ISSA is the product of a small group of scientists and scholars advocating an integrative approach to the study of awareness. We are using the notion of awareness in a broad sense: we include consciousness in general as well as self-awareness, and responsiveness of autonomous agents in complex systems to each other and to their environment. We thus include neuroscience, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, artificial life and robotics, logic and philosophy, in particular phenomenology.
While enactivism is a growing force in cognitive science, we believe it is time to revisit its contributions to biology, and particularly to the origins of life. This workshop’s aims are (1) to revitalize the discussion of autonomy, with the goal of grounding it in quantitative definitions based in observable physical phenomena, and (2) to … More Workshop on The Biological Foundations of Enactivism