All posts filed under: Philosophy

Let’s talk about the science of belief

Image: Étienne Delaune (c. 1518–1583), Plate 14 from the series The Genesis showing the building of the Tower of Babel. Engraving, 1550–1572. © The Trustees of the British Museum Ahead of their sell-out live discussion at the British Museum on 26 January scientists Sir Colin Blakemore and Professor Tom McLeish, examine what the cognitive impetus which drove the emergence […]

#PotW: The Chandaria Lectures 2017 | Cognitive Gadgets

When: Friday 8 December, 6-7pm Who: Institute of Philosophy Where: The Chancellor’s Hall, First Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU Evolutionary psychology casts the human mind as a collection of cognitive instincts – organs of thought shaped by genetic evolution and constrained by the needs of our Stone Age ancestors. This picture was plausible 25 years […]

SAS programme hopes for head start with ‘mind sourcing’

Dr Mattia Gallotti, manager of ‘The Human Mind Project’ at the School of Advanced Study, discusses the launch of the first Grand Challenges Public Consultation on the key questions in the study of the mind. Open to early-career and established researchers, and the general public, the Grand Challenge is a chance for everybody to suggest […]

The philosopher who tries to do things the Athenian way

Moral philosopher Dr Simon Beard, discusses existential risk mitigation and why he is standing in next month’s general election. Tell us about yourself I recently completed my PhD in philosophy from the London School of Economics, and am currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk in Cambridge. […]

#PotW: TA{s}TE

When: Thursday 27 April 2017, 12pm to Friday 28 April 2017 6pm Who: Institute of Philosophy and The Warburg Institute Where: TATE Exchange, 5th Floor, Switch House, TATE Modern, London SE1 9TG Could appreciating art have more in common with savouring a cup of coffee than you thought? Come and experience by yourself the unexpected strategies your brain […]

The highways of culture, the pathways of the mind

Professor Manos Tsakiris, a world expert on psychology and cognitive neurosciences, introduces the interdisciplinary ‘Body and Image in Arts and Sciences (BIAS)’ project. Based at the Warburg Institute, part of the School of Advanced Study, University of London, it was launched in September 2016, thanks to a generous award from the NOMIS Foundation. Share this […]

#PotW: Multisensory emotion processing in the adult and infant brain

When: Thursday 9 February 2017, 5 – 7pm Who: Institute of Philosophy, Centre for the Study of the Senses (CenSes) Where: Room 246, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU Speaker: Sarah Jessen, University of Lübeck Humans very successfully recognize others’ emotions. It is the combination of a variety of information channels – including facial, bodily, and vocal […]

#PotW: CenSes Seminar | Is metacognition supramodal?

When: Thursday 29 September 2016, 5pm – 7pm Who: Institute of Philosophy Where: Room 246, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU Speaker: Nathan Faivre (Paris) Metacognition is the capacity to introspect on one’s own mental states. Because metacognition is mostly characterized through confidence reports in visual tsaks, some of its core properties remain debated, including […]

Dr Ambedkar: a visionary for human rights

In an unassuming street in London’s posh Primrose Hill, there is a buzz about a particular house that was purchased last September by India’s state government of Maharashtra, and opened as a museum and learning centre by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Its blue plaque reads: ‘Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, 1891-1956, Indian Crusader for Social Justice, […]