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The Cognitive Neuroscience Revolution: Explaining Cognition Mechanistically
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 @ 7:30 PM-9:00 PMFree
Saint Louis Zoo Anheuser-Busch Theater, The Living World (Zoo North Entrance), 1 Government Drive, St. Louis, MO 63110
Free and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members and middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Reservations not required.
Featured Speaker: Gualtiero Piccinini, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Philosophy and Associate Director, Center for Neurodynamics, University of Missouri – St. Louis; founder of the on-line blog, http://philosophyofbrains.com/ and author of the soon to be released, Physical Computation: A Mechanistic Account
Is cognition a kind of computation? Are our brains really like computers? Cognitive neuroscience aims to explain cognition, how we think, experience and sense the world around us, by uncovering computational and representational mechanisms across multiple levels of organization. This raises the question of what physical computation is– what does, and does not count as computing, and how representations come about. Recent advances in our understanding of both physical computation and representation help us illuminate the way that cognitive neuroscientists explain cognitive functions.
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