Causation & Computation in Neuroscience

Symposium

The Project's Final Symposium at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Date: December 17th-19th 2017

Location: the Edelstein Center of the Hebrew University Jerusalem, Levy Building, Edmond Safra Campus, Jerusalem 91904, Israel.

 

Participants:

William Bechtel (UCSD)

Lotem Elber (HU Jerusalem)

Nir Fresco (HU Jerusalem & Ben Gurion University Beersheva)

Jens Harbecke (Witten/Herdecke University)

Shahar Hechtlinger (HU Jerusalem)

Vera Hoffmann-Kloss (University of Cologne)

Andreas Hüttemann (University of Cologne)

David Kaplan (Macquarie University)

Beate Krickel (University of Bochum)

Jan Philipp Köster (University of Cologne) 

Marcin Milkowski (IFiS PAN)

Arnon Levy (HU Jerusalem)

Holger Lyre (University of Magdeburg)

Oron Shagrir (HU Jerusalem)

Gualtiero Piccinini (University of Missouri - St. Louis) 

 

Conference Program:

(Download all abstracts here.)

 

Day 1: December 17th

 

9:00-10:00  

David Kaplan

Modelling Bayesian Computation in the Brain: Explanation, Unification, and Constraints

10:00-11:00

Beate Krickel

The Causation/Constitution Distinction, Mechanisms, and the Extended Mind Thesis

11:00-11:30

 

Coffee Break

11:30-12:30

Andreas Hüttemann

Process theories of causation and the problem of pre-emption

12:30-14:00

 

Lunch

14:00-15:00

Jan Philipp Köster & Vera Hoffmann-Kloss

Constitutive Relations in Mechanisms: New Work for a Theory of Supervenience

15:00-16:00

Arnon Levy & William Bechtel

Towards Mechanism 2.0: Expanding the
Scope of Mechanistic Explanation

 

Day 2: December 18th

 

9:00-10:00  

William Bechtel

Constraints and Heterarchical Control in “Simple” Nervous Systems

10:00-11:00

Lotem Elber

It’s all about manipulation – On why non-causal explanations in cognitive sciences also describe relations of manipulation and control

11:00-11:30

 

Coffee Break

11:30-12:30

Gualtiero Piccinini

Levels of Being: An Egalitarian Account

12:30-14:00

 

Lunch

14:00

 

Tour in Jerusalem

 

Day 3: December 19th

 

9:00-10:00  

Marcin Milkowski

Troubles with the usability constraint on concrete computation

10:00-11:00

Holger Lyre

On shared structure of mechanisms, dynamics and computations

11:00-11:30

 

Coffee Break

11:30-12:30

Shahar Hechtlinger

Rethinking computational explanation: Modeling and idealization 

12:30-14:00

 

Lunch

14:00-15:00

Nir Fresco

The indeterminacy of computation

15:00-16:00

Jens Harbecke & Oron Shagrir

The Role of the Contextual Level in Computational Explanations

 

The conference is supported by the German-Israel Foundation for Scientific Research and Development and The Sidney M. Edelstein Center for the History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


No registration fees required.

For further details: shahar.hechtlinger@mail.huji.ac.il