What it is, how it works, how it evolved, and what sets human thinking apart from animal thinking. Novel biological research sheds light on the latter of these questions through new mathematical models of animal thinking and the identification of, as it seems, a crucial trait enabling humans to learn language and develop culture while animals cannot. Further, there are recent parallel developments within philosophy of mind and cognitive science, more specifically on the brain as a Bayesian prediction machine. Nine invited speakers will present current research across these approaches. The first day introduces the new biological research and discusses general philosophical problems surrounding thinking. The second day is dedicated to the currently much debated question about 'the predictive mind’.
Speakers: Magnus Enquist (Stockholm), Katalin Farkas (CEU), Stefano Ghirlanda (CUNY), Kathrin Glüer (Stockholm), Jacob Hohwy (Monash), Timothy Lillicrap (UCL & Google), Eric Mandelbaum (CUNY), David Papineau (KCL), Joshua Skewes (Aarhus).
Organizers: Swedish National Committee for Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science, and Swedish National Committee for Biology.
Sponsors: The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Wenner-Gren Foundations, Department of Philosophy at Stockholm University.
The symposium is free of charge and open to the public but registration is required for all participants. Limited number of seats. For more information, program, and registration please visit http://www.kva.se/en/kalendarium/thinking-about-thinking.