Talk by Prof. Danko Nikolic

Event Date: 
Fri, 20/02/2015 - 12:00

CBC Seminars


Danko Nikolik, from Max-Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (Germany), invited by Gustavo Deco (CNS Group)


Title: The adaptive brain and its thoughts: A new surprising insights into the nature of cognition



We are normally being told that it is the network of neurons that performs computations and that these computations are the equivalent of cognitive operations (perception, attention, decision, memory recall, etc.). I have recently developed a new theory of intelligent adaptive systems, named "practopoiesis", and after applying the theory to the problem of brain-mind I came to a very surprising conclusion: The network computations cannot possibly account for cognition. Instead, the theory implies that it should be the local mechanisms of neural adaptation that are primarily responsible for generating mental operations. Thus, a thought is not a computation of a network. Rather, a thought is a process of adaptation of that network. In my talk I will present theoretical arguments and empirical evidence supporting these counterintuitive claims. I will also mention testable empirical predictions.




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Friday, February 20th, at 12:00



Campus de la Comunicacio UPF, C/ Roc Boronat, 132. MAP
Edifici 52 (Ed. Roc Boronat), room 52.S25

Universitat Pompeu Fabra.


How to get there:

Metro: Llacuna or Poblenou <L4>, Glories <L1>, Tram: Ca l’aranyó [T4]