Speaker: Olaf Witkowski (Earth-Life Science Institute, Tokyo Institute of Technology)

Abstract: After life originated on Earth, the next important transition was the emergence of cognitive life, in which simple organisms self-organized into dynamical networks to compress and express complex information in the environment about their own preservation. I will present how we can understand cognition as information flows between single organisms, implementing a dynamical way to compress relevant information for their own survival, enabling them to make predictions about their environment on much shorter timescales than Darwinian evolution.

Thursday, October 27, 12:30 p.m.
Institute for Advanced Study, 1 Einstein Drive, West Building Seminar Room, 2nd floor
Host by the Program in Interdisciplinary Studies