Centre for Cognitive Science (COGS)

Open lectures

These lectures are open to all members of the University, regardless of School, Department, degree or year, who are interested in learning more about cognitive science, and will be of particular interest and relevence to Informatics first- and second-year undergraduates, new Masters and PhD students, COGS IDP students, and students of neuroscience, psychology and philosophy. About half of the lectures explore historical themes, while the remainder describe cutting-edge research in the area.


Feb 2  

Minds as Machines - Origins of the Idea
Dr Blay Whitby

Modern Cognitive Science emerged as an interdisciplinary science in the second half of the 20th Century. In many ways this was a highly fruitful combining of ideas, activities, and scientific disciplines which had drifted apart. Although some of these ideas date back to classical Athens it was the development of modern computer technology - roughly in the period 1936-1958 - that inspired a new science of the mind and radical new ways of doing psychology (and psychiatry). This lecture takes an historical perspective on that period and on some of the people from many various and different areas who inspired the birth of Cognitive Science.

Zoom ID: 995 9914 7252

Passcode: 9127

13:00 - 14:00

Feb 9

Dr Blay Whitby

So-called Good Old Fashioned Artificial Intelligence may not be seen as the cutting edge of research nowadays but it is still important and effective. This history of GOFAI tracks its development from experimental and ‘way-out’ ideas to a technology which is now seen as a routine component of modern computing - and, just as important, an important insight into human thinking.

Zoom ID: 924 5933 2203

Passcode: 0793

13:00 - 14:00

Feb 23

Complexity and Consciousness
Dr Adam Barrett


Zoom ID: 949 4207 1751

Passcode: 4301

13:00 - 14:00

Mar 2

Prof Jamie Ward



Zoom ID: 958 5922 2293

Passcode: 8292

13:00 - 14:00

Mar 9

Proto-declaratives in the lab and in nature
Prof David Leavens

In this talk, I argue that protodeclarative communication is widespread in the animal kingdom


Zoom ID: 931 0168 5781

Passcode: 0928

13:00 - 14:00

Mar 16

Heart, Brain, Mind
Prof Hugo Critchley



Zoom ID: 944 2899 0563

Passcode: 5946

13:00 - 14:00

Mar 23

Embodied Minds
Prof Andy Clark

Biologically evolved intelligence makes the most of brain, body, and world. This talk looks at the resulting complexity, and highlights some of the unexpected advantages of solutions that span multiple levels of organization (neural, bodily, worldly) and that take shape at multiple time-scales (evolution, development, learning)

Zoom ID: 972 0708 4795

Passcode: 1972


Apr 27

The Predictive Mind
Prof Andy Clark


Zoom ID: 982 5238 2267

Passcode: 9832


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