Does Computation Require Representation?

Most of the philosophers who discuss computation are interested in computation because they are interested in the computational theory of cognition. Cognitive systems are typically assumed to represent things, and computation is supposed to help explain how they represent. So many philosophers conclude that computation is the manipulation of representations. …

Is Computation Abstract or Concrete?

John Schwenkler kindly asked me to blog about my new book, Physical Computation: A Mechanistic Account. I am grateful for the invitation. The original motivation for the research that led to the book was to make progress on the vexed question of whether cognition involves computation. That seems to require …

A Coincidence

I recently published three articles that may be of interest to some readers: “The Cognitive Neuroscience Revolution,” (with Worth “Trey” Boone), Synthese. Articulates how cognitive neuroscience explains cognition in terms of representational, computational, multi-level mechanisms. “Access Denied to Zombies,” Topoi. Argues that in doing metaphysics we should pay closer attention …

CFP: PC 2015

The 6th International Workshop on Physics and Computation (PC 2015) (A satellite workshop to Unconventional Computation & Natural Computation 2015) 31 August – 4 September 2015 University of Auckland, New Zealand Special session on Physics and Computation at the Conference on Unconventional Computation & Natural Computation 2015 The 6th International …

It Takes Talent, Determination, Good Teachers, and Deliberate Practice

Today’s NY Times has an article about a new paper in Psychological Science on whether talent or practice is more important for elite performance. In a meta-analysis, the psychologists “found that deliberate practice explained 26% of the variance in performance for games, 21% for music, 18% for sports, 4% for education, …

John Templeton Foundation Spring 2014 Open Submission Cycle

As part of its fall open submission cycle, the John Templeton Foundation welcomes online funding inquiries in the areas of philosophy and theology. The submission window is February 3 to April 1, 2014. Proposed philosophical projects need not have religion or theology as a focus. To submit an online funding …

Consider Publishing in the Journal of Cognitive Science

If you have a good paper and would like a quick publication, the Journal of Cognitive Science is an international interdisciplinary peer reviewed journal that is looking for philosophy contributions (as well as contributions in other cognitive science disciplines). It guarantees a super-fast turnaround time from submission to decision, and …

Synthese Issue on Neuroscience and Its Philosophy — 2013 and 2014

The journal Synthese publishes a yearly issue on Neuroscience and Its Philosophy. In recent years, this has been perhaps the highest profile venue explicitly devoted to articles in the philosophy of neuroscience. For example, two papers published in the 2011 issue have already been anthologized. The 2013 is mostly full …

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