2013 in Review

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A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,400 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

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The Problem of Mind, Cognitive Science and Integrated Research Methodology

There are numerous aspects of the nature of man, and each aspect gives rise to many problems. Some of these problems are comparatively simple, other deep and perplexing. Throughout time, people have made distinction between the material or physical world and mental or psychical world, the former may be perceived by any observer; the later remains a private experience. Philosophy of mind, today dealing with four issues: the nature of mind and body, mental content, mental causation and consciousness. The nature of mind is one of the most important issues that philosophy has to consider and one of the most complex and baffling. The answer depends on our definition of mind and our interpretation of the universe. Any single interpretation of mind is inadequate. The problem of the nature of mind is central question not only from metaphysical point of view, but also from that of human interests in general. In everyday sphere of human experience the manifestation of the powers of mind is closely perceived. In this paper we will study the concept of mind in its historical setting, the nature and work of cognitive science and integrated research methodology to deal with the problem of mind.

 

Cognitive Science in India (Courses Available)

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Cognitive science is the interdisciplinary scientific study of the mind and its processes. It examines what cognition is, what it does and how it works. It includes research on intelligence and behavior, especially focusing on how information is represented, processed, and transformed (in faculties such as perception, language, memory, reasoning, and emotion) within nervous systems (human or other animal) and machines (e.g. computers). Cognitive science consists of multiple research disciplines, including psychology, artificial intelligence, philosophy, neuroscience, linguistics, and anthropology. It spans many levels of analysis, from low-level learning and decision mechanisms to high-level logic and planning; from neural circuitry to modular brain organization. The fundamental concept of cognitive science is “that thinking can best be understood in terms of representational structures in the mind and computational procedures that operate on those structures.”

Here I am going to give the information about the courses available in India with concerned Institute details:

1.     Centre of Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences (CBCS) , University of Allahabad, India

Courses Available:

  • A Master (M.Sc.) in Cognitive Science : Students who have completed a Bachelors degree in Behavioural/Cognitive Science or related disciplines including Psychology, Neuroscience, Biosciences, Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, Medicine, etc. are eligible to apply for admission to the Master programme.
  • Doctoral program in Cognitive Science : Students who have completed a Master program in Behavioural/Cognitive Science or related disciplines including Psychology, Neuroscience, Sciences, Engineering (e.g., Computer Science, Electronics & Communication, Electrical Engineering), Linguistics, Medicine, and Philosophy are eligible to apply for admission to the Doctoral Program. Students with NET/JRF/CSIR/GATE/ICMR are encouraged to apply.
  • Website: http://cbcs.ac.in/
  • Centre of Behavioural      and Cognitive Sciences, (CBCS), University of Allahabad (PhD, MSc /      MA)

2.     IIT Gandhi Nagar

Courses Available:M.Sc. , Ph.D.

  • M.Sc. in Cognitive Science: Students who have a Bachelor’s degree (e.g. B.A., B.Sc., B.Tech.) with a minimum of 55% (5.5 CGPA for students with letter grades/CGPA) aggregate marks for General/OBC category candidates and at least 50% (5.0 CGPA for students with letter grades/CGPA) aggregate marks for SC, ST and PD category candidates in the qualifying degree, are eligible to apply for admission to the Master’s program in Cognitive Science. Students who are awaiting final semester/year results may also apply
  • Cognitive Science program IIT      Gandhinagar, [[Ph.D., M.Sc]]      (from 2010, 2013)
  • Website: http://cogs.iitgn.ac.in/

3.     School Of Cognitive Science, Jadavpur University

          Course Offered:, M.Phil. , Ph.D.

4.     Center for Neural and Cognitive Sciences, University of Hyderabad

          Course offered: M.Phil , Ph.D.

  • For M.Phil. and Ph.D.: Master’s degree in any discipline in the Humanities or Social or Natural Sciences with at least 55% marks. Selection is made on the basis of a written test followed by an interview.
  • University of Hyderabad, Center for Neural and Cognitive Sciences (Ph.D., MPhil)

5.     National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) Bangalore

           Course Offered:  Ph.D.

