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TEDxHendrixCollege - Jack Lyons - Why You Need a Brain (and Why You Don't)

In this entertaining talk, philosopher Dr. Jack Lyons outlines his version of functionalism and asks the audience if they really do need a brain.Dr. Jack Lyons is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. He got his bachelor's degree from Valparaiso University in Indiana and his PhD in philosophy with a minor in cognitive science from the University of Arizona. He taught at Florida State University for two years before coming to Arkansas. He works mainly in epistemology, cognitive science, and philosophy of mind. Recent projects concern various issues in the foundations of cognitive science, including modularity, the nature of representation, multiple realizability, and the recent neoreductionist movement in the philosophy of mind. Most of his current work has involved the epistemology of perception. He has published several journal articles on epistemology and philosophy of psychology/cognitive science and has a recent book on Oxford University Press, entitled Perception and Basic Beliefs. He is an associate editor for the journal Episteme: A Journal of Individual and Social Epistemology.About TEDx, x = independently organized eventIn the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
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