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Message posted on 03/04/2021


Call for Abstracts

ENACTING CHANCE – IGNORANCE INSIGHT AND INTUITION Virtual Workshop at Lorentz Center (Leiden, the Netherlands) 23 August - 27 August 2021

Submission deadline: April 30, 2021 Notification of acceptance: May 21, 2021

This Lorentz week-long workshop will be devoted to discussing philosophical, psychological, and cognitive aspects of discovering, exploiting, and generating chance. Key topics for discussion will beignorance-based reasoning, creativity, insight problem-solving, serendipity, intuition, and the enactive perspective on cognition. In addition to the intensive week of the workshop, events will commence during the summer and interactive materials will be made available for asynchronous participation. While we are assuming that the event will likely be fully online, we are taking opportunities for blended participation and /enacting chance/ wherever possible in the program.

The workshop will be held on Microsoft Teams and participants will be involved in at least 2 hours per day of academic and social activities. Participants will be invited to prepare a poster or other visual presentation of ideas (mind maps and interactive presentations are welcome) that, together with a brief video or an audio (under 5 minutes) will be uploaded on this website and will be used as a topic of discussion in the poster sessions Q&A.

Key questions, although not restricted to these, will be:

  • Can we train for chance encounters/ events/ discoveries?
  • Is chance an emergent property of particular and intersubjective circumstances?
  • How does an agent shift from a situation of ignorance to one of discovery or insight?
  • When and from what does a deserving hypothesis emerge?
  • What epistemic and cognitive conditions can foster intuition?
  • Can chance encounters/ events/ discoveries foster cases of epistemic illusions?
  • What is the role of chance encounters/ events/ discoveries in insightful restructuring?

Abstracts of no more than 500 words should be submitted to:

Check out the website for the list of keynote speakers and updates in the program:

and our page on the Lorentz Center Website:


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