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How Brains Perceive, Think, and Control Action: Neural Computation and Neural Representation

Thursday, November 11, 2021 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PM


FREE and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members, middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend. Space is limited. Registration required. REGISTER below! Registrants receive Zoom link to join via email immediately after registering.

Featured Speaker: Gualtiero Piccinini, Ph.D., Curators’ Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy and Associate Director, Center for Neurodynamics, University of Missouri – St. Louis; author, Neurocognitive Mechanisms: Explaining Biological Cognition

Animals learn to act in a complex environment in ways that robots are still unable to replicate. In addition, people can think about things that may or may not be true and may not even exist, such as Peter Pan. How do we do it? Italian–American philosopher, Gualtiero Piccinini, presents some recent work on how our brains allow us to perceive, think, and control action.

Gualtiero Piccinini is the author of, Neurocognitive Mechanisms: Explaining Biological Cognition (Oxford University Press, January 2021), the most systematic, rigorous, and comprehensive philosophical defense to-date of the computational theory of cognition. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Institute for Advanced Studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Charles Babbage Institute, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the University of Missouri Research Board, the University of Missouri – St. Louis, and the Regione Sardegna.

Gualtiero has published articles in journals such as Cognitive Science, Philosophers’ Imprint, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Philosophy of Science, British Journal for Philosophy of Science, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Philosophical Studies, Journal of Biological Physics, Neural Networks, Synthese, and the Canadian Journal of Philosophy.

Learn more about Gualtiero Piccini, his work and research, at The Brains Blog, a leading forum for work in the philosophy and science of mind.

How Brains Perceive, Think, and Control Action is a Science in St. Louis Series partnership program of the The Academy of Science – St. Louis and St. Louis County Library.  Science in St. Louis is underwritten in part with support from Boeing and the Employees Community Fund of Boeing St. Louis, sponsoring the full array of Academy STEM Teens programming.

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Thursday, November 11, 2021
7:00 PM-8:30 PM
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