Emergence, Dynamics, and Cognition

April 12, 2012 - April 13, 2012
University of Wollongong


Main speakers:

Adele Abrahamsen
University of California, San Diego
Bill Bechtel
University of California, San Diego
Brett Calcott
Australian National University
Mirko Farina
Macquarie University
Patrick McGivern
University of Wollongong
University of Wollongong
Richard Menary
Macquarie University
Jonathan Opie
University of Adelaide
Robert Rupert
University of Colorado, Boulder
Elizabeth Schier
Macquarie University
Karola Stotz
University of Sydney
Kellie Williamson
Macquarie University

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Registration is free, but please contact Patrick McGivern by April 2nd 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.

Thursday, April 12th

9:00 Coffee/tea
9:30 Adele Abrahamsen (UCSD), “Dynamic Mechanistic Explanation”
10:00 Bill Bechtel (UCSD), “Organization and Dynamical Mechanistic Explanation”
11:15 Coffee/tea
11:45 Jon Opie (Adelaide), “Emergent Cognitive Structures”
12:45 Lunch
2:00 Karola Stotz (Sydney), “Cognitive-developmental Niche Construction, the Emergence of Internal Versus External, and Extended Cognition”
3:00 Mirko Farina (Macquarie), “Criss-Crossing the Boundaries of the Mind: Complementarity in Action”
4:00 Coffee/tea
4:30 Brett Calcott (ANU), “Self-Organisation, Evolvability, and Evolutionary Novelties”
5:30 End of day 1

Friday, April 13th

9:00 Coffee/tea
9:30 Rob Rupert (Colorado), “Embodiment, Consciousness, and the Massively Representational Mind,”
11:00 Coffee/tea
11:30 Elizabeth Schier (Macquarie), “Emergent Representation in Color Vision”
12:30 Lunch
1:30 Richard Menary (Macquarie), “The Emergence of Mathematical Cognition: Cultural and Neural Factors”
2:30 Patrick McGivern (UOW), “Emergence as an Explanatory Concept”
3:30 Workshop concludes

For more information, contact Patrick McGivern at [email protected]

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April 2, 2012, 6:00am +10:00

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