My name is Mirko Farina and I am a philosopher and a cognitive scientist. I am currently (2019-2020) Assistant Professor in Philosophy at Nazarbayev University and a honorary research fellow at King’s College in London. I was (2019-2016) a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at King’s College, London, where I worked under the mentorship of Professor David Papineau and of Professor Nicholas Shea (Institute of Philosophy, London). I was also a visiting scholar (Feb 2017) in the School of Philosophy at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Moscow.

I pursued my doctoral studies in the Department of Cognitive Science at Macquarie University (Sydney) under the primary supervision of Professor John Sutton and of Professor Max Coltheart. Prior to that I studied with Professor Corrado Sinigaglia in Milan (BA, MSc – Erasmus at UvA, Amsterdam) and with Professor Andy Clark in Edinburgh (MPhil) where I built up thorough expertise both in general contemporary philosophical methods and in independent critical engagement with empirical research in the sciences of mind. 

During my PhD, I was visiting fellow at Aarhus University (under Professor Andreas Roepstorff), and at The Center for Mind, Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Evolution – Ruhr University Bochum – (under Professor Tobias Schlicht).

I have published 22 papers in in top-tier journals and high-profile academic press books. I have delivered 47 academic talks worldwide and received several grants and prizes (for a total of approx. USD$1 million) by leading international institutions (including The British Academy for the Humanities and the Social Sciences, The Russian Foundation for Science, King’s College London, The Russian Foundation for Basic Research, The University of Cambridge, Aarhus University).

Mirko Farina

Research Interests:

My academic interests fall at the confluence of non-Cartesian cognitive science, philosophy of mind, cultural psychology, developmental neuroscience, philosophy of science, philosophy of biology, and philosophy of perception. Specifically, my research to date falls into six main areas, all of live interest in the study of mind, science, and cognition. These are:

  • Multisensory Perception (especially cross-modal associations, synaesthesia, phenomenology of vision and touch), Individuation of the Senses (human sensory modalities, Molyneux problem), Sensory Substitution Devices, Human Echolocation, and Brain-Machines Interfaces.
  • Embodied Cognition (scaffolded. extended, situated, and enacted) and its practical applications (especially in the fields of robotics, vision, language, gestures, memory, emotion, and music).
  • Cultural Inheritance, Cultural Learning and Mechanisms of Cultural Evolution (social/environmental [tool making, division of labour], and especially cognitive [imitation, mindreading, language, imagination, mental time travel]).
  • Embodied Sport Psychology (automatization, deliberate practice, genecentric accounts of skill acquisition, patterned practices, motor learning, talent acquisition, executive and cognitive control); 
  • Free Will (moral and ethical considerations underlying freedom of will) and how free will relates to justice (retributivism, utilitarianism, consequentialism, deterrence, quarantine).
  • Social Learning Strategies (copying, emulation, inadvertent coaching, teaching, observation) and Brain Plasticity (neurocognitive and structural reorganisation of our brain and cognitive rehabilitation)

Key Terms:

  • Embodied/Extended Cognition
  • Cultural Evolution/Cultural Learning
  • Free Will
  • Sensory Substitution Devices
  • Philosophy of Perception
  • Philosophy of Cognitive Science
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Cultural Psychology
  • Learning and Brain Plasticity
  • Human Cognition