A key feature of complex systems is that they arise in interaction with the environment, including other complex systems with which they relate. The challenge they pose is double, because they entail systemic relations among parts and relationships of the constituted entity with other systems, their boundaries being often fuzzy. Thus, in addition to “vertical” complexity, the “horizontal” organization of this identity needs to be accounted for in interactions with others and the environment. Studying interactive processes of this kind in biological, cognitive, and social systems is a pending task for several fields of science and philosophy. The scope of natural and artificial examples and topics for thinking and modelling is wide in domains including the physiological, evolutionary and medical realm, also the mental and intersubjective, and extending to socio political agencies.
‘Inter-identity’ is a word we have composed with the aim to integrate the various dimensions and phenomenologies encountered by research into these kinds of complexities within a single expression. Issues of identity in biological, cognitive and social, biomedical, educational and political systems closely relate to aspects of individuality and individuation, but we are particularly interested in identifying phenomena occurring at the intersections and as the result of relations beyond individuality. Certainly, these problems are also relevant in artificial or computational models and devices built for research on living, cognitive and social phenomena. To solve these issues, we need to combine theoretical and empirical (operational) approaches, as a number of similarities can be drawn across domains or areas of research.
We propose this Research Topic within the multidisciplinary scope provided by Frontiers precisely to put together different descriptions of complex systems that comprise ‘inter-identities’, within the biological, cognitive and social spheres, along with the necessary conceptual philosophical work required to deal with the variety of cases, and with a special emphasis on theoretical and philosophical issues of Psychology.
Keywords: complexity, individuality, interaction, agency, relational autonomy
The 2018-2019 ENSO season continues next week with Harry Heft, from Denison University, on “Places as Emergent Dynamic Structures in Everyday Life”.
3pm UTC, on Thursday 8th November
The details of the talk, including the time in your own timezone (watch the daylight savings change!), can be found on the ENSO webpage.
As ever, if you would like to join us in the live session to participate in the discussion you would be welcome to do so. If you are interested in doing so, please send an email to email@example.com, and we will send an invitation link to the YouTube Live session when things kick off. We welcome all researchers with an interest in participating.
The opportunity for discussion will continue on the ENSO webpage after the talk also. (more…)
The ALife2019 Organizing Committee invites proposals for Workshops, Special Sessions and Tutorial to be held in conjunction with The 2019 Conference on Artificial Life (ALIFE 2019), which will be held in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK on 29 July – 2 August, 2019.
We especially encourage proposals that relate to the theme of ALIFE 2019: How Can Artificial Life Help Solve Societal Challenges?
Collective coupling and coordinated joint action in musical ritual settings are core elements of human cultural practices around the world.
Studies of ritual and social cognition have paid increasing attention to the rich embodied, temporal, and sensorial dimensions of social coupling during ritual practice.
In this paper, Ximena González-Grandón explore inclusive perspectives which believe that to take embodied and experimental aspects of synchronized movement seriously it is necessary to include the activation of the entire motor body and peripheral nervous system.
Successful social and musical coupling relies upon the transient synchronization of distinct frecuency oscilations throughout the entire body, and this synchronization allows for brief temporal windows of social communication sustained by special kinds of shared bodily consciousness.
Link to the full article: How Music Connects: Social Sensory Consciousness in Musical Ritual
Time, the body and the Other: Phenomenological and Psychopathological Approaches.
13th – 15th September 2018, Heidelberg
Youtube Playlist of the Lectures Link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJfiJVVtML-vGOpZVNPE5iYvQAYUPjOmN
This conference aims at exploring and discussing the intertwinement of temporality, embodiment and intersubjectivity from phenomenological and psychopathological approaches. (more…)
Special issue: Spotlight on 4E Cognition Research in Mexico
Adaptative Behavior, Volume: 26, Number: 5 (October 2018)
This issue is now available at: http://journals.sagepub.com/toc/adba/26/5
Table of contents (more…)
Embodiment is the idea that our mental life, including musical subjectivity, depends directly on our body – its internal biological norms, and its patterns of activity in the environment – rather than just on the brain.
Research and theory on how we engage with, and make sense of, music is more than ever concerned with movements, gestures, sensorimotor couplings, and motor resonances. These are now recurrent themes in the music research community and are increasingly understood as features central to musical learning, emotion, development, perception, and performance, among others.
The centrality of body and action for human musicality has also promoted a debate for understanding the history and cultural diversity of musical subjectivity: how the rich interplay between embodied and social factors contribute to the development of musical styles and identities across different historical, geographical, and cultural contexts.
However, the real implications this framework can offer for our understanding of music and musicality remain unclear. What does it really mean for music cognition to be
The University of Tokyo Center for Philosophy (UTCP) in collaboration with University of Cincinnati is hosting a workshop exploring topics related to Enactive and Ecological accounts of Embodied Cognition, Comparative Chinese and Japanese Philosophy, and Artificial Intelligence. The workshop will be held at the University of Tokyo campus on December 6th and 7th 2018.
5E Cognition refers to the coalition of enactive, extended, embedded, ecological, and embodied theories of cognition and action. The general scope of the workshop is to discuss the implications of Artificial Intelligence, virtual environments, and technological artifacts through the interdisciplinary lens of 5E Cognition. They plan to explore the ways in which human action, perception, and cognition may be profoundly changed by our increasingly digital world. How technology expands, augments, and inhibits the human capacity for ethical and social practice is of particular interest.