Monday, July 22, 2013

The Chinese Room

A few months back I got a request from my friend and colleague from Tufts, the philosopher Dan Dennett. Dan is the co-director of the Tufts Center for Cognitive Studies along with my mentor, Ray Jackendoff, so I got to benefit from his wisdom and humor throughout graduate school.

He asked me to recreate a comic strip he saw posted on the wall of an MIT Artificial Intelligence lab almost 30 years ago by an unknown author. The comic is based on the philosopher John Searle's famous thought experiment about the "Chinese Room."


An "official" posting is also found on my website here, along with both a horizontal and vertical version.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Complete site relaunch!

So... you may have noticed that things look a little different around here! I have officially relaunched my website with a whole new design and new url. The address for the new website is:

http://www.visuallanguagelab.com

...while the new url for the blog is...

http://www.thevisuallinguist.com

The old blog RSS feed should still be working as normal. Old links should serve as redirects (if everything is working right). However, please update any links you might have, pass around links to the new ones, and enjoy the new site!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Comic-Con 2013

If you're going to Comic-Con, be sure to come by my talk on Friday July 19th at 2pm, room 26AB. I'll be talking about some of my experiments on "Comics and the Brain." Here's the full listing:


Comics Arts Conference Session #8: Comics Theory
Scott Daniel Boras (Winona State University) examines the sensory experience of reading comics, what it means to be a collector, and other aspects of materiality that might be lost or left behind when comic books go digital. Neil Cohn (University of California, San Diego) summarize what the latest research from cognitive neuroscience tells us about what happens in your brain when you read comics. Kay K. Clopton (Ohio State University) analyzes how speech, sound, and emotive effects feed into the experience of reading American and Japanese women's comics.
Friday July 19, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm 



Also... full website relaunching coming soon in just a few days!