Seminar: 12/5 - ICBS Faculty Retreat
8:30 to 1:30 PM at: Tolman 5101
Discovering the Conceptual Primitives and Processes.It appears that Cognitive Science is now in a position to discover the neural basis for many of the conceptual primitives underlying language and thought. The main concern is conceptual mechanisms that have neural realization that does not depend on language and culture. These concepts (the primitives) are good candidates for a catalog of potential foundations of meaning. This is not about some question of "innateness"; we have known for decades that there is continual interplay between genetic and experiential (including cultural) factors starting from gestation and continuing throughout life. This panel will explore the current prospects for postulating and then experimentally investigating such conceptual primitives.