Symposium on Hayley Clatterbuck, “Chimpanzee Mindreading and the Value of Parsimonious Mental Models”

I’m happy to initiate our latest Mind & Language symposium on  Hayley Clatterbucks’s  “Chimpanzee Mindreading and the Value of Parsimonious Mental Models,” from the journal’s September 2015 issue, with commentaries by Cameron Buckner (Houston), Shannon Spaulding (Oklahoma), and Jennifer Vonk (Oakland). There has been a long-standing debate about whether apes, dogs, corvids, and possibly other animals have the capacity to engage in …

Another Robot

A short report on a robot designed to experiment with its environment and learn “like a human infant,” based on neural network technology and testing neuroscience models. (Link courtesy of my student, Adam Hartke.) 0

Atom by Atom Simulation of a Virus

My student Ken Johnson made the following interesting comment. It is especially relevant to those philosophers who like to casually write that in principle, everything can be computationally simulated based on the laws of physics. Notice that there is no reason to expect that Moore’s law will hold up for …

Models in Science

R. Frigg and S. Hartmann, Models in Science, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, (Spring 2006 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), forthcoming URL =http://plato.stanford.edu/archives/spr2006/entries/models-science/>.The Stanford Encyclopedia Entry on scientific modeling is out (since February 27, 2006). The authors are among the organizers of the upcoming conference on Models and Simulations. I expect …