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Published on Feb 20, 2011
This is a fragment of the video entitled "Mystery of the Mind" available on philoctetes.org and on Youtube in response to Pinker's "The computational theory of mind'. Prof. Gianfranco Basti explains the complexity of the mind from the standpoint of the chaos theory. Here's his brief curriculum: BRIEF CURRICULUM OF Prof. GIANFRANCO BASTI Born in 1954 in Rome, and ordered Catholic Priest in 1978, he earned in 1980 the M.D. in Theology by the Pontifical Gregorian University and in 1984 the Ph.D. in Philosophy by the State University of Rome. He is actually Full Professor of "Philosophy of Nature and of Science" at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome and Invited Professor of "Logic" at the Pontifical Gregorian University. From the Academic Year 2008/9 he is Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy at the Lateran University. His research activity concerns mainly the computational intelligence and the logical foundations of sciences. Prof. Basti is member of the SPIE, The International Society for Optical Engineering, of the INNS, International Neural Network Society, of the IEEE, Institute for Electric and Electronic Engineering (Computer Society and Computational Intelligence Society) and of the AAS, American Society for the Advancement of Science. In 1995 he earned the "Neural Network Leadership Awards" from the INNS for his research in neural networks field. Since 1997 he is Director and co-founder of the IRAFS -- International Research Area on Foundations of the Sciences, by the Pontifical Lateran University (www.pul.it/irafs/irafs.htm). Since 1998 he is member of the Organizing Committee of the annual SPIE International Conference on Applications and Science of Computational Intelligence. Since 2001 he is Fellow of the Pontifical Academy St. Thomas Aquinas, Vatican City. Since 2003 he is Coordinator of the International Study and Research Project: STOQ-Science, Theology and the Ontological Quest (www.stoqatpul.org). Professor Basti is Author of more than ninety scientific and philosophical papers and of four books.