04. June 2018

Workshop "How Can Physics Underlie the Mind" with George Ellis Workshop "How Can Physics Underlie the Mind" with George Ellis

On the 4th and 5th of June, the CST will host a workshop with George Ellis (Cape Town) on the topic of "How Can Physics Underlie the Mind: Top-Down Causation in the Human Context".

George Ellis (Cape Town) will take part in a two-day workshop at the CST on the 4th and 5th of June (starting from 9:30 (s.t.)) in order to discuss his book "How Can Physics Underlie the Mind: Top Down Causation in the Human Context" with commentators from various disciplines. In his book, Ellis distinguishes between different forms of causality, such as the physical adn the non-physical. One of the books’s main theses is as follows: the key to understanding complex systems – such as that oft he human organism – lies in top-down causation, which allows, for instance, that social conventions and individual decisions have causal consequences in the physical world.

Ellis will hold a discussion of the book’s ideas at the CST with Bueno (Miami), Barbara Drossel (Darmstadt), Alkistis Elliot-Graves (Helsinki), Simon Friederich (Groningen), Richard Healey (Arizona), Manfred Laubichler (Arizona), Thomas Luu (Bonn/Jülich), Sach Mukherjee (Bonn) und Stefan Schiller (Freiburg). The event is organised by CST directors Prof. Markus Gabriel and Prof. Ulf-G. Meißner, as well as the CST science manager Jan Voosholz.

The workshop language is English. All interested are welcome. Please email us (voosholz@uni-bonn.de) to confirm attendance.

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