Juan Sebastian Ardila-Cifuentes
Undergrad - Honors Specialization in Philosophy
My interest in the Philosophy of Science and Philosophy of Cognitive Psychology is motivated by three specific topics: Consciousness, Perception, and Social Cognition. My interest in consciousness is driven by the hope that we can incorporate a model of Consciousness that is consistent with an embodied view of cognition. My interest in perception arose after taking a seminar course on Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of Perception. I want to investigate how we can make sense of perceptual information in the environment without resorting to internal structures via mental states, computations or representations. This has led me to explore the work of James J Gibson, Anthony Chemero, William James and Information Theory. Finally, my interest in Social Cognition is motivated by a goal to frame our understanding social cognition in terms of a Embodied Social Cognition. Thus, I have begun to explore the work of the later Merleau-Ponty and Lev Vygotsky.
Ardila-Cifuentes, Juan. (2020). "Mind-In-The-World: Lessons from Merleau-Ponty, Heidegger and Embodied Cognition for Future Models of Consciousness." Huron Undergraduate Philosophy Conference. University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada.
Ardila-Cifuentes, Juan. (2019). "Libet's Error: Unwarranted Results via Methodological Errors." Huron Undergraduate Philosophy Conference. University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario.
Conference Lead organizer, (2020). Embodied Cognition: Implication in Science and Philosophy
Conference Lead organizer (2018 - Present), Annual Huron Undergraduate Philosophy Conference
President of the Huron Philosophy Society (2018 - Present)
Lead Developer, Designer & Maintenance (2019 - Present). Huron University Student Council Official Website
Co-Designer, (2020), The EMRG LAB