Imagination and the Adapted Mind:
The Prehistory and Future of Poetry, Fiction, and Related Arts

August 26-29, 1999
University of California, Santa Barbara

Final Schedule
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Thursday, August 26

Friday August 27 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Session #3
  Chair: Charles Bazerman (English and Education, UCSB)

Pascal Boyer (Centre National  de la Recherche Scientifique, Lyon), "Evolutionary Psychology and Proximate Cognitive Explanations of Religious Concepts."Abstract.

Ellen Spolsky (English, Bar-Ilan University), "Forbidding Art: The Problem of Transfiguration as Tool Use."  Abstract.

Coffee break (15 minutes)

Frederick Turner (English, U of Texas, Dallas), "Creative Dynamical Systems in Nature, Economics, Art, and Religion: Transcending Biological and Social Reductionism."  Abstract.

General Discussion

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Session #4
Saturday, August 28 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Session #6
  Chair: Don Zimmerman (Sociology, UCSB)

Steven Pinker (Cognitive Science, MIT), "To Delight and Instruct: Fiction as an Adaptation and as a By-Product."  Abstract.

Gabriele Schwab (English, UC Irvine): "Transference and the Cultural Imaginary." Abstract.

Coffee break (15 minutes)

Porter Abbott (English, UCSB), "The Bonding of Narrative and the Literature Effect."  Abstract.

General Discussion

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Session # 7 (with coffee break and discussion)
  Chair: Donald Brown (Anthropology, UCSB)

Kay Young (English, UCSB) and Jeffrey Saver (Neurology, UCLA), "The Neurology of Narrative."  Abstract.

Tamar Szabo Gendler (Philosophy, Syracuse University), "The Puzzle of Imaginative Resistance"

Coffee break (15 minutes)

Lisa Zunshine (English, UCSB), "A Modest Proposal and Metarepresentationality: Gauging the Truth-Value of Narrative."  Abstract.

General Discussion

Sunday, August 29 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Session #8
  Chair: Simon Williams (Dramatic Art & IHC, UCSB)

Ellen Dissanayake (Seattle-based author), "Becoming Homo Aestheticus: Sources of Aesthetic Imagination in Mother-infant Early Interactions." Abstract.

Francis Steen (English, UCSB), "The Learning-mode Hypothesis of the Literary Imagination." Abstract.

Coffee break (15 minutes)

Leda Cosmides (Psychology, UCSB), "Cognitive Maturation and the Evolution of Aesthetics"

General Discussion

The Sorcerer from the Trois-Frères cave (17,000 B.P.) in Ariège, France, drawn by l'Abbé Breuil

Conference Theme
Imagination and the Adapted Mind