Saturday 24 March 2007, 9:30 am —7:15 pm
The Orangery, Goldney Hall, Lower Clifton Hill, Clifton, University of Bristol
Prof Dan Sperber, Director of Research at the French National Centre for Scientific Research
Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London
Registration: there are still a few places left. If you wish to attend the conference, please email the conference organiser, Zoe Drayson: email@example.com
From 9:30: coffee, available all morning
9:45-11:00: Guest speaker, Dan Sperber
Mindreading, comprehension, and epistemic vigilance in an evolutionary and developmental perspective.
11:00-11:15 coffee break
11:15-12:45: 1st block of parallel sessions
12:45-1:30: lunch break
1:30-3:00 2nd block of parallel sessions
3:15-4:45: 3rd block of parallel sessions
4:45-5:15: tea break
5:15-6:30: Guest speaker, Sarah-Jayne Blakemore
The social brain.
6:30: wine reception
Following the success of PPNB 2005 in Oxford, the CONTACT project is hosting PPNB 2007 in Bristol and PPNB 2008 in Edinburgh.
We aim to bring together young researchers interested in mind-world relations, to address philosophical issues raised by empirical work in psychology, neuroscience, biology, and other life sciences. Relevant topics include: consciousness, perception, emotion, covert processing and related dissociations, ecological or embodied approaches to the mind, representation in neural networks, social cognition, motor control and voluntary action, simulation theory, evolutionary psychology, issues of group selection, the relation of thought to language, mental disorders, the evolution of language, animal minds, modularity, rationality, cognitive and biological issues concerning complexity or emergence, dynamic versus computational views of cognition, and so on.
We welcome participation and paper submissions by both philosophers and scientists; papers should be of a character suitable for interdisciplinary discussion. Numbers will be limited to 60 to facilitate discussion. Priority for places will be given to research students and those who completed doctoral work no earlier than 2002
Lunch, coffee/tea, and a glass of wine afterward will be provided for all participants.
There is a registration fee of £20; payment by cheque will be requested prior to the conference.
Please note: Those attending the conference will be expected to make their own arrangements for dinner and accommodation as needed.
CONTACT Bristol, a project on consciousness in interaction with natural and social environments, funded by an AHRC grant to Prof. Susan Hurley under the ESF CNCC initiative (http://www.media.unisi.it/cirg/contact)
McDonnell Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience, Oxford