After the success of the 2003 summer school on the topic of categorization, the Institute created an ongoing program. You will find information on the preparations for the Institute’s current and former summer schools here.
The Evolution and Function of Consciousness
The theme of the fourth CSI/UQAM Summer School, the Evolution and Function of Consciousness, will be on the causal role of consciousness in brain and behavioral evolution and function -- with a very specific focus on the "hard problem" of explaining the causal status of consciousness itself. Distinguished thinkers from neuroscience, evolutionary biology, computer science, robotics, engineering, psychology, and philosophy will present, from the standpoint of their disciplines, what it means to be conscious, and how and why (some) organisms need to be conscious in order to be able to do what they do to survive, reproduce and function adaptively. For further information: http://www.summer12.isc.uqam.ca
The Origin of Language
The Summer Institute 2010, The Origins of Language, took place at Université du Québec à Montréal, Montreal, Canada, 21th to 30th June. For further information : http://www.summer10.isc.uqam.ca/
A review of this summer institute has been published in Biolinguistics :
Minds and societiesInformation on the 2008 Summer Institute is available on :
Information on the 2003 summer school is available at the following address: http://www.unites.uqam.ca/sccog/
Students from Quebec universities and the University of Ottawa (Quebec Inter-University Transfer students) or any other university can obtain 3 credits during the Summer Schools.