Parmenides Center for the  Study of Thinking


The Parmenides Center for the Study of Thinking (PCST) is a multi-disciplinary research organization that has been established in 2000 as a joint project of the Parmenides Foundation and the Human Science Center of the Ludwig-Maximilian-University of Munich. Its purpose is the study of complex thinking at the interface of the natural sciences and the humanities.

The research agenda combines the exploration of underlying neurobiological processes with the quest for the conceptual frontiers of human thinking. The aim is to allow for the two approaches to shed light on each other thus creating potential for new perspectives and insights.

The study of thinking requires the collaboration of scientists from a diverse range of fields and PCST is intended to provide a supportive infrastructure for crossing disciplinary boundaries and implementing multi-disciplinary research on human thinking.

The center draws on modern imaging techniques as well as on more conventional behavioral approaches and has its own EEG (electroencephalography) laboratory. The empirical work is complemented by philosophical methods.

The long-term agenda is to develop a multi-layered theory of thinking.