What is Cognitive Science

Dealing with Fallibility

Dr. Brian Weatherson

Thursday, September 15, 2011, 12:00pm - 07:00pm

Rutgers University, Department of Philosophy

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Several philosophers have argued recently that our credences should be sensitive not just to our evidence, but to what we know about how good we are at processing evidence. This is advertised as a way of adjusting for the fact that we are fallible in many respects. I argue against such approaches, on the grounds that they lead to regresses. If we are to account for our own fallibility, it must be by some other means than by adjusting credences.

Dr. Brian Weatherson


"What is Cognitive Science?"

This lunchtime talks series is designed to introduce the University community to issues in Cognitive Science. Cognitive Science is one the the few fields where modern developments in computer science and artificial intelligence promise to shed light on classical problems in psychology and the philosophy of the mind. Ancient questions of how we see the world, understand language, and reason, and questions such as 'how a material system can know about the outside world', are being explored with the powerful new conceptual prosthetics of computer modeling.

The talks in this lunchtime lecture series are every Thursday during the Fall semester from ** 12:00-1:00 ** in the Psychology Building, Room 101 on  Busch Campus.

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