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Posted December 5 2011

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Rotman Institute of Philosophy explores how the mind engages in social interaction

London - As part of The University of Western Ontario’s Department of Philosophy ongoing colloquium series, John Bolender, a Visiting Fellow at the Rotman Institute of Philosophy delivered the lecture, "Unbounded Recursion Outside Language ... or Not?", last Friday.

Bolender received his PhD in philosophy from Columbia University, has taught philosophy in Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, and formerly served as a Visiting Fellow in Princeton University’s Department of Philosophy. Bolender has published two books: "The Self-Organizing Social Mind," published by MIT Press, and "Digital Social Mind," published by Imprint Academic.

His main interests are cognition, defined as the mental processes involved in gaining knowledge and comprehension, interpersonal cognition and language.

In "Unbounded Recursion Outside Language ... or Not?", Bolender explores the question: “Are there language-like properties in how the mind engages in social interaction?”

The Rotman Institute of Philosophy – Engaging Science builds on the success of its predecessor, the Science Epistemology and Ethics Research (SEER) Lab, and the strengths of Western’s Department of Philosophy. The Rotman Institute’s mandate, membership and public profile have all been expanded to create a unique collaborative place where philosophers engage scientists to make a difference in the world.

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