Archive for the ‘Cognitive Science’ Category

Limits to Reason

Monday, May 8th, 2017

Colin McGinn had a comment on the human tendency to irrationality, partly wondering why people are so irrational given that "human irrationality can seem the oddest and least adaptive trait of the species," and accepting that "we need to know what causes irrationality and what we can do to fix ...

A Real Reason to Value Linguistic Diversity

Sunday, May 7th, 2017

There’s been some discussion on other sites about whether we should regret the loss of small languages, and if so, why. Many of the usual points have been made about how change is not something that should be seen as bad just in itself, and we can’t expect to preserve ...

What does an octopus think with?

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

This drawing of the octopus's brain - or the part of it that isn't contained in the arms themselves - is from Mike Lisieski's Cephalove site. The octopus is a creature I often use as an example of something that is apparently quite intelligent and yet very different from ourselves. ...