Friday, October 14, 2005

how bout that John Bickle...

John Bickle is a philosopher of neuroscience/cognitive science/mind at University of Cincinnati. I'm not terribly familiar with these distinctions, but I'm pretty sure that covers it.

Anyway, I've noticed that the Cincinnati Philosophy Department webpage now has some videos available of interviews with faculty members. I watched the interview with Bickle and it's cool stuff. Really important stuff. Really relevant stuff. Pretty much he's interested in taking neuroscience seriously as a philosopher, namely, cellular and molecular neuroscience. He's gettin' down to the nitty gritty and making some pretty bold claims about intertheoretic reduction (how psychology, and in general phenomenological science of the brain and 'mind' reduce to cellular and molecular pheonmena. I like it. I like it a lot. It's also cool because Tony Landreth, the grad student that conducts the interview, once gave me a ride to Kentucky to buy some good beer. Which was really cool.

Check out the interview here.

There's also an interview with Christopher Gauker. He's a philosopher of language which I know pretty much nothing about.

I hope they post an interview with Robert Skipper. He's a philosopher of biology who does cool stuff in history and philosophy of population genetics. These videos are just cool ways of getting a quick and provocative idea of what these people work on and I just find them entertaining.

They're also a cool way of advertising the department. It really gives prospective students a look at the kind of work going on in the department.

1 comment:

Mac said...

God that reminds me of a course I took in Philosophy of Science with all the paradgm shifts and incorporating neorolgical proccesses into philosophical discourse. That course sucked, this stuff is much cooler.