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INSIGHT - DARWINIAN NEURODYNAMICS

Project description

Challenging current Thinking

Despite eminent and numerous attempts to understand complex thinking, insight problem solving and language acquisition, one is left with the feeling that an essential component of these processes is being overlooked. This project offers and elaborates the Neural Replicator Hypothesis (NRH) stating that this missing ingredient is true Darwinian neurodynamics of replicators within the brain itself. Previous related approaches have been either sketchy, metaphorical, merely philosophical, or have used selection but not replication. INSIGHT is based on, and will refine, plausible neurobiological foundations of neuronal replicators despite the fact that neurons do not reproduce. It will show that Darwinian neurodynamics offers a credible and efficient algorithm for approximate Bayesian inference in the brain. The project will investigate the NRH in three ways: (1) The hypothesis will be worked out rigorously using formal models and computer simulations, (2) Its empirical relevance will be tested both from the viewpoint of neurophysiology using cell cultures, and from the viewpoint of human psychology using psychological experiments and neuroimaging. (3) Its ICT application potential is tested for two critical domains: robotics and language communication. Robotics work will test whether Darwinian neurodynamic controllers can be constructed that allow robots to engage in open-ended creative autonomous exploration.

Language processing research will test whether detailed models of language learning that are based on a replicator dynamics of grammatical constructions is effective for explaining and synthesizing creative linguistic performance.

Call for proposal

FP7-ICT-2011-C
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Coordinator

PARMENIDES STIFTUNG
Address
Kirchplatz 1
82049 Munchen
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 592 080
Administrative Contact
Eörs Szathmáry (Prof.)

Participants (5)

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 529 015
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Dario Floreano (Prof.)
UNIVERSIDAD POMPEU FABRA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 423 514
Address
Placa De La Merce, 10-12
08002 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eva Martin (Ms.)
IN SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 70 000
Address
Via Carducci 9A
33100 Udine
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Laura Martinelli (Dr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 491 354
Address
Sussex House Falmer
BN1 9RH Brighton
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Amanda Britt (Mrs.)
QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 113 116
Address
327 Mile End Road
E1 4NS London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Reuben Almeida (Mr.)