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Timescales of Life and Mind Conference

Timescales of Life and Mind Conference

Interdisciplinary Conference on Timescales as a Methodological Approach to Predictive Processing and the Free Energy Principle

Programme and Schedule

Workshop, November 4th


The workshop will begin with a short introductory talk, after which the format will shift to a focus on audience participation via questions and discussion.


In order to facilitate high quality questions and discussion, we ask that participants of the workshop read the following paper:

Micah Allen and Karl Friston – ‘From cognitivism to autopoiesis: towards a computational framework for the embodied mind’


We also recommend that participants view the following videos on PP and FEP:

Edge’s interview with Andy Clark – ‘Predictive Processing and the Nature of Conscious Experience’

Anil Seth’s TED talk – ‘Your Brain Hallucinates Your Conscious Reality’

Andy Clark’s XSPECT talk – ‘Happily Entangled: Emotions Cognition and the Predictive Mind’


November 4th

15:00 – Workshop begins

17:30 – Workshop ends


Conference, November 5th-6th


The schedule for the conference proper follows. More information on keynote speakers including short biographies, abstracts, and recommended reading, is available here. Abstracts from our guest speakers are additionally available here.


November 5th

08:30-09:15 – Registration

09:15-10:15 – Christopher Buckley, keynote – ‘Action-oriented generative models for behavior’

10:15-10:30 – Coffee break

10:30-11:30 – Pauline Schaap, keynote – ‘Cell communication systems in social amoebas and their evolutionary origins in the unicellular ancestors’

11:30-12:30 – Paco Calvo, keynote – ‘In the mood for food (for thought)’

12:30-13:30 – Lunch

13:30-14:00 – José M. Araya, guest – ‘Taking it slow: self-control as low precision-weighting at low-levels of the cortical hierarchy’

14:00-15:00 – Giovanni Pezzulo, keynote – ‘Nested timescales of inference underlying action planning’

15:00-15:15 – Break

15:15-16:15 – Nico Orlandi, keynote – ‘Bayesian perception is ecological perception’

16:15-17:15 – Mark Miller, keynote – ‘Temporal Error Dynamics and the Surprise-Seeking Predictive Animal’


November 6th

09:15-10:15 – Julian Kiverstein, keynote – ‘The Organicist Challenge to the Ergodicity Assumption’

10:15-10:30 – Coffee break

10:30-11:30 – Thomas Parr, keynote – ‘Continuous and discrete timescales for biological inference’

11:30-12:30 – Peggy Seriès, keynote – ‘Timescales of Prior Integration’

12:30-13:30 – Lunch

13:30-14:00 – Shannon Proksch, guest – ‘Synchrony & the Markov blankets of multi-agent human interaction’

14:00-15:00 – Dave Ward, keynote – ‘What is it like to be a Battalion?’

15:00-15:15 – Break

15:15-16:15 – Laura Barca, keynote – ‘Emotions, interoceptive illusions and Eating Disorders through the lens of Active Inference’

16:15-17:15 – Jelle Bruineberg, keynote – ‘Putting the long-term self first: active inference and the time-scales of attention and agency’


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