Phil/Psych 447 Phil 673

Seminar in Cognitive Science: Cognition and Social Change

Week 4: Social Mechanisms


  1. Does the idea of social mechanism as parts and interactions make sense?
  2. Are there additional kinds of social interactions not mentioned?
  3. How are people connected to each other?
  4. What social mechanisms have you been a part of?
  5. Are there additional kinds of communication not mentioned?
  6. How do semantic pointers result from communication?
  7. Are there additional kinds of mechanisms for spreading emotions?
  8. What else should be part of a social cognitive-emotional workup?
  9. How is SCEW different from usual social science methods?
  10. What is emotional energy?
  11. Can multilevel mechanisms explain social change?
  12. How do social mechanisms result in emergent properties?


Phil/Psych 447

Paul Thagard

Computational Epistemology Laboratory.

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