The Center for Mind & Cognition (CMC) is an interdisciplinary platform at the Ruhr-University Bochum. The objective of the Center for Mind & Cognition is to investigate the enigmatic and at the same time fascinating nature of the mind and its constitutive cognitive processes by tapping the full potential of interdisciplinary collaborations. A better understanding of cognition from multiple perspectives will contribute to the development of an empirically anchored integrative understanding of the architecture of mind and cognition. The special strategy of CMC is to investigate the same normal or pathological behavior from different perspectives including evolutionary, ontogenetic, mechanistic, computational, functional, social and especially philosophical explanations. Read More
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Carrie Figdor (Iowa, USA)
03.12.2019 RUB GA 04/187
14.15 – 15.15 (Lecture / Brief Q&A) GA/04 187
15.20 – 16.00 (Further Discussion)
Psychology began as the part of philosophy concerning the soul. Scientific psychology is still struggling to abandon this historical legacy. I will discuss the ways in which psychology remains unjustifiably anthropocentric, and how and why it is finally undergoing the conceptual revolution needed to make it fully consistent with evolutionary theory.
28.-29.11.2019, RUB, Veranstaltungszentrum, Saal 4
This workshop investigates the status of representations in a mechanical account of the mind and cognition. One core question will be whether the status of neural and mental representation is equally problematic. While sub-personal phenomena seem to be less resistant to mechanistic explanation, many personal-level mental phenomena seem to be “representation hungry”. The burden of argument seems to be on the side of the mechanists to show how to explain these phenomena without invoking mental representations. A second core question concerns the relationship between neural and mental representations. It is often assumed that the former are needed to account for the latter. However, naturalising neural representations, and accounting for their explanatory utility in a mechanistic neuroscience proves difficult. How intertwined are beliefs and desires with neural representations? Do they only come together, or is a conceptual repertoire including one but not the other a coherent possibility?
Organisation: Matej Kohár, Dr. Beate Krickel
Financial support: RUB Research School, funded by Germany’s Excellence Initiative [DFG GSC 98/3], RTG “Situated Cognition”, Prof. Dr. Albert Newen
Prof. Dr Maria Wimber (University of Birmingham)
Cognitive Science Lecture Series
08.11.2019, 14:00-15:00, RUB Mercatorraum (GA 04/187)
Die Vortragsreihe „Wie wir die Welt sehen – Philosophie und Kognition“ startet am 1. Oktober 2019 um 18 Uhr im Blue Square, Kortumstraße 90, 44787 Bochum. Der Eintritt ist frei, eine Anmeldung nicht erforderlich. Danach gibt es jeweils am ersten Dienstag eines Monats einen Vortrag zu einem anderen Aspekt der Wahrnehmung.
23. – 26.09.2019
The Research Training Group ‘Situated Cognition’ invites applications for this year’s summer school. The summer school aims to provide state-of-the-art scientific and research-oriented training on recent developments in situated approaches to cognition in various research fields such as philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience. The Research Training Group invites highly promising doctoral students and early postdoctoral researchers from European and overseas universities and research institutions. The open and constructive setting provides an opportunity for networking, which is complemented by intensive discussions and interactions with leading experts and fellow students.(more…)
02. – 04.09.2019
The European Conference for Cognitive Science 2019 will feature contributed papers, symposia, and posters covering all subfields of cognitive science, and will bring together a large number of experts from Europe and overseas.
Lawrence Barsalou (University of Glasgow)
Julia Fischer (Universität Göttingen)
Patrick Haggard (UCL, London)
Asifa Majid (University of York)
Brian McLaughlin (Rutgers University)
Natalie Sebanz (CEU, Hungary)
John Spencer (University of East Anglia)