Minimal Cognition 2: Agency, Complexity, and the Roots of Cognition

The University of Wollongong hosted its second workshop on Minimal Cognition: “Minimal Cognition 2: Agency, Adaptability, and the Roots of Cognition”, on the 19th of October, 2018, in the Research Hub of the Arts Building (Building 19, Room 2072B).

This workshop aimed to bring together philosophical and scientific discussions about recent work on minimal cognition, as well as work in cognitive modeling, in order to explore the biological roots, features, and boundaries of minimal cognition. Topics included the relation between cognition and other (non-biological) processes, explanatory models and approaches, and minimal subjectivity and agency. This event was part of the Minimal Models for Collective Intelligence project, funded by UOW’s Global Challenges program.

9.50-10.00 Introductory words: Patrick McGivern (UOW), Nick Brancazio (UOW), Miguel Segundo Ortin (UOW)

10.00-11.00 Pamela Lyon (Flinders University)
“Prolegomenon to basal cognition”

11.00-12.00 Sidney Carls-Diamante (Konrad Lorenz Institute)
“Armed with information: Chemical self-recognition in the octopus.”

1.30-2.30 Karola Stotz (Macquarie)
“Minimal cognition: from developmental adaptation to higher learning”

2.30-3.30 Matthew Egbert (University of Auckland)
“Are Habits Subpersonal Agents? – A computational model of enactive autonomy in the sensorimotor domain”

3.30-4.00 Coffee/Tea/Refreshments

4.00-5.00 Andrew B. Barron (Macquarie)
“How do honeybees think?”

This event was co-organized by Nick Brancazio, Miguel Segundo-Ortin, and Patrick McGivern. The Minimal Model for Collective Intelligence project is a collaboration between Patrick McGivern (UOW Philosophy), Jennifer Atchison (UOW Geography) and Marian Wong (UOW Biology).