  • Ph.D. Program: The scholarships are open to those who have completed / are completing a Master’s/M.Phil. degree in any relevant subject in natural sciences, engineering, mathematics, social sciences, humanities or the arts, and with a consistently proven academic record (minimum 55% marks). Some research and/or field experience in the concerned areas may be preferred, but is not essential. Candidates who have passed the NET/ SET examinations or qualified for JRF/ DST/ CSIR/ ICSSR fellowships will be preferred.
  • National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Indian Institute of Science Campus (Ph.D.)
  • Website: http://www.nias.res.in/research-schools-humanities-cognition.php

6.     IIT Hyderabad

Hope we will find more institute who are willing to explore in this area of research in future.

 

International Conference on Cognition, Emotion and Action

The cognitive science program at Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar (IITGN) is pleased to announce the second International Conference on Cognition, Emotion and Action during December 6-8, 2013. We invite papers that report empirical or theoretical research that contribute to the understanding of the interrelations among cognition, emotion and action. We also welcome research that falls into broader themes related to the main topics of the conference. Proposals are also invited for symposiums on themes related to cognition, emotion and action that focus on breaking the methodological boundaries. The conference aims to bring together leading researchers from different areas of cognitive science, such as cognitive or computational psychology, philosophy of mind, neuroscience, artificial intelligence, anthropology etc. This conference is conceived as a continuation to the earlier International conference on Cognition, Experience and Creativity, which was held during October 29-31, 2010.

More details:

http://www.iitgn.ac.in/cea2013/

 

2012 in review

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600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,800 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 8 years to get that many views.

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2011 in review by WordPress.com

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

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A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,800 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

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Concept of Mind (Manas) and Intelligence (Buddhi) in Indian Philosophy

Call for Papers for the Second Issue of Lokāyata

Lokāyata: Journal of Positive Philosophy

Lokāyata: Journal of Positive Philosophy is a bi-annual interdisciplinary journal of the Center for Positive Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies (CPPIS). The name Lokāyata can be traced to Kautilya’s Arthashastra, which refers to three ānvīkikīs (logical philosophies), Yoga, Samkhya and Lokāyata. Lokāyata here still refers to logical debate (disputatio, “criticism”) in general and not to a materialist doctrine in particular. The objectives of the journal are to encourage new thinking on concepts and theoretical frameworks in the disciplines of humanities and social sciences to disseminate such new ideas and research papers (with strong emphasis on modern implications of philosophy) which have broad relevance in society in general and man’s life in particular. The Centre will publish two issues of the journal every year. Each regular issue of the journal will contain full-length papers, discussions and comments, book reviews, information on new books and other relevant academic information. Each issue will contain about 100 Pages.         

Theme of Present Issue:

Concept of Mind (Manas) and Intelligence (Buddhi) in Indian Philosophy

Instructions to the Contributors

The article should be typewritten preferably in Times New Roman font with 12 sizes (English) in MS-Word 2003 and should be between 3000 to 5000 words. They should be typed on one side of the paper, double spaced with ample margins, and contain author(s)/contributor’s name and his/her institutional affiliation along with the complete mailing address. An abstract of 150-200 words should be included. The authors should submit the hard copy alongwith a CD or as an e-mail attachment to be sent to dr.sirswal@gmail.com.

Only papers which have not been published elsewhere will be considered. Proofs will be sent to the authors if there if sufficient time to do so.

Time Line: 31st January, 2012

Reference Style:

Notes and references should appear at the end of the articles as Notes. Arrange references in alphabetical order by the last name of the first author and then by his initials. The following style of reference may be strictly followed:

  • In case of Journal: Authors last name, initials, year of publication, name of the paper, name of the journal (italic), volume number, issue number and page number.
  • In case of a Book: Authors last name, initials, year of publication, title of the book(italic), name of publisher, place of publication and page numbers.
  • In case of an edited Book: Authors last name, initials, year of publication, name of the editor, title of the book (italic), name of publisher, place of publication and page numbers.
  • In case of institution/Govt. Report: full name of the institution/ministry, year of publication, place of publication.

All contributions to the Journal, other editorial enquiries and books for review are to be sent to:

Dr. Desh Raj Sirswal,

Editor, Lokāyata: Journal of Positive Philosophy,

Centre for Positive Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies (CPPIS),

Milestone Education Society (Regd),  Valmiki Dharmashala, Pehowa,

Distt. Kurukshetra (HARYANA)-136128 (India)

Mobile No.09896848775, 08968544048

E-mail: dr.sirswal@gmail.com, mses.02@gmail.com

Websites: http://lokayatajournal.webs.com

http://drsirswal.webs.com

Reference: CPPIS/11/065   Dated: 22/09/2011

 

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