The theme provides a framework for posing many intriguing and timely questions and is an opportunity for novel considerations, particularly through an interdisciplinary exchange among biology, neuroscience, philosophy and other related disciplines. There are many open questions and here are only some of them: Does aging of the brain and of the mind run in accord? If it is justified to say that the brain is ‘corroding’ with aging, does it necessarily mean that the ‘corrosion’ hits the mental too? What does it mean at all for mind to age? How aging impacts cognition? Can we mentally impact our behavior so that we slow down aging or speed it up? Why should we long for rejuvenation of the mind if mature minds can accomplish what inexperienced ones cannot possibly achieve? What are consequences of aging for embodiment and enaction? Does mentality, in a way, emancipate from the biological as it gets shaped more and more by culture? As the population ages, can we conceive of a sort of collective mentality marked by the properties of being ‘old’? How do old minds cope with the challenges of the new world?
An attempt will be made in recognizing and affirming qualities and potentialities of the mature minds that in many respects prove superior to the inexperienced ones. As the future belongs to ‘aged minds’, it is our motivation to try to understand the phenomenon better by recourse to the most recent research in the field. It also becomes clear that the issue bears not only philosophical, but also social, political, and economic relevance.
Organized by: Zdravko Radman
Moshe Bar, Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center, Ban-Ilan University
Shaun Gallagher, University of Memphis
Dan Hutto, University of Wollongong
Mauro Maldonato, University of Basilicata
Erik Myin, University of Antwerp
Jesse Prinz, City University of New York
Miroslav Radman, MedILS, Split
Zdravko Radman, University of Zagreb, Croatian Studies
Jean-Michel Roy, Ecole Normale Superieure, Lyon
Marya S. Schechtman, University of Illinois, Chicago
Katarina Trajković, MedILS