The ability to construct one's own representations is the key to free personality.

Neurosemiotics studies mental signs with the help of the pragmatic method inherited from Charles Sanders Peirce and William James, and also of the hermeneutic method of a certain number of philosophers such as Roland Barthes, Michel Foucault and Umberto Eco.

Neurosemiotics deals with symbol-formation in the rational mind as well as the irrational signs used by the imaginative and somatic mind.


Pierre Voyer

Pierre Voyer holds a Doctorate (PhD.) in Semiotics from the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM). He also holds a Masters Degree in Literary Studies as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Literary Studies from UQAM and one other Bachelor’s Degree in Arts from Collège Sainte-Marie, Québec. For 25 years he was an instructor at CEGEP Lionel-Groulx, Quebec. He has published novels and an essay on the role of rock music in the sixties sexual revolution. In his spare time he is a prolific painter who keeps experimenting with a variety of unexpected media. He also finds time to dedicate to musical pursuits and has just recently recorded a vritual CD, as a part of a collaborative effort know as the Elsie Dee Project.


Dr Norbert Andersch

Dr Norbert Andersch is a neurologist and psychiatrist with a special interest in psychopathology, neuro-traumatology and the concept of schizophrenia. He has practiced for twenty years in both specialities in Germany and England. He is consultant psychiatrist at South London & Maudsley NHS Trust and Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He has been studying Ernst Cassirer's Impact on the Concept of Mental Illness (Symbolic Form and Mental Illness) at the Warburg Library (University of London) and the Mayer-Gross Library (Institute of Psychiatry). He is a member of the Philosophy Special Interest Group at the Royal College and the Maudsley Philosophy Group at SLaM/IoP.


Stefan Leijnen

During his computer science studies Stefan Leijnen was interested in robotics and followed the embodiment paradigm of Luc Steels, Rodney Brooks and others. However, after several years he decided to shift focus more towards the processes within the brain itself. At Berkeley Stefan studied under neurolinguist Terrence Deacon in order to investigate the principles of symbolic and subsymbolic processing in brain and computer. This resulted in a neural network approach to ground computational symbols in a hierarchical system of indices and icons, based on C.S. Peirce's pragmatist epistemology. The footprints of these ideas are carried further in his current research and publications..


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