Is the Human Mind Unique?
Scientists from many different fields gathered to discuss cognitive abilities often regarded as unique to humans including humor, morality, symbolism, creativity, and preoccupation with the minds of others. Emphasis was placed on the functional uniqueness of these attributes, as opposed to the anatomical uniqueness, and whether these attributes are indeed quantitatively or qualitatively unique to humans.
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|Fri 2/15||Welcome and Opening Remarks||Fred Gage, V.S. Ramachandran|
|Fri 2/15||Symbolic Communication: Why is Human Thought so Flexible?||Terrence Deacon|
|Fri 2/15||Desperately Seeking Explanation||Daniel Povinelli|
|Fri 2/15||An Evolved and Creative Mind||Steven Mithen|
|Fri 2/15||Humor||Daniel Dennett|
|Fri 2/15||Archaeological Evidence for Mind||Colin Renfrew|
|Fri 2/15||Entering the 'Soul Niche'||Nicholas Humphrey|
|Fri 2/15||Skilled Performance and Artistry||Merlin Donald|
|Fri 2/15||Moral Sense||Patricia Churchland|
|Fri 2/15||Inter-Modular Interactions, Metaphor, and the 'Great Leap'||V.S. Ramachandran|
|Fri 2/15||Wrap Up, Question and Answer, and Closing Remarks||Terrence Deacon, V.S. Ramachandran, Ajit Varki|