Any Questions as you prepare for the Final Exam?

December 11, 2009

If you have any questions as you prepare for the Final Exam, post them here!

A Critical Response to Wittgenstein’s Private Language Argument

December 10, 2009

Look at this site for a critical response to Wittgenstein’s Private Language Argument — does this response refute Wittgenstein’s argument and thus successfully defend the Cartesian approach?:

http://www.sorites.org/Issue_14/garrett.htm

Is it ‘natural’ for us to cooperate?

December 2, 2009

See this very recent New York Times article on Michael Tomasello’s thesis that it is natural for us to cooperate, and that our ‘higher’ human capacities (including the capacity for language) arose out of our ‘natural’ disposition to cooperate:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/01/science/01human.html

Some short takes on philosophy

November 29, 2009

Go here for some amusing short statements on what philosophy is all about:

http://www.3quarksdaily.com/3quarksdaily/2009/11/short-takes.html

Some fun ‘puzzlers’ from Car Talk

November 17, 2009

Here are some brain-teasers (or puzzlers) from the radio show, Car Talk:

http://www.cartalk.com/content/puzzler/

Another article on Gaze-following

November 17, 2009

Humans seem to follow the eye-movements of others; while non-human primates seem to follow the head-movements:
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/13/opinion/13tomasello.html

How are Humans Unique? We Cooperate!

November 17, 2009

An online article by Michael Tomasello, on how we are unique:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/25/magazine/25wwln-essay-t.html?_r=1&8br

An asteroid came very close to earth last week!

November 13, 2009

Read this article about a near-flying asteroid — what would we do if an asteroid actually hit the earth?:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1226672/Asteroid-scrapes-past-Earth-just-8-700miles-away–15-hours-warning.html

What Makes Human Cognition Unique?

November 13, 2009

For an interesting article by Michael Tomasello, click here:

http://email.eva.mpg.de/~rakoczy/texte/uniquely_human.pdf

Communication in Humans and Non-humans

November 13, 2009

Here is an interesting interview with world-renowned anthropologist, Michael Tomasello, on similarities and differences between human and non-human communication:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8933367116959974563#