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Philosophy, Linguistics, and Cognitive Science

Bam! Pow! Repress? Psychiatry and Superheros
Dan Debowy MGH/McLean Psychiatry Residency, Haleh Rokni, M.D.
Fri Jan 8, 15, 22, 29, 05:30-06:30pm, E23-297

Enrollment limited: advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 15-Dec-2009
Limited to 50 participants.
Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series)
Prereq: none

Week I: “Superhero and Superego” – What makes comic books compelling? Something innate to the mind? We review early theories of mind which bear an uncanny resemblance to Superhero-Supervillain struggle.

Week II: “Sympathy for the Devil” – If supervillains are so unsafe, why do we find them fascinating? Utilizing personality theory and the comics we’ll examine how people develop aggressive yet interesting behaviors.

Week III: “Strange Things are Happening” – Why are Speculative Fiction narratives so strange and yet so familiar? We look for a professional opinion.

Week IV: “D.W. Winnicott’s Sing-Along Blog” – We hear “be true to ourselves,” but society requires various versions of “me.” We’ll use “Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” to discuss True/False Self.
Contact: Dan Debowy, E23-368, (617) 253-2916, debow@med.mit.edu
Sponsor: MIT Medical

MITing of the Minds 2010
6th Annual MIT Philosophy Alumni Conference

Paolo Santorio
Mon Jan 25, 11am-06:00pm, 32-D461
Tue Jan 26, 10am-04:00pm, 32-D461

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)
Prereq: none

This year's MITing of the Minds is the Sixth Annual MIT Philosophy Alumni Conference. The conference will showcase recent work in a variety of areas in contemporary philosophy. Presentations will cover topics in metaphysics, philosophy of language, epistemology, and ethics, and will be accessible to a broad audience. Each day will feature talks by MIT faculty members, current students, and alumni of the graduate program.
Web: http://web.mit.edu/philos/www/mm/
Contact: Paolo Santorio, 32-D940, 253-2639, santorio@mit.edu
Sponsor: Linguistics and Philosophy

Transcribing Prosodic Structure of Spoken Utterances with ToBI
Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel
Mon Jan 25 thru Fri Jan 29, 12-01:30pm, 32-044

No limit but advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 04-Jan-2010
Limited to 30 participants.
Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series)
Prereq: Instructor permission; linquisitcs, phonology, phonetics, co

Training in the ToBI system (for 'To'nes and 'B'reak 'I'ndices) to transcribe the prosodic structure of spoken utterances in American English. 8 sessions will combine new ToBI tutorial presentation with extensive practice and discussion; opportunities to practice labelling outside of class. Participants are encouraged to submit sample utterances of particular interest to them, for general discussion. Class is appropriate for undergrad or grad students with background in linguistics (phonology or phonetics), cognitive psychology (psycholinguistics), speech acoustics or music, who wish to learn about the prosody of speech, i.e. the intonation, rhythm, grouping and prominence patterns of spoken utterances, prosodic differences that signal meaning & phonetic implementation.
Web: http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Electrical-Engineering-and-Computer-Science/6-911January--IAP--2006/CourseHome/
Contact: Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel, stef@speech.mit.edu
Sponsor: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

What's Distinctive about Addiction?
Richard Holton
Tue Jan 19, 01-03:00pm, 32-155

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

Accounts of addiction have tended to polarize between those that treat it as a disease, and those that see it as a choice. But the opposition isn't a good one. There is plenty of evidence that addictive substances bring physical changes that profoundly alter the way the brain works; and plenty of evidence that addicts are nonetheless making choices about their behaviour. We need to come up with an account of addictive agency; and to work our way towards an account of the moral responsibility of addicts. This talk reviews the empirical findings, and takes some steps along this path.
Web: http://web.mit.edu/philos/www/iap/holton2010.html
Contact: Richard Holton, 32-D808, 253-4141, holton@mit.edu
Sponsor: Linguistics and Philosophy

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Last update: 19 August 2010