Phil/Psych 447, Phil 673, 2010

Seminar in Cognitive Science: Mind and Society

Week 6: Anthropology

Week 6a: The place of anthropology in cognitive science

Discussion Questions

  1. What can cognitive psychology and neuroscience bring to anthropology?
  2. What can anthropology bring to the study of individual minds?
  3. What is culture?
  4. Why did cultural anthropology adopt postmodernism over empiricism?
  5. How is culture relevant to understanding language?
  6. How is culture relevant to understanding emotion?
  7. Can the study of culture be normative as well as descriptive?

International Cognition and Culture Institute

Michigan Culture and Cognition

Northwestern Culture and Cognition

Week 6b: Weirdest people

Discussion Questions

  1. What are the limitations of American-based experimental psychology?
  2. Is there a universal human nature?
  3. What are the implications of cultural variation for evolutionary psychology?
  4. What are the implications of cultural variation for the practice of conceptual analysis by analytic philosophers?
  5. What are the normative implications of cultural variation in cognitive practices?
  6. Can the method of multilevel interactive mechanisms aid in investigating cultures?
  7. How can computer models aid in anthropological investigations?

Phil/Psych 447

Paul Thagard

Computational Epistemology Laboratory.

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