The Problem. Organisms respond to environmental stimuli in a manner appropriate to the input and yet their responses cannot be predicted from the input alone. Since the world poses an infinite number of challenges and the organism has finite resources to respond, this creative responsiveness to the world is a form of embodied generativity.
In the very long run, we want to understand how generative responses are organized in living systems from the cellular level to societies, but in the slightly shorter run, we want to understand how embodied generativity works in humans and other primates. Our research combines computation, laboratory experimentation, field observation and theory to understand principles behind generative intelligence.
About Us. We are researchers interested in studying the regularities that underlie human and nonhuman life-worlds. We work on several topics including the structuring of intention and meaning in discourse, the nature of gesture, primate cognition and communication and regularity theory. Such a birds-eye view of cognition inherently calls for an interdisciplinary approach, with crucial inputs from biology, philosophy, mathematics and cognitive science.