Wonac School of Computer Science School of Biosciences CoSy project

Contributions to
WONAC: International Workshop on Natural and Artificial Cognition

Pembroke College, Oxford
June 25 and 26, 2007


Jackie Chappell
(School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham, UK)
Aaron Sloman
(School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham, UK)

Last updated: 4 Feb 2009

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People at the workshop

This directory provides links to our presentations at the workshop, and related documents.

The main (but not sole) emphasis of the workshop was on tool use. Since intelligent tool use involves understanding causation, we were asked to start off the workshop programme by giving two presentations (available below) on causation with reference to the altricial/precocial distinction. Expanded versions of our slide presentations are below (PDF). We are joint authors of both, though only the presenter is shown for each.

After the workshop, we extracted some of our slides to form a separate document - item 3 below, still incomplete.

  1. Aaron Sloman:
    Evolution of two ways of understanding causation: Humean and Kantian. (PDF), Abstract (HTML)

  2. Jackie Chappell:
    Understanding causation: the practicalities
    -- Screen version with hyperlinks (PDF)
    -- Print version without hyperlinks (PDF)
    -- Abstract (HTML)

  3. Causal competences of many kinds
    (Not presented at workshop)
    After the workshop we separated out and expanded a part of the first set of slides, on what might be meant by 'understanding causation', arguing that attempting to produce a definitive operational test for whether an animal or child does or does not understand causation is misguided, since such understanding has several different facets which do not necessarily all co-occur.

    So there are different kinds of causal understanding with different information-processing requirements.
    An incomplete draft version is here:

    Causal Competences Of Many Kinds(PDF)

    NOTE: it turns out that Steven Sloman's book Causal models: How people think about the world and its alternatives
    described here is relevant to this, especially chapter 12.


  4. Some previous papers and presentations referenced in our slides


  5. Some related papers and presentations (including more recent ones)


  6. Papers and presentations on the evolution of primate capabilities
    Since the summer of 2008 we have been collaborating with Susannah Thorpe. on the cognitive challenges involved in arboreal locomotion by Sumatran orangutans. She has provided some illustrative presentations and papers as background for the material presented here.


Maintained by Aaron Sloman
School of Computer Science
The University of Birmingham
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