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Blog discontinued, Twitter and new website started

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 02:09

I will no longer be updating this blog. It has served me well for over a decade, but it’s time to move on to bigger and better things.

My new research unit’s website is up and running and can be found here:

Embodied Cognitive Science Unit

You can also follow the new unit’s activity on Twitter:

You can also follow me on Facebook.

Book review: Embodiment, enaction, and culture

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 17:19

Here is my little book review of this big edited book on enactive approaches to culture!

Book Review: Embodiment, Enaction, and Culture: Investigating the Constitution of the Shared World

Tom Froese

This MIT Press volume edited by Durt et al. (2017) is concerned with investigating how people bring about a shared sociocultural world through participatory and broader collective sense-making processes, while at the same time highlighting how the participants in these social processes are themselves transformed by the world they help to bring forth. The key insight that runs through this interdisciplinary collection of 20 chapters is the irreducible nature of this interdependence between individual and collective processes: participation in, and hence the cultural reproduction of, patterned practices of the social world is only realizable via a thorough transformation of individual embodied minds.

Hidden concepts in origins-of-life studies

Sat, 08/10/2019 - 22:08

This review paper should be of interest for students looking for an overview of some of the less visible research currents in the study of origins of life:

Hidden concepts in the history and philosophy of origins-of-life studies: A workshop report

Carlos Mariscal, Ana Barahona, Nathanael Aubert-Kato, Arsev Umur Aydinoglu, Stuart Bartlett, María Luz Cárdenas, Kuhan Chandru, Carol Cleland, Benjamin T. Cocanougher, Nathaniel Comfort, Athel Cornish-Bowden, Terrence Deacon, Tom Froese, Donato Giovannelli, John Hernlund, Piet Hut, Jun Kimura, Marie-Christine Maurel, Nancy Merino, Alvaro Moreno, Mayuko Nakagawa, Juli Peretó, Nathaniel Virgo, Olaf Witkowski, and H. James Cleaves II

Three papers in the ALIFE 2019 Proceedings

Tue, 07/23/2019 - 16:00

This year’s artificial life conference (ALIFE 2019) will take place in Newcastle next week.

The conference proceedings have been published by MIT Press under an open access license.

Three of my graduate students will be presenting a part of their thesis research. Here are the titles of their contributions, with links to download the full papers:

From embodied interaction to compositional referential communication: A minimal agent-based model without dedicated communication channels

Jorge I. Campos and Tom Froese

Self-optimization in a Hopfield neural network based on the C. elegans connectome

Alejandro Morales and Tom Froese

Applying Social Network Analysis to Agent-Based Models: A Case Study of Task Allocation in Swarm Robotics Inspired by Ant Foraging Behavior

Georgina Montserrat Reséndiz-Benhumea, Tom Froese, Gabriel Ramos-Fernández, and Sandra E. Smith-Aguilar

Two Spanish chapters on cognitive ecology of education

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 16:43

A volume edited by Ronnie Videla on steps toward a cognitive ecology of education was just published. I contributed a Preface to the book, and members of the 4E Cognition research group provided a Spanish translation of their recent technical report on studies with the Enactive Torch that appeared in TIES.

Prefacio: Sobre la necesidad de una ecología cognitiva de la educación

Tom Froese

El Enactive Torch: Aprendizaje interactivo y corporeizado a través de una interfaz de sustitución sensorial

Ximena González-Grandón, Héctor Gómez-Escobar, Leonardo Zapata-Fonseca, Guillermo Ortíz-Garín, Javier Flores, Ariel Sáenz-Burrola, and Tom Froese