With Dr. Eran Agmon (Columbia University) 

Agents are of central importance to cognitive science, but research usually takes them as pre-given and proceeds to study some of their particular aspects, often without awareness of or a definite answer to the question, “what is an agent?” In order to get a handle on this question, it is useful to consider what might be considered minimal examples of agency—protocells that maintain their individuality by interacting adaptively with their environment. Dr. Eran Agmon will describe a computational method for studying protocells, and the consequences of these results on the foundation of cognitive science. 
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Wednesday, November 2, 6 p.m.
City Crab Shack