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VideoOrigins of man 

summarySummarises the book Origins of Man. It starts from the biological understanding of the human being, to look for the origin of culture and other peculiarities: affectivity, conscience and freedom. The naturalistic vision of man is not able to explain the origin of these facets.
Author: Francisco Rodríguez Valls

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Is quantum mechanics relevant to the scientific understanding of the mind-brain problem?

summary: Brief summary of the quantum models that attempt to explain consciousness, the purely physical determinants of this explanation, and a conclusive vision of quantum mechanics within the mind-brain problem.
Author: Javier Sánchez-Cañizares

Video and presentationCan philosophy be a natural science? On the project naturalisation of reason

summaryNaturalised epistemology is currently widespread: project substitutes Philosophy for the natural sciences. It claims that we humans have a single reason that works well in the natural sciences. The other sciences must be a continuum with them. Is it possible to fulfil this goal?
Author: Enrique Moros

Brain activity and diagnostic caution

summary article in the New England Journal of Medicine reports brain activity in response to verbal in patients in a persistent vegetative state. This data forces us to be cautious when diagnosing this state. Author: José Manuel Giménez Amaya speech

Chomsky, human nature, language and the limitations of science and a complementary proposal inspired by C. S. Lewis

summary: summary on Noam Chomsky and his theories (Chomsky, linguistic scientist and socio-political activist, Chomsky and human nature, the limitations of science, the origin of language) and a possible way out of his naturalism, based on the work of C. S. Lewis (a liberating, rational and complementary proposal , the rise of the spirit, the fall of the spirit).
Author: Marciano Escutia

Consciousness, the great frontier 

summary: Machines have reached heights that were unimaginable not so long ago. But scientists like engineer Manuel Alfonseca warn of their limits. Consciousness is the main wall that separates them from humans.
Author: Jesús Rubio

PresentationThe mental impact of Heisenberg's indeterminacy principle 

summary presentation and from of Science, Reason and Faith, December 21, 2010. Heisenberg's indeterminacy principle, its classical physical interpretation, and its application to scientific theories on the nature of consciousness, with some final considerations. Author: Juan Luis Lorda summary seminar group

The intelligent organism: misunderstandings about a paradox

summaryReflections on materialism and its inconsistency based on the thesis of some neuroscientists who pretend to embrace thought in their scientific field.
Author: José Ignacio Murillo

Understanding freedom better: an interdisciplinary approach between Neuroscience and Philosophy

summary: It presents some philosophical assumptions that are influencing the neuroscientific study of freedom, as well as certain problems that arise from Neuroscience itself in its global understanding of brain functioning, the neural networks themselves and the neurobiological integration of attention, important phenomena for a proper neurobiological understanding of freedom. He criticises a purely reductionist view of free will. He comments on the modern concept of freedom and the need for interdisciplinarity to address these issues. sample a subtle persistence of dualism in some of the approaches that study freedom and recovers the concept of life in the understanding of human activity.
Author: José Manuel Giménez Amaya

Interview with José Manuel Giménez Amaya: "Genetics does not determine human behaviour". 

Author: J.A. Otero Ricart

Intelligence and intentionality 

summary: This article explores the difficulties of approaching the problem of intelligence independently of any intentional consideration. To do so, I first examine three classical interpretations of the concept of the mental in order to show their main shortcomings. goal . Secondly, I argue how an adequate phenomenological analysis of perception is an optimal means of understanding the intentional property. Thirdly and finally, I present some interpretative clues about the existence of information in Nature. All this serves to offer, at summary, a better proposal of basic criteria for the recognition of intelligent beings.
Author: Luis E. Echarte


summary: Article on the relationship between neurophysiology and consciousness.
Author: Amadeo Muntané Sánchez

Steven Pinker's reasons (I) 

summary: essay on Steven Pinker, the first part of which was published in the October 2008 issue of
issue 119 of New Journal for the month of October 2008.
Author: Marciano Escutia

Steven Pinker's reasons (II) 

summary: essay on Steven Pinker, the first part of which was published in the October 2008 issue of
issue 119 of New Journal for the month of October 2008.
Author: Marciano Escutia

The unity of the person 

summary: Interdisciplinary approach from Philosophy and neuroscience.
Author: José Ángel Lombo and José Manuel Giménez Amaya

Neurobiology of "attachment bonding" and pregnancy 

summary: Functional neuroimaging techniques show how certain brain areas are activated, while others are silenced, when a mother sees her daughter or son, or hears their voices. It is the correlate of the emotion, which in the presence of her child, in various circumstances, generates in the mother. The brain is organised to mediate the complex maternal behaviour. For this, gene expression is orchestrated by different hormones and neurochemical factors during pregnancy. Maternal behaviour can be reasonably characterised in terms of cognitive-emotional interactions and for which the amygdaloid complex functions as a nodal point connecting cognition and emotion.
Author: José Manuel Giménez Amaya

News and innovations 

Author: Antonio Pardo

Working session on the origin of man

summarySpeeches by Daniel Turbón on paleoanthropology, José Ignacio Murillo on gnoseology, Antonio Pardo on synthetic theory and Luis Echarte on mental phenomena and evolution.

On the origin of human intelligence

summaryThe brain as an organ of understanding, Can we know scientifically how human intelligence arose, Darwin or Wallace?
Author: Carlos A. Marmelada

Mind transfer and secularism Presentation

summary: Life extension methods promoted by the transhumanist movement, especially mind transfer; the secularist matrix of this method is sample . Its attempt to bring immortality under human control takes the process of secularisation to a level never seen before.
Author: Leandro Gaitán