Carnegie Mellon University, Department of Philosophy presents:
CFE/Studia Logica Workshop on the Logic of Simplicity
This Weekend: Friday, June 7 – Sunday, June 9
This workshop is jointly sponsored by Studia Logica and the John Templeton Foundation.
Location: Baker Hall 136A (Adamson Wing), CMU Campus
Rationale: Ockham’s razor is the characteristic bias toward simple hypotheses that has characterized scientific inquiry since Copernicus. But what is it, exactly? This workshop aims to revisit that question from a fresh logical perspective. Potential candidates for the simplicity order include dimensionality, Kolmogorov complexity, and VC dimension. Candidates for Ockham’s razor, itself, include logical theories for revising belief in light of such an order in the deterministic case and a host of model selection methods on the side of statistics and machine learning. This interdisciplinary workshop will begin to explore a number of new and interesting logical questions at the interface of logic and scientific method. Which orders are simplicity orders? Is simplicity relative to questions or subject to other framing effects? How should a simplicity order be modified in light of new information? What may one believe in light of a simplicity order and given information? What should one do if the simplicity order branches? Are the essential features of a simplicity order preserved by the associated belief revision rule? Are standard belief revision principles descriptively plausible in scientific applications? Is simplicity absolute or relative to framing effects? Is there any normative reason to revise according to simplicity rather than some other principle? Addressing these fundamental questions promises both to sharpen our conception of scientific method and to broaden our ideas about the logic of belief revision.
The Volkswagen Foundation’s Herrenhausen Conference on the topic of “(Digital) Humanities Revisited – Challenges and Opportunities in the Digital Age” will take place from December 5-7, 2013 in Hanover, Germany.
In times of digitization, internet, and mobile communication, the humanities can build on new, empirically driven methods to gain new insights. But what are the implications of this mode of knowledge production for the various disciplines subsumed under the term humanities, their methods and research objects, and for the role the humanities should and could play in society? We would be delighted if you joined the discussion – please save the date and the event in your calendar. Confirmed speakers include:
Gregory Ralph Crane, University Leipzig / Iryna Gurevych, Technical University Darmstadt / Lawrence Lessig, Harvard Law School / Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, University of Oxford / Lev Manovich, City University of New York / Jeffrey Schnapp, Harvard University / Eleanor Selfridge-Field, Stanford University
You can find more information on the conference in the attached flyer and under www.volkswagenstiftung.de/digitalhumanities
We cordially invite early career researchers to participate in our event. Therefore, the Volkswagen Foundation offers Travel Grants for young researchers who wish to attend the conference. The deadline for application is August 15, 2013. For more information on the application process, please visit www.volkswagenstiftung.de/digitalhumanities
Summer School on Epistemic Utility Theory
EUT 2013, Bristol
August 17-18, 2013
EUT is organized by the Department of Philosophy at the University of Bristol and coordinated by Richard Pettigrew, Jason Konek, and Ben Levinstein.
- Jim Joyce
- Katie Steele
- Rachael Briggs
- Branden Fitelson
- Kenny Easwaran
Deadline for registration is July 15, 2013. Grad Student Paper CfP deadline: July 5, 2013.
For details, visit https://sites.google.com/site/bristolsummerschool.
[Cross posted at Certain Doubts]
Is the human brain an elaborate organic computer? Since the time of the earliest electronic computers, some have imagined that with sufficiently robust memory, processing speed, and programming, a functioning human brain can be replicated in silicon. Others disagree, arguing that central to the workings of the brain are inherently non-computational processes. Do we differ from complex computer algorithms? Are there essential features of the physical make-up and workings of a brain that will prevent us from creating a machine that thinks? And if we should succeed in constructing a computer that claims to be sentient, how would we know if it really is?
As part of the World Science Festival’s Big Ideas series, a panal discussion entitled “Architects of the Mind: A Blueprint for the Human Brain,” featuring
- Douglas Fields
- Kristen Harris
- Murray Shanahan
- Gregory Wheeler
- Bill Weir, moderator
was recorded on May 31, 2013, at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, New York City.
The World Science Festival’s signature event is an annual celebration and exploration of science, which aims to cultivate a general public informed by science, inspired by its wonder, convinced of its value, and prepared to engage with its implications for the future.
This year’s festival featured 50 events over 5 days, including 10 premier events that were broadcast live online. Below are video links to five philosophically themed programs
- The Whispering Mind: The Enduring Conundrum of Consciousness, with Mélanie Boly, Kristof Koch, Colin McGinn, and Nicholas Schiff. Moderated by Terry Moran.
- Architects of the Mind: A Blueprint for the Human Brain, with Douglas Fields, Kristen Harris, Murray Shanahan, and Gregory Wheeler. Moderated by Bill Weir.
- Infinity, with Raphael Bousso, Philip Clayton, Steven Strogatz, Hugh Woodin. Moderated by Keith Devlin.
- Multiverse: One or Many?, with Andreas Albrecht, Alan Guth, Andrei Linde, and Neil Turok. Moderated by John Hockenberry.
- A Matter of Time, with Paul Davies, Craig Callender, Tim Maudlin, Max Tegmark. Moderated by Ira Flato.
Cross-posted at Certain Doubts
Finding Foundations for
Bounded and Adaptive Rationality
Minds and Machines
Second Call for Extended Abstracts
Deadline May 15, 2013
Minds and Machines is pleased to invite extended abstracts for “Finding Foundations for Bounded and Adaptive Rationality,” a special issue edited by Ralph Hertwig and Arthur Paul Pedersen of the Center for Adaptive Rationality at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development.
The special issue shall focus on philosophical issues related to research on bounded and adaptive decision making, inference, and belief, broadly construed. The editors invite submissions addressing a wide range of issues which henceforth have received inadequate treatment or no treatment despite their significance for the foundations and methodology of research programs in normative and descriptive decision making, inference, and belief. The editors especially encourage submissions addressing issues arising for research programs which aim to rationalize decision strategies or inference patterns ostensibly violating putative norms of strategic or epistemic rationality.
For example, the editors encourage submissions concerned with whether and to what extent criteria can be delineated by which decisions, inferences, and beliefs are to be evaluated as rational in relation to an actor’s environment. More generally, can a descriptive theory of bounded and adaptive decision making, inference, and/or belief be reconciled with a normative theory thereof? Conceptual clarity shall be especially encouraged (e.g., about an actor’s environment and the sense and scope of evaluations of rationality).
Anyone interested in contributing to the special issue must submit an extended abstract of one to three pages by May 15, 2013. The abstract is a proposal for a full paper the author thereby agrees to submit by January 15, 2014 if his or her proposal has been approved by the editors of the special issue. Each full paper will thereupon undergo peer review.
To encourage quality submissions and critical discussion, a workshop is to be held at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development prior to the submission deadline for full papers. In addition to inviting scholars to speak at the workshop, some authors among those who have prepared approved proposals will be invited to deliver a lecture on his or her proposal.
A primary goal of the special issue is to foster exemplary critical interdisciplinary discussion about bounded and adaptive rationality serving a renewed and sustained philosophical interest from exceptional thinkers in an influential area of scientific inquiry.
Deadline for extended abstracts: May 15, 2013.
To submit an extended abstract, follow the instructions at the website for submissions:
When prompted to choose an article type, select “SI: Finding Foundations for Bounded and Adaptive Rationality.”
Inquiries may be directed to the e-mail address for the special issue:
Arthur Paul Pedersen