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Disorder and Prediction, Pablo Fernández Velasco (ENS)

This is a post by Pablo Fernández Velasco (ENS), a speaker from our Spring 2021 Seminar Series. If you would like to attend a seminar, please sign up using this link. You can also download the full schedule here.   Let us consider the following idea: cultural practices increase predictability. Take queuing, for instance. You arrive at the supermarket. As is often the case nowadays, they are only letting people come in one by one, so a queue has formed outside. If instead of a queue there had been a crowd of people in disarray waiting to get in basedContinue readingDisorder and Prediction, Pablo Fernández Velasco (ENS)

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The Varieties of Auditory Perception: The Case of Listening to Music, Giulia Lorenzi (Warwick)

This is a post by Giulia Lorenzi (Warwick), a speaker from our Spring 2021 Seminar Series. If you would like to attend a seminar, please sign up using this link. You can also download the full schedule here.   We tend to think that vision is the most important sense modality in our everyday life. Through vision, we are able to discover objects and their features, as shapes and colours, as well as to grasp spatial information that enables us to avoid obstacles. The rapidity of sight in furnishing us information about the world and the richness of details thatContinue readingThe Varieties of Auditory Perception: The Case of Listening to Music, Giulia Lorenzi (Warwick)

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The Conventional Source of De-Re Necessities, Sebastian Obrist (USi)

This is a post by Sebastian Obrist (USi), a speaker from our Spring 2021 Seminar Series. If you would like to attend a seminar, please sign up using this link. You can also download the full schedule here.   “We must attempt to determine what grounds what; and it will be largely on this basis that we will be in a position to determine the viability of a realist or anti-realist stand on any given issue.” (Fine 2012, p. 42)1 The source of modality Possibility and its dual notion necessity  – in short modality – have throughout the history ofContinue readingThe Conventional Source of De-Re Necessities, Sebastian Obrist (USi)

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Infantilization, Dehumanization & Cognitive Disability, Rhona J. Flynn (UCC)

The full transcript of this video is available here. This is a post by Rhona J. Flynn (UCC), a speaker from our Spring 2021 Seminar Series. If you would like to attend a seminar, please sign up using this link. You can also download the full schedule here. You can also watch Rhona and other speakers on our YouTube channel.   This post gives an overview of the argument I’ll be making at the BPPA seminar on Friday March 26th. In it, I first set out what I mean by dehumanization, and then introduce infantilization as a further, as-yet unexaminedContinue readingInfantilization, Dehumanization & Cognitive Disability, Rhona J. Flynn (UCC)

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Sharpening the Tool of Cognitive Diversity, Charlotte Zemmel (Cambridge)

This is a post by Charlotte Zemmel (Cambridge), a speaker from our Spring 2021 Seminar Series. If you would like to attend a seminar, please sign up using this link. You can also download the full schedule here. You can watch the recording here. Featured image by Daniel Öberg on Unsplash.   We often justify observational claims by appealing to different kinds of evidence collected from a wide range of sources. This is captured in the concept of ‘robustness’; an observation is robust if many different experimental instruments corroborate the same observation in a range of locations.1 The idea at theContinue readingSharpening the Tool of Cognitive Diversity, Charlotte Zemmel (Cambridge)

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Ability’s Two Dimensions of Robustness, Sophie Kikkert (LSE)

This is a post by Sophie Kikkert (LSE), a speaker from our Spring 2021 Seminar Series. If you would like to attend a seminar, please sign up using this link. You can also download the full schedule here.   When we attribute to someone the ability to use MS Excel, speak Turkish, or change a tire, we take it that they can successfully perform these acts ‘across counterfactual scenarios’. With this I mean that often, when we say someone has an ability, this indicates that it isn’t merely possible for them to perform some act as things actually stand, butContinue readingAbility’s Two Dimensions of Robustness, Sophie Kikkert (LSE)

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The Body and Shame in Eating Disorders, Cathrin Fischer (UCD)

This is a post by Cathrin Fischer (UCD), a speaker from our Spring 2021 Seminar Series. If you would like to attend a seminar, please sign up using this link. You can also download the full schedule here.   Eating Disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are dangerous illnesses that are globally on the rise. People with anorexia usually restrict their food intake, whilst people with bulimia eat (large) quantities of food and then purge. Neither disorder is very well understood; researchers are baffled by what causes them and clinicians have not yet developed very effective treatment. TheContinue readingThe Body and Shame in Eating Disorders, Cathrin Fischer (UCD)

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