This workshop will bring together philosophers and scientists to discuss the role and uses of information and representation in physics, biology and the cognitive sciences. What are the explanatory roles of ‘information’ and ‘representation’ in theories in physics, biology and cognitive science? What is the relation amongst probability, entropy and information as well as between information and representation? Is it theoretically useful to aim at single, all encompassing theories of information and representation (one size fits all)? Addressing these questions in a single workshop is especially important in view of the central roles ‘information’ and ‘representation’ play in different disciplines and sciences.
Monday, 30 May
At Tel Aviv University (Gilman Building, Hall 496)
INFORMATION IN BIOLOGY
José Brunner, Head, Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science & Ideas
Michael Lachmann (Santa Fe Institute)
Information in Evolution http://edelstein.huji.ac.il/?p=1196#unique-identifier
Ulrich Stegmann (University of Aberdeen and Utrecht University)
Do Animal Signals Have Derived Content?
Irun R. Cohen (Weizmann Institute of Science)
An Informational View of the Evolution of Living Systems
Dan Zakay (Tel Aviv University and IDC Herzeliya)
Time as Information to the Cognitive and Meta–Cognitive Systems
Rosa Cao (New York University)
Functional Specialization, Substrate Independence, and the Explanatory Role of Information
Tuesday, 31 May
At the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute (34, Jabotinsky Street)
INFORMATION IN PHYSICS
Olimpia Lombardi (CONICET – Universidad de Buenos Aires)
Interpreting the Concept of Information
Yemima Ben-Menahem (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
The PBR Theorem: Whose Side Is It On?
Daniel Rohrlich (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)
Thermodynamics and the Measure of Entanglement
Orly Shenker (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Entropy: Information versus Probability
Israel Belfer (Bar-Ilan University, STS Program)
Bit by Bit: The Role of Information in Physics
Open Discussion on Information in Biology and Physics
Wednesday, 1 June
At the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute (34, Jabotinsky Street)
INFORMATION IN COGNITIVE SCIENCE Pt. 1
Gualtiero Piccinini (University of Missouri, St. Louis)
Mark Sprevak (The University of Edinburgh)
Information and Representation in Probabilistic Models of Cognition
Oron Shagrir (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
No Computation without Representation
Ayelet N. Landau (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Temporal Structure in Perception and Attention
Nir Fresco (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) and
Eva Jablonka (Tel Aviv University)
From Information to Representation: A Teleological Approach
Ronald J. Planer (University of Kentucky)
Evolving a Language of Thought
Thursday, 2 June
At the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Edmond J. Safra Campus/Givat Ram, Beit Belgia)
INFORMATION IN COGNITIVE SCIENCE Pt. 2
Haim Sompolinsky (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Information and Representation in Theories of Brain Sensory Processing
Fred Adams (University of Delaware)
From information to Cognition
Aaron Sloman (University of Birmingham)
What’s information? An Answer from Physics, Biology, Mind-Science and Philosophy
about this event
This conference will entertain and educate, exploring mental health through the eyes of the ancient world, and taking a tour through history. It will include highlights by Professor Julian Hughes such as “If only the ancients had DSM 5, all would have been clear.”
Additionally, the well-known author of several books on the history of psychiatry, Professor Andrew Scull, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Science Studies University of California, will be joining us from San Diego.
Professor Glen Most, Professor of Ancient Greek, Scuola Normale, Pisa, Italy and Professor at the Committee on Social Thought Chicago Univeristy is another notable speaker.
The aims and objectives for this meeting are to:
•Understand the way psychiatry was seen through the eyes of the Ancient, Arab and early modern world
•Understand the development of the specialty of Psychiatry in the context of prevailing culture
•Explore the history of ideas about mental illness and develop an awareness of our own position in the arc of the history of psychiatry
•Critically examine the current state and future of psychiatry and its institutions
This event is part of the "Psychiatry in dialogue with neuroscience medicine and society" series and is being held in associated with the Royal College of Psychiatrists History of Psychiatry Special Interest Group.
please note: Pre registration is required to attend the annual dinner which will follow the meeting.
1st Call for Papers
The 8th Tensions of Europe Conference
Athens, 7-10 September 2017
Borders and Technology
The 8th Tensions of Europe Conference will have as its main theme the history of borders and technology. We invite papers studying the history of the relationship between national borders and transnational infrastructures, hidden technological linking and delinking that reinforced or challenged border delineations and demarcations, the relationship between borders and technologically-induced environmental crises and disasters, the virtualization of borders and the territories that they contain through the use of electronic and related technologies, geopolitics and technology, the redefinition of borders due to the use of technology (and vice versa), all the way from the production to the circulation and use of goods and commodities. One central aim is to cross-fertilize between disciplines and we therefore invite contributions from a wide variety of historical disciplines as well as fromfields like Migration and Border Studies, Migration History, Mobility History, etc, especially in connection to borders and migrations from, to and within Europe.
Themes that fall under the general agenda of the Tensions of Europe network are very welcomed (e.g. transnational histories of technology, history of European infrastructures and networks, environment and technology, the democracy-technology relationship, conflicting interests and technology, technology and hidden integration, technology and culture, gender and technology, technology and ethnicity, technology and disability).
Tensions of Europe has a long tradition of fostering alternative meeting formats.
We encourage proposals for non-traditional sessions with different formats and new
ideas (e.g. round tables, agenda-building sessions, brainstorm sessions, break-out
groups with assignments, poster discussion, film discussion, event-based sessions).
As long as quality can be demonstrated, the program committee will not prioritize
between formats. By quality we mean suggestions that promise constructive, stimulating
and engaging discussion.
We invite scholars from all relevant fields to submit proposal to:
by 15 February 2017
All proposals should include a title, short abstract, the academic title and affiliation of the applicant(s) and a short bio. Please name your file with your surname. Abstracts for individual papers and posters should be no more than 300 words. For panels, we ask for a description of the theme of the panel (max 300 words) together with shorter abstracts (max 150 words) of the individual papers. If you wish to suggest a presentation of a different format, please use these word limits as guidelines. We will inform applicants by April 1st 2017 whether their contribution has been accepted. A second call for papers with information about keynote speakers will be distributed by the end of 2016. Conference website: http://8toe2017.phs.uoa.gr/
Welcome to Athens in September 2017!
Aristotle Tympas (Chair of the Organizing Committee)
Division of History of Science and Technology
Department of Philosophy and History of Science
School of Science
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
The Tensions of Europe conference is organized biennially. Tensions of Europe is an interdisciplinary community of scholars who study the shaping of Europe by paying attention to the role of technology and material culture. It welcomes fruitful interaction between historians of technology and scholars who study technology from all other fields of the humanities and the social sciences (http://www.tensionsofeurope.eu). The 8th Tensions of Europe Conference will be co-organized by the Division of History of Science and Technology, Department of Philosophy and History of Science, School of Science, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (http://www.phs.uoa.gr/hst/) and the Foundation for the History of Technology (http://www.histech.nl/www/en/), which is hosted by the Eindhoven University of Technology.