[SydPhil] WORKSHOP: "Minimal Cognition. From Biology to Mind" - University of Wollongong - 11th April 2018

Miguel Segundo Ortin miguel.segundo.ortin at gmail.com
Wed Mar 21 11:46:41 AEDT 2018

The University of Wollongong is hosting the workshop *"Minimal 
Cognition. From Biology to Mind"* that will take place on the *11th of 
April 2018* at the *Research Hub of the Arts Building (Building 19, Room 

This workshop aims to explore recent empirical discoveries on minimal 
forms of intelligence in order to set up the basis for an empirically 
informed philosophical discussion on the origins of cognition. The focus 
of the discussion will be on instances of minimal cognition (plant 
learning and signalling, decission making in brainless organisms), 
phylogenetic and ontogenetic factors in the emergence of cognition, the 
relation between cognition and other (biological and non-biological) 
processes, explanatory models and approaches, and minimal forms of 
subjectivity and agency.

The Schedule is as follows:

10.00 - 11.00 *    Madeleine Beekman* (University of Sydney)
                             "Information transfer in swarming 
honeybees. From brainly individuals to brainless collective"

11.00 - 12.00 ***Patrick McGivern *(University of Wollongong)
                             "Cognition without life? Active matter and 
minimal cognition"

12.00 - 1.00                  Lunch

1.00 - 2.30         Postgraduate Sessions

                     1.00 - 1.45 *Jules Smith-Ferguson* (University of 
                     "Who needs a brain? Minimal cognition in the slime 

                     1.45 - 2.30 *Lachlan Walmsley *(Australian National 
                     "Marginal mechanisms and minimal cognition"

2.30 - 3.00            Coffe/Tea/Refreshments

3.00 - 4.00 *Monica Gagliano *(University of Western Australia)
                        "Inside the vegetal mind: On the cognitive 
abilities of plants"

Attendance is free but registration is required*. To register, please 
send an email to Miguel Segundo-Ortin (*mso693 at uowmail.edu.au*) before 
5th of April.

This event is supported by the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts 
at the University of Wollongong, and it is partially funded by a grant 
from the Australasian Association of Philosophy (APA).

*Miguel Segundo-Ortin*
Ph.D Candidate
School of Humanities and Social Inquiry
Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts
University of Wollongong (Australia)
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