests concerning the fundamental nature of our perceptual contact with the world.

 

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