Wellcome to AISC 2021, the 17th Annual Conference of the Italian Association of Cognitive Science. The theme of the conference is
Post-Neuroscience Times for Cognitive Science Circa 2021?
The relative contribution to cognitive science from its six constituent traditional disciplines (anthropology, computer science, linguistics, neuroscience, philosophy, and psychology) has never been uniform. This is, in part, due to the continous change of the constituent fields and their alternate success. Linguistics had a profound influence on cognitive science during the heyday of Noam Chomsky, and the role of computer science for cognitive science has somehow mirrored the developmental trajectory of artificial intelligence. At the turn of the twentieth century neuroscience has advanced to the point where the biological underpinnings of several complex cognitive functions are becoming scientifically tractable. The impact for cognitive science has been immense, leading even to a new mixed discipline, that of cognitive neuroscience. Neuroscientific discoveries have given ground to several of the new perspectives in cognitive science like predicitive minds, enaction, embodiment.
Today the influence of neuroscience in cognitive science is certainly not over, but it is probably no longer dominant. New trends are to be seen, notably the resurgence of artificial intelligence that, although driven by technological problems needing engineering solutions, has lead to results intriguing for cognitive science.
The 17th AISC Conference will focus on this topic, discussing the possibility of a “post-neuroscience” future for cognitive science, bringing into discussion ideas from neuroscience itself, cognitive neuroscience, artificial intelligence, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, among other relevant Cognitive Science subfields.