Cognitive Scientist. Philosopher. Wanderer.
Areas of specialisation:
Philosophy of Mind/AI; Computational Neuroscience; Complexity.
I am passionated about understanding the socio-cultural aspects of the ways that makes us human: i.e. in which one engages with the world. How one perceives, feels, interacts with others, remembers an event, solves a mathematical equation, has mystical experiences, imagines a possible world, is deeply rooted in one’s history of socioculturally situated interactions.
Today, especially in the post-pandemic era, the sociocultural environment is ever more technological and artificial intelligence permeated. Big Data, Blockchain, Robotics, 3D technologies, Metaverse, Neurotechnologies, or Machine Learning algorithms are ubiquitous in our societies and digital citizenship. I am very interested in understanding the mental health and ethical implications for the well-being of smart societies, and how we can work with AI to "continue the work of nature", i.e. by seeing technology, not as solutions, but as tools to create self-sustaining and self-balanced nurturing, safe, healthy and sustainable world.
I am also fascinated to understand the role of the nervous system in the agents’ subjective, psychological experience of the world. My work motivates the view that computational models of active inference / effective connectivity are useful to explain the patterns of neural connectivity in terms of nested networks.
In my work, I typically combine complex systems theory with E-cognition, especially, radical enactivism.
I believe in open science for societal impact. I've co-founded and took the responsibility of directing the European Institute for Global Well-being. Our goal is – in line with the European Commission’s policy “make results count for society”, and UNESCO’s Sustainable development policy -- to contribute to the development of science- and knowledge-based societies.
Lecturer at Berlin School of Mind and Brain
Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin
Fellow at Developmental Psychology
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
University of Amsterdam
Affiliated member at
Wellcome Centre Human Neuroimaging
University College London
Co-founding Director of
European Institute for Global Well-being
International Society for the Philosophy of the Sciences of the Mind
(with Gualtiero Piccinini).