[SydPhil] Workshop Announcement: The Origins and Nature of Contentful Minds, UoW, Nov 28th: Program now available

Glenda Satne glendasatne at gmail.com
Tue Nov 22 13:46:51 AEDT 2016

The Origins and Nature of Contentful Minds

Continuity, Transformation, Integration?

Monday 28th November 2016

Northfield's Campus, University of Wollongong

Lecture Theatre 21.G08, Early Start, Building 21

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We are pleased to announce a workshop on issues of continuity, transformation and integration that will take place at the University of Wollongong on Monday November 28th.

 It is widely assumed that at least some cognitive beings are capable of thinking contentful thoughts – thoughts that refer to things beyond themselves and which can be true or false. Do contentful thoughts exist? If so, how can we account for their natural origins? Does explaining how they arose require special explanatory resources? Or are the seemingly distinctive properties of contentful best explained as more elaborate or complex versions of signaling systems of non-human animals?  Does distinguishing between basic and non-basic forms of cognition entail any kind of problematic discontinuity thesis? Assuming such a distinction exists, to what extent does the emergence of contentful thought presuppose a radical transformation of more basic cognitive abilities? How might we understand such a transformation and how might it be explained? To what extent can basic and non-basic cognitive abilities be integrated, and how might we understand and explain such integration?



Monday 28th November 2016


10.00-11.00 TBA.

Karola Stotz, Macquarie University.


11.00-11.15 Coffee Break


11.15-12.15 “Continuity Scepticism in Doubt”

Daniel D. Hutto, University of Wollongong.


12.30-13.30 “Shared Agency and the Cooperative Evolutionary Hypothesis”

Glenda Satne, University of Wollongong, UAH


13.30-15 Lunch


15-16 “Does the evolved apprentice model remain in the zone of latent solutions?”

Tom Froese, National Autonomous University, Mexico.


16-16.15 Coffee Break


16.15-17.15 “The Origin of Content: Continuity and Transformation”

Richard Menary, Macquarie University.


17.15-17.30 Coffee Break


17.30-18.30 “From Implicit to explicit processing in phylogeny and ontogeny”.

Philip Gerrans, University of Adelaide.


19.30 Conference Dinner



All are welcome to attend. There is no registration fee, but places may be limited due to restrictions on space. Please RSVP gsatne at uow.edu.au <mailto:gsatne at uow.edu.au>  to secure a place by inserting the subject line ‘Registration for CTI Workshop, 28 Nov 2016’.
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