Wayne Gray, Acting Dean, HASS

 

Wayne Gray, Acting Dean, HASS

Sage 4101

October 28, 2009 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Abstract: 

 This will be a speculative talk that attempts to tie together regularities found in my research and in a diverse array of interdisciplinary work to William James' notion of the "specious present" (1890). In doing so I will argue that James specious present is not significant because of the phenomenology it encompasses, but due to its capturing of the basic unit of cognitive control: the interactive routine. Understanding the control embodied in the interactive routine is key to understanding the design assumptions of nature and why suboptimal performance results when these assumptions are violated.
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