Brains Blog Roundtable: Values in Cognitive Science

Robyn Bluhm. Self‐fulfilling prophecies: The influence of gender stereotypes on functional neuroimaging research on emotion. Hypatia.
Shen-yi Liao and Vanessa Carbonell. Materialized Oppression in Medical Tools and Technologies. American Journal of Bioethics.

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Sam Liao

Sally Haslanger:
We are delighted to announce the next in our series of Brains Blog Roundtables. The topic of this discussion is values in cognitive science!
Shen-yi Liao and Nat Henson. ‘Extremely Racist’ and ‘Incredibly Sexist’: An Empirical Response to the Charge of Conceptual Inflation. Journal of the American Philosophical Association.
Jennifer Saul:
Peter Railton:

Uwe Peters

Elizabeth Anderson:
Shen-yi Liao and Bryce Huebner. Oppressive things. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research.

Morgan Thompson

Liam Kofi Bright, Daniel Malinsky, and Morgan Thompson. Causally interpreting intersectionality theory. Philosophy of Science.
Meena Krishnamurthy:
Keith Payne:

Other Works Cited:

Uwe Peters. Algorithmic political bias in artificial intelligence systems. Philosophy and Technology.
Please join us and our great panelists, Sam Liao (University of Puget Sound), Uwe Peters (University of Bonn and Cambridge University), and Morgan Thompson (Bielefeld University), for a great discussion! We talk about the difficulties in studying value-laden concepts, how values shape cognitive science inquiry, controversies surrounding implicit bias, and even some aesthetics!
Michael Stuart, David Colaço, and Edouard Machery. P-curving x-phi: Does experimental philosophy have evidential value? Analysis.
Patricia Hill Collins. Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment. Routledge.

Other Scholars Cited:

Morgan Thompson. Psychological Research on Racial Microaggressions: Community Science and Concept Explication. In Microaggressions and Philosophy. Eds. Lauren Freeman and Jeanine Weekes Schroer. Routledge.
Please see below for links to material cited in the video. Previous roundtables can be viewed at
Katherine Phillips. What is the real value of diversity in organizations? Questioning our assumptions. In S. Page (Ed.), The diversity bonus (pp. 223–245). Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Valerie Soon:
Edouard Machery:
Shen-yi Liao, Aaron Meskin, and Joshua Knobe. Dual Character Art Concepts. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly.
Peter Carruthers:
Bryce Huebner: