Computation: Natural or Cultural Kind?
|Wanneer:||wo 12-09-2012 15:15 - 17:00|
Public lecture by Erik Myin (Centre for Philosophical Psychology, University of Antwerp) organized by the Department of Theoretical Philosophy
According to a widely endorsed view in the cognitive sciences, computation is a natural kind. Computations are carried out in and by brains, by neurons or collections of neurons. Such natural computation is independent of cultural artefacts for computation, such as mathematical or symbolic notation. Indeed, natural computation is considered to form a necessary ingredient in any explanation of the emergence of culturally mediated forms of computation, such as calculating by writing on a blackboard.