domingo, 4 de março de 2012

Workshop on Emergence, Dynamics, and Cognition

UOW Philosophy is hosting a workshop on Emergence, Dynamics, and Cognition on April 12th and 13th. Registration is free, but please contact Patrick McGivern by March 30th if you are interested in attending. Recent work at the intersection of cognitive science, philosophy of science, and philosophy of biology has emphasized the importance of dynamical processes in cognition. A central idea in much of this work is that cognitive processes are 'emergent', and that understanding emergence is essential for understanding cognition. But emergence is a notoriously ambiguous concept, which critics argue doesn't play any explanatory role. The aim of this workshop is to improve our understanding of the relationship between emergence, dynamics, and cognition, along with closely related ideas about extended cognition, niche construction, and mechanistic explanation.

Speakers include:

Adele Abrahamsen (UCSD)
Bill Bechtel (UCSD)
Brett Calcott (ANU)
Mirko Farina (Macquarie)
Patrick McGivern (Wollongong)
Richard Menary (Macquarie)
Jonathan Opie (Adelaide)
Rob Rupert (Colorado)
Elizabeth Schier (Macquarie)
Karola Stotz (Sydney)
Kellie Williamson (Macquarie)

For more information, contact Patrick McGivern at

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