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Lisa Neal <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 7 Feb 2006 19:03:36 -0500
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The Cognitive Science Society is hosting a free 2005-2006 virtual colloquium
series presented live over the Internet.
Topic: Culture, Expertise and Resource Conflict: Why Meanings Matter
Speaker: Doug Medin, Northwestern University,
Time: February 17, 2006, Friday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
Session Description: 
This talk describes an approach to culture and cognition where within group
variability is treated as signal, not noise. This view is illustrated for
the case of conflict over natural resources among Native-American and
European-American hunters and fishermen in Wisconsin. I argue that an
analysis in terms of different utilities or super-ordinate goals fails to
illuminate the nature of the conflict. Instead our observations suggest that
differences in conceptual organization and mental models of nature give rise
to meaning differences that mediate misperceptions and stereotyping.
Session Presenter:
Doug Medin is Professor of Psychology, and Education and Social Policy at
Northwestern University. His recent work has been along a number of related
lines. With respect to culture and cognition, he and his collaborators have
been doing research on biological concepts among three groups in Peten,
Guatemala, and among Native American, Amish, and Majority culture people in
northcentral Wisconsin. The scope of these projects is fairly broad, ranging
from studies of basic level concepts and the use of categories in reasoning
to environmental decision making and links between cultural differences in
mental models of nature and culture-based models of learning in the science
classroom. He also directs the Programs in Culture, Language, and Cognition
(CLC) and Cognitive Studies of the Environment (CSE) at Northwestern.
To register, here are the steps:
• Go to You will be
taken to Elluminate’s Live Demonstrations & Events Page. 
• Look for the session titled “Culture, Expertise and Resource Conflict: Why
Meanings Matter” in the “Webinar” section. 
• Click the "Enroll Now" link next to the session 
• Enter your username and password. Or click the link for "First Time
Attendees" if you have never attended an Elluminate event before. 
• An email confirmation will be sent to with all the session details and the
software download information. 
This seminar is sponsored by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates and Elluminate.
Contact Lisa Neal at [log in to unmask] with questions about the seminar.
Lisa Neal, Ph.D.
Editor-in-Chief, eLearn Magazine, and Consultant, 
3 Valley Road, Lexington, MA 02421
Phone: 781-861-7373
Email: [log in to unmask]

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