Radical Emergence in Brain and Behavior

14 April 2023

Radical Emergence in Brain and Behavior

In my book, The Entangled Brain, I proposed that it is productive to view the brain and a complex, entangled system, one in which the parts dynamically assemble into coalitions that support complex cognitive–emotional behaviors (Pessoa, 2022a). An entangled system is a deeply context-dependent one in which the function of parts (such as a brain […]

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CFA: Philosophy and Mathematics of Situated Agency

16 March 2023

CFA: Philosophy and Mathematics of Situated Agency

Keynote speakers: Daniel Hutto (University of Wollogong), Inês Hipólito (HU Berlin), Antonio Bicchi (Italian Institute of Technology), S​teven M. LaValle (University if Oulu), Julian Kiverstein (University of Amsterdam). Organizers invite extended abstract of approximately 250-500 words (excluding references) on the following topics: For more information visit the event page.

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New Paper (2023), J. Lee, Enactivism Meets Mechanism: Tensions & Congruities in Cognitive Science

22 February 2023

New Paper (2023), J. Lee,  Enactivism Meets Mechanism: Tensions & Congruities in Cognitive Science

Published Open Access in Minds and Machines Abstract: Enactivism advances an understanding of cognition rooted in the dynamic interac- tion between an embodied agent and their environment, whilst new mechanism sug- gests that cognition is explained by uncovering the organised components underlying cognitive capacities. On the face of it, the mechanistic model’s emphasis on localisable […]

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From Philosophy to Neuroscience and Back Again. An Interview with Terrence Deacon. Part II

1 February 2023

From Philosophy to Neuroscience and Back Again. An Interview with Terrence Deacon. Part II

From the Symbolic Species to Incomplete Nature Auguste Nahas  So it’s only in your first book, The Symbolic Species, that you came back to Peirce.  Terrence Deacon Yes. I was thinking about the evolutionary origins of human language. It was very clear to me that you just couldn’t talk about ‘pre-language’. Animals aren’t speaking in […]

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From Philosophy to Neuroscience and Back Again. An Interview with Terrence Deacon. Part I

17 January 2023

From Philosophy to Neuroscience and Back Again. An Interview with Terrence Deacon. Part I

Undergraduate & Graduate Days: Peirce, Cybernetics, Neuroscience Terrence Deacon is a professor of anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, where he teaches the co-evolution of language and the human brain. His recent work has touched on diverse questions at the intersection of philosophy and biology, such as the nature of complexity and the place […]

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CFA: Towards an Enactive Approach to Health: An Integrative Perspective which Considers Interdependence, Agency, Autonomy and Participatory Sensemaking in Therapeutic Phenomena

10 January 2023

CFA: Towards an Enactive Approach to Health: An Integrative Perspective which Considers Interdependence, Agency, Autonomy and Participatory Sensemaking in Therapeutic Phenomena

Frontiers in Psychology is inviting Research articles, Systematic reviews, Methods, Perspectives, Case reports, Conceptual analyses, and Empirical studies to their forthcoming special issue. Abstract Submission Deadline 24 January 2023Manuscript Submission Deadline 23 May 2023 For more information, see the CFA.

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New Paper (2022): R. Beer, E. Di Paolo, The theoretical foundations of enaction: Precariousness

27 December 2022

New Paper (2022): R. Beer, E. Di Paolo, The theoretical foundations of enaction: Precariousness

Published in Biosystems Abstract: Enaction is an increasingly influential approach to cognition that grew out of Maturana and Varela’s earlier work on autopoiesis and the biology of cognition. As with any relatively new scientific discipline, the enactive approach would benefit greatly from a careful analysis of its theoretical foundations. Here we initiate such an analysis […]

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New Paper (2022), D. Harrison, W. Rorot, U. Laukaiyte, Mind the matter: Active matter, soft robotics, and the making of bio-inspired artificial intelligence

22 December 2022

New Paper (2022), D. Harrison, W. Rorot, U. Laukaiyte, Mind the matter: Active matter, soft robotics, and the making of bio-inspired artificial intelligence

Published open access in Frontiers in Neurorobotics Abstract: Philosophical and theoretical debates on the multiple realisability of the cognitive have historically influenced discussions of the possible systems capable of instantiating complex functions like memory, learning, goal-directedness, and decision-making. These debates have had the corollary of undermining, if not altogether neglecting, the materiality and corporeality of […]

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New Paper (2022), A. Gambarotto, M. Mossio, Enactivism and the Hegelian Stance on Intrinsic Purposiveness

8 December 2022

New Paper (2022), A. Gambarotto, M. Mossio, Enactivism and the Hegelian Stance on Intrinsic Purposiveness

Published open access in Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences Abstract: We characterize Hegel’s stance on biological purposiveness as consisting in a twofold move, which conceives organisms as intrinsically purposive natural systems and focuses on their behavioral and cognitive abilities. We submit that a Hegelian stance is at play in enactivism, the branch of the contemporary […]

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