[SydPhil] Notification: Colin Klein @ Thu 19 May 2016 15:00 - 16:30 (Current Projects)

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Title: Colin Klein
Title: Prediction, explanation, and cognitive ontology

   Yarkoni and Westfall have recently argued that cognitive neuroscience  
focuses too much on explanation at the expense of prediction. Advances in  
machine learning have made available powerful predictive tools, they claim,  
and we can use those tools to develop cognitive constructs that will be  
more useful for cognitive neuroscience. I disagree. Insofar as an  
ontological project is revisionary, it must focus on explanation (even at  
the expense of prediction). I show that this disagreement illuminates a  
heretofore implicit disconnect between how cognitive neuroscientists and  
philosophers think of the so-called problem of "cognitive ontology."
      I illustrate the point by discussing recent work on decoding words  
from whole-brain activation data. Time permitting, I will also have many  
things to say about the interpretations of double dissociations, and will  
continue a long-running streak of connecting neuroimaging to stuff that  
Paul Meehl said in the mid-1950s.

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When: Thu 19 May 2016 15:00 – 16:30 Eastern Time - Melbourne, Sydney
Calendar: Current Projects
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