*** SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS ***
EXTENDED DEADLINE: *August 31st, 2017*
Third Avant Conference
Trends in Interdisciplinary Studies
UNDERSTANDING SOCIAL COGNITION
October 20-22 2017
Maria Curie-Skłodowska University
Within the social sciences, it is widely accepted that groups of people exhibit social properties and dynamics that emerge from, but cannot be reductively identified with the actions and properties of individual members. Nevertheless, psychology and cognitive science have only reluctantly embraced the idea that something similar might happen in the domain of mind and cognition.
In the next couple of weeks our research group will start reading Hutto and Myin’s new book Evolving Enactivism: Basic Minds Meet Content. Here is the book’s overview from the MIT Press website:
Evolving Enactivism argues that cognitive phenomena—perceiving, imagining, remembering—can be best explained in terms of an interface between contentless and content-involving forms of cognition. Building on their earlier book Radicalizing Enactivism, which proposes that there can be forms of cognition without content, Daniel Hutto and Erik Myin demonstrate the unique explanatory advantages of recognizing that only some forms of cognition have content while others—the most elementary ones—do not. They offer an account of the mind in duplex terms, proposing a complex vision of mentality in which these basic contentless forms of cognition interact with content-involving ones.
Hutto and Myin argue that the most basic forms of cognition do not, contrary to a currently popular account of cognition, involve picking up and processing information that is then used, reused, stored, and represented in the brain. Rather, basic cognition is contentless—fundamentally interactive, dynamic, and relational. In advancing the case for a radically enactive account of cognition, Hutto and Myin propose crucial adjustments to our concept of cognition and offer theoretical support for their revolutionary rethinking, emphasizing its capacity to explain basic minds in naturalistic terms. They demonstrate the explanatory power of the duplex vision of cognition, showing how it offers powerful means for understanding quintessential cognitive phenomena without introducing scientifically intractable mysteries into the mix.
Our group will be well represented at the Evolution of Cultural Complexity satellite session of the Conference on Complex Systems 2017 in Cancun. The session will take place on Sept. 21.
We have two student abstracts accepted:
The 4th International Colloquium of Cognitive Science will take place this Oct. 4-6 in Mexico City. Several members of our group have been invited to give talks. More information will become available on the colloquium website soon.
On June 8 members if our group participated in an event at the Centre for the Sciences of Complexity (C3) called: “C3: Un Centro Transversal para la UNAM”.
We created a number of posters about our current work in progress:
- Froese, T., Ramirez, S., Leenen, I., González, X., Zapata, L., Ortiz, G. & Azpeitia, M. (2017). Encephalization and mating system in fishes
- Froese, T. & Soto Astorga, E. F. (2017). The language-based endo/exo effect: A preliminary analysis
- Gómez Escobar, H., Ortiz Garin, G. U., López Hernández, A. & Froese, T. (2017). Perceptual studies in the use of human-computer interfaces: Sensory substitution in a sensorimotor task
- Gonzalez-Grandón, X., Froese, T. & Pineda, L. A. (2017). Motor system involvement during listening without bodily movement
- Zarco, M. & Froese, T. (2017). Self-modeling in continuous-time Hopfield neural networks