LINGUIST List 33.2228

Thu Jul 07 2022

Confs: Cognitive Science/USA

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 05-Jul-2022
From: Francisco de Assis Mariano <>
Subject: Parables and Brains
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Parables and Brains
Short Title: LARA

Date: 07-Jul-2022 - 07-Jul-2022
Location: Online, USA
Contact: Francisco de Assis Mariano
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science

Meeting Description:

Dear Colleague,

You are invited to participate in the next session of the Logic and Religion Webinar Series which will be held on July 7, 2022, at 4pm CET with the topic:

Speaker: Andrew Pinsent (The University of Oxford, UK).
Chair: Fábio Bertato (UNICAMP, Brazil).

Please, register in advance:

Abstract: Why did Jesus teach so much in parables? These parables usually have clear explanations but why not simply teach the explanations, given the risk of misinterpretation? In this presentation, I share new insights from neuroscience that have highlighted the ancient distinction between knowledge and understanding (intellectus/nous), a distinction that is at the heart of so many challenges to Artificial Intelligence. I further argue that understanding is communicated in a privileged manner by means of metaphor and narrative. On this account, parables are not merely convenient but may be indispensable for offering the understanding upon which knowledge and wisdom are based.

Join us 5 minutes prior to the beginning of the session!

With best wishes,

Francisco de Assis Mariano
The University of Missouri-Columbia
LARA Secretary

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