“Interpreting Minds” by Radu J. Bogdan

Book Summary Page In this book, Radu J. Bogdan presents his analysis one of the most important issues of anthropological, and evolutionary cognitive science: Mental interpretation. This book investigates the evolutionary and developmental characteristics of humanity’s ability to approximate the mental states of others. With sound analysis, and experimental evidence, Bogdan illustrates a framework of … More “Interpreting Minds” by Radu J. Bogdan

Link Between Visual and Auditory Aspects of Language

When We Read, We Recognize Words as Pictures and Hear Them Spoken Aloud This Scientific American article sheds light on a very interesting issue for neuroscientists and philosophers of language. Neuroscience is not perfect but the researchers from the article have found a strong correlation between activity of certain neural structures and word recognition. The … More Link Between Visual and Auditory Aspects of Language

Negotiating with the Paradox: Indeterminacy of Indeterminacy of Meaning?

  In his highly influential paper Wittgenstein on Rules and Private language, Saul Kripke addresses a fundamental problem in philosophy of language, and more general language talk. This problem represents a deep rooted and abstract indeterminacy of meaning, and reduces all uses of rules into shots in the dark. How is Kripke able to demonstrate … More Negotiating with the Paradox: Indeterminacy of Indeterminacy of Meaning?

Psychopaths, Judgements, and Motivation: The Internalist Challenge?

Psychopaths have long presented a dilemma for moral psychologists and meta-ethical commentators. From both a psychological and philosophical perspective, the evidence about psychopaths seems to create more questions than it answers.  Psychopaths are certainly different from healthy individuals in important ways, but is there one ultimate explanation? Can we gain any insight by trying to … More Psychopaths, Judgements, and Motivation: The Internalist Challenge?

The Evolution of Creativity: Whats The Rush?

Presentation link Imagination is a very unique cognitive ability. Or is it a set of cognitive abilities? What is imagination? It seems as if this ability humans have can be split into two: one more rudimentary, the other more advanced (where Bogdan (2013) uses capital “I” imagination, I will say “creativity” or “creative imagining” or … More The Evolution of Creativity: Whats The Rush?

The Cognitive Functions of Language: Dispelling the Discontinuity

Presentation Link As separate concepts, both language and thought each enjoy a great deal of popularity within the philosophical community, however the specific role that language plays in cognition is a relatively newer question. With few serious inquiries into language’s role in thought being made before a century ago, it seems as if the debate … More The Cognitive Functions of Language: Dispelling the Discontinuity