How is cognition anchored in the body, how could high-level intelligence evolve out of purely physical interactions with the environment? What exactly does it mean that intersubjectivity is grounded in intercorporality? What is the role of bodily self-consciousness in the evolution of the human mind? Two public lectures will explore these questions as part of the first of two meetings of the MIND Group in Berlin.
The MIND Group – initiated and coordinated by Thomas Metzinger – is a group of young philosophers and scientists with a strong interest in questions concerning the mind, consciousness and cognition. One major purpose of the group is to help bridge the gap between the sciences and the humanities. The group’s meetings (which are non-public) normally take place in the Villa Giersch in Frankfurt am Main, but now, for the first time, they will take place in Berlin, in cooperation with the ICI Berlin and the Wissenschaftskolleg. A second meeting will follow in May 2009.
Prof. Dr. Holk Cruse (Biocyberneticist, Bielefeld, currently Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin)
Author of: Autonomes Laufen (2005), Neural Networks as Cybernetic Systems (2002), Die Entdeckung der Intelligenz oder: Können Ameisen denken? (1998)
Titel of the lecture: “From First-order Embodiment to Second-order Embodiment - A Simulation Approach”
Prof. Dr. Rick Grush (Philosopher, UC San Diego)
Author of: “The Machinery of Mindedness” (in preparation) and “Temporal Representation” (in preparation).
Titel of the lecture: „How the Brain Represents Space and Time“
For further information, please contact Miriam Gabriel.
Barbara-Wengeler-Stiftung (München); Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Study; Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin; ICI Berlin.