The Life & Mind Seminar Network

A new life for the Life and Mind group?

Posted in Admin, General by tomfroese on February 23, 2011

It has been several years since the Life and Mind group was initiated to provide a philosophical forum for the members of the Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems (EASy) group and the Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Robotics (CCNR) at the University of Sussex.

A couple of generations of members later and it seems that we are reaching the end of the original Life and Mind group, at least in its incarnation at the University of Sussex. This is not only due to the usual turn-over of students and faculty, but also because of severe cuts in UK university funding, and, in particular, because of exceptionally bad senior management which even now continues to haunt those brave souls who are still at Sussex.

Nevertheless, the spirit of the Life and Mind group has been carried over to a number of other institutions and has found resonance with people in a variety of research centers around the world. I therefore propose that we try to further open this forum beyond the traditional locus around Sussex University. If someone wants to get involved in updating the website, posting reports, comments, CFPs, etc., please get in touch with one of the members.

As we used to say in the seminar announcements: All welcome!

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  1. Ezequiel said, on February 26, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Thumbs up from the San Sebastián branch! (which is in the process of growing even more this year…)

    I would add to your suggestion (looking at the title of the blog) that even holding the L&S seminars can be a world-wide activity happening at different locations. Perhaps if we can find a way to make sure there is a recording (not necessarily video) of the talk and discussion posted on the blog.


  2. Tom Froese said, on February 28, 2011 at 5:40 am

    Yes, sharing Life and Mind seminars from around the world is a great idea! I’ll suggest this to Takashi to get the ball rolling here in Tokyo…

    Having recordings would be ideal. I think even sharing abstracts at least will keep us informed about each others’ activities.

  3. Marieke said, on March 1, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    I think this is an excellent idea.

  4. xabierbarandiaran said, on March 15, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Me too, I like the idea, like a network of seminars, so for instance one can attach to life&mind seminars as a branch or label for his/her local seminar series with the L&M sticker on them ;-)

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