Seminar #21: MENTAL LIFE: Beyond autopoietically adaptive behaviour
We are happy to welcome Xabier Barandiaran from the University of the Basque Country for the Life and Mind seminars. The seminar will take place: 13.06.2007 at 3 pm in Pev. 2A2
MENTAL LIFE: Beyond autopoietically adaptive behaviour
Xabier will be happy to facilitate a discussion about the relationship between life and mind taking as a departure point two statements:
1. Metabolically driven agency (adaptive behaviour serving autopoietic values) is insufficient even unnecessary, for mindfulness;
2. What intentionality requires is life-like self-sustaining closure AT THE LEVEL OF BEHAVIOURAL ORGANISATION (not metabolic): Mental Life.
As regards to claim 1 we can take the example of a mutated e-coli bacteria that moves down the sugar gradient as intentionally and meaningfully as a “normal” bacteria goes up. As for 2 there remain many open questions: how to model self-maintenance with dynamical systems? What constitutes a genuine minimal example? What kind of empirical evidence do we have to sustain the existence of mental life? Where is phylogenetic history does it appear?
Barandiaran, X. (2007), “Mental Life. Conceptual models and synthetic methodologies”. In: B. Wallace (Ed.), The World, the Mind and the Body: Psychology after cognitivism. Imprint Academic, in press. (pdf)
Di Paolo, E. & Iiyuka, H. (2007), “How (not) to model autonomous behaviour”, BioSystems, forthcoming. (pdf)