Closing Remarks & Feedback on #MindsOnline2016

It’s been a delight to be a part of #MindsOnline2016, from beginning to end. In a closing gesture, we’d like to do three things: (1) say thanks, (2) lay out some data about this year’s conference, and (3) give you an opportunity to provide feedback.

1. Thanks!

Like last year, the second annual Minds Online conference enjoyed great contributions and great commentary from around the world.

Please join us in thanking this year’s keynote presenters Dorit Bar-OnOphelia DeroyEllen FridlandBryce Huebner for their great papers and subsequent discussion. Here’s a word of appreciation from a participant.

optimister: Anyone who thinks that current philosophy of mind is somehow at odds with science and out of touch with scientific research should be directed to [the Minds Online conference], starting with the first Keynote by [Ellen] Fridland…

Thanks also to this year’s contributors, James R. BeebeJuan Pablo BermudezDenis BuehlerBartek Chomanski Sam ClarkeDimitria Electra GatziaStacey GoguenLaura GowJoshua Habgood-CooteAaron HenryJake MonaghanHedda Hassel MørchLuke RoelofsMaarten SteenhagenChris Tucker, and Karina Vold. Thank you for sharing and discussing your work.

We are also thankful for this year’s many excellent invited commentersKen Aizawa, Keith Allen, Torin Alter, Kristin Andrews, Lieke AsmaHelen Beebee, Jacob Berger, Olle Blomberg, Robert Briscoe, Michael BrownsteinWesley Buckwalter, Peter FazekasMark FortneyLauren FreemanBrie Gertler, Mitchell Herschbach, Johannes HimmelreichCarolyn Dicey JenningsAmy KindJohn Kulvicki, Jason Leddington, Alisa Mandrigin, Mohan Matthen, Marcin Milkowski, Vivian Mizrahi, Carlotta PaveseGualtiero Piccinini, Jake Quilty-Dunn, Evan RileyLuke RoelofsKatia Samoilova, John SchwenklerJoshua ShepherdJoulia Smortchkova, Jay Spitzley, Daniel StoljarJohn Turri, Robyn Waller, Sebastian WatzlMichael Wheeler, and John Zeimbekis.

And we cannot forget our wonderful session chairs who spent their summer coordinating with authors and commenters from each session. This was immensely helpful and important work! Thank you Rachel Amoroso, Andrew Christman, Mirja Perez De Celleja, and Paul Rezkalla.

We are grateful to all of the participants in this year’s Minds Online conference — including all those who helped with the review process (more on that in a moment). Your participation makes all of this worthwhile. As Juan Pablo, one of this year’s presenters, put it:

Juan Pablo Bermúdez ‏(@bermudez_jp_): Online conferences can be awesome. #MindsOnline2016 was a great forum. Thanks to all who took part!

2. Some Data

Attendance. Like the first annual Minds Online conference, the second annual conference was a busy venue. On average 276 people viewed each presentation. And in September alone, more than 10,000 people visited this year’s conference. At certain points, there were so many people on the site that the site could not handle additional traffic — we’re sorry that some of you had trouble accessing the conference during these times.

Peer-review. There were 57 submissions. After two stages of double-anonymous review, there were 15 accepted papers. In the first stage, at least two reviewers looked at every submission. At least 39 submissions moved on to the next stage. In this stage at least two additional reviewers looked at submissions. In almost every case, stage two reviewers provided comments to authors. Here’s a look at the professional status of authors across each stage of the review process.


Geography. Contributors joined from at least 15 countries (not counting attendees and public commenters). Here’s a visualization:


Publications. As far as we know, at least 3 papers and/or comments from last year’s conference have turned into journal publications. (Please contact us if you know of any such publications so that we can update this accordingly).

3. Feedback

We are very interested to learn about your experience and what we can do to improve future Minds Online conferences. So we hope that you will take a moment to tell us about the following: