Bill Downes is an author and academic. He is currently Senior Fellow in the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies, University of East Anglia , Norwich. Educated in Canada at Queen's and Toronto universities and in England at University College London, he has taught at the London School of Economics,
the University of East Anglia and Glendon College, York University, Toronto, where was a founder member of the English department in 1966 and an Adjunct Professor from 2003-2017. The author of Language and Society (1998) and Language and Religion (2011) and numerous articles, he researches the relation of linguistic pragmatics, cognition and culture.
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I also gave a seminar entitled "Relevance and Emergence" which explored relevance as algorithmic complexity in relation to emergence. A version of this has been published as " Two concepts of relevance and the emergence of mind ." in the Institutes' e-journal INSIGHTS Vol.9. no 7. (2016).