Thinking About the Possible - Summer University 2018
Monday, July 9, 2018 - 9:00am to Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 4:00pm
Thinking About the Possible - Summer School at CEU
Thinking about the possible and impossible and exploring counterfactual (“what if?”) scenarios are fundamental aspects of the human mind. The boundary conditions for counterfactual thinking, and the extent to which it shares the same underlying cognitive machinery with related abilities such as episodic future thinking and pretend play, are currently the subjects of substantial debate in philosophy and psychology.
The course will bring together diverse perspectives on imagination and counterfactual reasoning, with seminars offered by faculty from the fields of Developmental and Cognitive Psychology, Philosophy, Linguistics, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, and Informatics on a range of topics. Course participants will learn about empirical techniques and findings from studies in cognitive development, cognitive psychology, and neuroscience and will engage with theoretical perspectives on the nature of imagination and counterfactual reasoning.