Upcoming Lectures

Cognitive Science colloquium (CBS--Cognitive and Brain Science) lecture, "Major Transitions in Political Order," Dr. Simon De Deo

Monday, October 24th, 2016, 3pm, Cohen Auditorium

Simon De Deo runs the Laboratory for Social Minds at Indiana University, where he is a professor of complex systems and cognitive science. He is also on the external faculty of the Santa Fe Institute (SFI).

Abstract: We present three major transitions that occur on the way to the elaborate and diverse societies of the modern era. Our account links the worlds of social animals such as pigtail macaques and monk parakeets to examples from human history, including 18th Century London and the contemporary online phenomenon of Wikipedia. From the first awareness and use of group-level social facts to the emergence of norms and their self-assembly into normative bundles, each transition represents a new relationship between the individual and the group. At the center of this relationship is the use of coarse-grained information gained via lossy compression. The role of top-down causation in the origin of society parallels that conjectured to occur in the origin and evolution of life itself.

Click here for a list of CBS (Cognitive and Brain Science) talks for Fall 2016
Past Lectures & Events

Ray Jackendoff at MIT, March 3rd, 2016: Title: "Morphology in the Mental Lexicon." Place: MIT, 32D-461 (Stata Center). Time: Thursday 3/3, 12:30-1:50

Dennett talk at MIT, March 3, 2016 (click on this link for more info)

New Ideas Symposium

New Ideas Symposium, March 4, 2016, hosted by Dan Dennett and featuring five of his favorite thinkers

"The mystery of iconic gesture – a great challenge for the cognitive sciences," Jan de Ruiter will give a guest lecture in Prof. Dennett’s Foundations of Cognitive Science seminar, on September 15th at 7:30pm in Miner 112. All are welcome. *Important Note: There's a chance we will change the room to another location (Barnum 104).

Our own Rabia Ergin, Ph.D. student, will give a talk at TEDx Tufts on April 17th, in Barnum 008 at 8pm

Workshop: Emerging Sign Languages and the Big Picture - May 8th and 9th, 2015