CFP: Intentions

Centre for Philosophical Psychology, University of Antwerp  Call for papers: Conference on intentions, University of Antwerp, December 10-11, 2014. Topic: There are so many kinds of intentions: proximal, distal, immediate, prior, ‘-in-action’, present-directed, future-directed, motor, etc. How are they connected to each other and what role do they play in …

Is prediction error minimization all there is to the mind?

The prediction error minimization theory (PEM) says that the brain continually seeks to minimize its prediction error – minimize the difference between its predictions about the sensory input and the actual sensory input. It is an extremely simple idea but from it arises a surprisingly resourceful conception of brain processing. …

The Philosophy and Science of Self-Control

As Justin Weinberg noted last week at the always-excellent Daily Nous, my colleague Al Mele has been awarded another grant from the John Templeton Foundation, this time for three years and $4.5 million for work on the philosophy and science of self-control. Here is the project website, and here is a …

A New Theory of Free Will

Just a quick note that I recently published an article in The Philosophical Forum , “A New Theory of Free Will“, that may be of interest to readers (a free PDF of the penultimate draft is available here).  Here’s the abstract:  This paper shows that several live philosophical and scientific hypotheses – including …

Call For Papers: Collective Intentionality

Collective Intentionality VIII University of Manchester August 28-31, 2012 Collective Intentionality VIII – as the name suggests! – is the eighth in a series of large-scale international events on joint and/or cooperative action, reasoning, decision, intention, attention, and associated mental and agential phenomena, topics that impact on issues in ethics …