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Shane Glackin at the Biological Interest Group – Monday 23rd May, 2-3pm, Byrne House

May 17, 2016 Leave a comment

Dear all,

You are invited to the next meeting of the Biological Interest Group. It will take place this coming Monday 23rd of May. The meeting will be held in the seminar room at Byrne House, from 2-3pm. Participants can bring food and drinks if they wish.

Next week we are very pleased to receive the visit of Shane Glackin, from Exeter, discussing his paper “Rule-following and the Evolution of Public Language”. Shane kindly sent us a short description of the paper and how we might help:

“I gave a much earlier version of this paper at a Department seminar some time ago; apologies to anybody it seems overly familiar to. I had originally intended to present something else here, but it isn’t anywhere near ready.

To cut a long story short, I’m having trouble with journal referees. It keeps getting split reports, where one referee recommends acceptance, and the other rejection. The grounds for rejection have ranged from the hilariously vituperative (“as stupid as it is offensive”; the combination of anonymity and Chomskyans’ feverish defense of the Dear Leader doesn’t make for terribly pleasant reading) to the more reasonable. The big sticking point at present seems to be the amount of expository work the paper goes through. There’s a lot (occasionally, the same referee who complains will also ask for more…), but my feeling is that that is necessary; the paper brings together at least three different literatures, and few potential readers will be familiar with them all. Even with it all there, not really understanding the dialectical situation has been evident in a few reviewers’ comments. So that’s one thing feedback would be really helpful on; is it all necessary, and if not what might profitably be cut? And the other which arises from this; *is* the background, dialectical situation, etc. easy enough to follow?

The paper is also pretty long, which limits the number of journals available to it. So again, ideas on what might be taken out (and what should not) would be helpful.”

Please contact Thomas Bonnin (tb391 [at] exeter.ac.uk) if you wish to join the group or for any other information.

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Tom Roberts and Giovanna Colombetti at the Biological Interest Group – Monday 9th May, 2-3pm, Byrne House

May 17, 2016 Leave a comment

Dear all,

You are invited to the next meeting of the Biological Interest Group. It will take place this coming Monday 9th of May. The meeting will be held in the seminar room at Byrne House, from 2-3pm. Participants can bring food and drinks if they wish.

Next week we are very pleased to receive the visit of Tom Roberts and Giovanna Colombetti, from Exeter, discussing their paper “Affecting Perceptual Experience”. The authors kindly sent us a short description of the paper and how we might help:

“This short paper is a work in progress in which we discuss the question of whether, and how, an individual’s affective states – including her emotions and moods – can help to determine how she perceptually experiences the world around her. Drawing on an ecological approach to perception, according to which living agents perceive their surroundings in terms of the opportunities for action that it affords them, we argue that there are cases in which a subject’s affective condition can influence perceptual experience in a deep and non-trivial way. There are cases in which a person’s affective condition is strongly associated with a particular profile of embodied characteristics (such as tensed muscles, increased heart-rate, and postural changes). These features alter what she is able to do within her environment, and so transform the opportunities for action she perceives her surroundings as affording.

We would be especially interested to hear what the group thinks about our examples (and to gather more suggestions!), and to receive general advice on how to improve the paper. This version has a few sections taken out, as we haven’t settled on the scope and structure of the final piece, and we’d be very happy to discuss the overall construction of the paper.”

Please contact Thomas Bonnin (tb391 [at] exeter.ac.uk) if you wish to join the group or for any other information.

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