If you happen to be in Durham this weekend, come and hang out at this party:
From Neuron to Language
States of the art in the cognitive neuroscience of language
A couple of departments at Durham are hosting a little symposium on this stuff, with the hope of stimulating philosophical discussion. Speakers include Richard Wise, Angela Friederici, Gary Marcus, Lolly Tyler, and some others.
Here is the idea: "All invited speakers are asked to take a step back from their day-to-day research and assess what has and has not been achieved in terms of an understanding of the brain basis of the human linguistic mind. The overall aim of the symposium is largely philosophical, insofar as we wish to understand the mind in terms of the brain, yet the approach is bottom-up in that we approach the issue from the experimentalist’s point of view."
If all of this happens with appropriate levels of lubrication (is gin a lubricant?), it could be quite entertaining. As you can predict, I will argue that it is not at all clear whether there is a game in town at all. Hope to see you there.