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Want to be part of an interdisciplinary, informal group of like-minded people who meet every month to discuss topics in cognitive science over a glass of wine? DIY Cognitive Science is like a book club, but for academic books. Like a fun informal study group, but you don’t need to be at school. Like a social meetup, but with a bit of intellectual meat.

The idea is to do this Barcamp style, but very lightweight. Each session, someone will be responsible for providing some content for a 15 minute presentation. You can draw this from anywhere - iTunesU lectures, online journals, MIT open courseware, your own research, something you learned at school. If you want you can provide some material for reading ahead of time. The presentation is followed by 45 minutes of discussion, with everyone in the group participating. It’s designed to be very low pressure, but to allow members of the group to pass their knowledge on.

We welcome people with backgrounds or interests in any field. The Wikipedia definition of cognitive science includes linguistics, psychology, philosophy, neuroscience, computer science, anthropology and biology, but anyone who is interested why our minds work the way they do is welcome.

The first meetup will be on Wednesday 21st May, and a yet to be determined location. Interested? Then contact Cathy either via email ([email protected]) or Twitter (@cathye). See more on

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Added by CathyE on May 7, 2008