June 25, 2019
May 8 2019

Where Do New Things Come From, and What Do We Do When We Get Them?

12:00 pm — Cotting House Conference Room

Digital Seminar Series: Simon DeDeo, Carnegie Mellon University. This event is open to faculty, doctoral students, and academic researchers. 

Where Do New Things Come From, and What Do We Do When We Get Them?

Abstract: What is the cognitive science of how we process the new, the unexpected, the pattern-breaking? I’ll present some reasons to think the human race is, by default, a novelty-rejection machine. And I’ll show empirical work that shows how communities, institutions, and the exceptional individual can overcome basic cognitive biases to create new science, new works of art, and new forms of political organization.

A buffet lunch will be available at 11:45 a.m. The talk will begin at 12:00 p.m.

Featuring

  • Simon Dedeo, headshot

    Simon is an Assistant Professor in Social and Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University, and External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute.

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