#04: Decisions and drive. Floating in self-organisation.| 14.10.2017 | 19:00
#04: Entscheidungen und Getriebe. In Eigendynamik schwimmen
Joel Wellbourne-Wood (Department of fundamental Neurosciences, University of Lausanne) / Structure, function, life, and the emergence of spontaneous order.
Davor Löffler (Sociologist, Berlin) / Determinism, Self-Organization, Generativity: The History and Future of the Relation between Mind and Universe
Structure, function, life, and the emergence of spontaneous order. |
The emergence of order from chaos in an entropic universe is a curious phenomenon. From the level of single molecules to large scale social systems, self-organization allows for the dynamic interaction of functional constructs towards a predictable outcome, in a game where the motivations arise from singular insufficiency and the struggle to survive in a dangerous environment. Here we will look at some natural examples of patterning, form, and self-organization in the molecular world, cellular world, and in the realm of animal and human behavior. Finally, we will reflect on how this organization came about mechanistically, and how we might better understand it, and our relationship with it.
Joel Wellbourne-Wood is currently researching at the Department of fundamental Neurosciences at the University of Lausanne
Determinism, Self-Organization, Generativity: The History and Future of the Relation between Mind and Universe |
In this talk a newly emerging Weltverhältnis, the metaphysical paradigm of generativity,
will be sketched out through a reconstruction of the history of mind,
moving from the first signs of animal intelligence and the appearance of human sentience
up to the threshold of posthuman cognitive agencies.
This evolutionary and civilizational trajectory of the development of mind shows
that mind is a realization of generative processes deeply embedded in the universe
itself, and while these processes of generativity have reached a certain
level of refinement in the human mind, they are not necessarily bound to the
human organism as their sole medium.
Davor Löffler worked internationally in various research institutions,
such as the “Mind Machine Project” at MIT and the "Interacting Minds Center", Aarhus.
Currently he teaches at the interdisciplinary research platform
“The New Center for Research and Practice”. His forthcoming book,
Generative Realitäten. Zur Zeitform und Metaphysik der Technologischen Zivilisation,
will be published by Springer in 2017.
2 presentations and a conversation to push associations and links between the presented topics.
2 Präsentationen und ein Gespräch mit Assoziationen und Querverbindung zwischen
den vorgestellten Themen.