Daniel Andler – The human Mind

JoRISS Lecture Series

Inaugural Lecture

December 8, 2015
5pm – 6.30 pm

Bâtiment Buisson
Salle de Conférences

Emeritus Professor at Université Paris-Sorbonne
& Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris

A new frontier for science, a new hope for society

Some 70 years ago, the project of making the human mind a proper object for natural science took form. Psychology, in tandem with artificial intelligence, neuroscience, linguistics, anthropology, evolutionary biology and more, gave rise to the so-called cognitive sciences. A new frontier was in fact opened. However the new science of the mind raised some severe objections: it was thought by critics to be (i) reductionist and scientistic, (ii) intellectualist, (iii) individualistic, (iv) theoretical and removed from real-life contexts, therefore with little practical use. As it turns out, the scientific approach to the mind holds a tremendous potential for a novel understanding of the natural underpinnings of social life, and for applications to some of the most pressing real-life problems of both individuals and societies. The lecture will show how science has brought together the individual and social dimensions and the contributions it can begin to make to central areas of human activity such as health and education.