Pre-Announcement Vienna International Summer University 2002: MIND AND COMPUTATION

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    Center for Interdisciplinary Studies (ZüF)
    Department of Contemporary History


    Vienna International Summer University
    SWC Scientific World Conceptions
    Vienna, University Campus, July 15-26, 2002

    A two-week high-level summer course on questions about the relation
    between mind, brain and computation from a historical and
    epistemological point of view, with a special focus on quantum

    Main Lecturers:
    Brian McLaughlin (Rutgers University, New Brunswick, USA)
    Michael Hagner (Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin, D)

    Assistant Lecturers: t.b.a.

    Guest Lecturer:
    Anton Zeilinger (Department of Experimental Physics, University of Vienna, A)

    Since the nineteenth century, experimental, clinical and anatomical
    studies of the brain have vastly determined the brain as an organ, in
    which various psychological qualities are located in different
    regions. This has resulted in a cerebral topography of man that seeks
    to decipher man beyond the mind-matter dualism. Thought in itself,
    perceptions and language, previously issues of philosophy, have now
    become an object of the life sciences. At the same time, however,
    models of cognition based on language of thought have become crucial
    for the philosophy of mind.

    Around the middle of the twentieth century, the brain became
    conceptualized as a computer, and this led to numerous fruitful
    research enterprises. More recently, however, the equation between
    brain and computer has been challenged. One aim of this Summer
    University is to discuss various shifts in the relation between mind,
    brain and computation from a historical and epistemological point of
    view. Moreover, the Summer University will focus on the relation
    between physiological and mental processes, for example, the relation
    between low-level vision accounts of color perception and their
    interaction with theories of visual consciousness.

    Topics will include:

    - The architecture of the mind: the classicism/connectionism debate.
    - The history of the cerebral localization of the mind.
    - Minds and machines in the age of cybernetics.
    - Metaphors for the brain and its activity.
    - Reverse optics and the study of color consciousness.
    - Single cells and cerebral architectures: functional units of the
      brain in historical perspective.
    - Information, observation and consciousness in Quantum Physics.

    International Program Committee

    Martin Carrier (Bielefeld), Maria Luisa Dalla Chiara (Florence), Maria
    Carla Galavotti (Bologna), Malachi Hacohen (Duke), Rudolf Haller
    (Graz), Rainer Hegselmann (Bayreuth), Michael Heidelberger (Tübingen),
    Elisabeth Leinfellner (Vienna), Paolo Mancosu (Berkeley), Friedrich
    Stadler (Vienna), Roger Stuewer (Minneapolis), Thomas Uebel
    (Manchester), Jan Wolenski (Cracow), Anton Zeilinger (Vienna)
    Michael Stöltzner (Secretary of the Program Committee, Vienna)

    The main Lecturers

    Michael Hagner is Senior Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the
    History of Science in Berlin. His research interests include the
    history of the neurosciences, the history of experimentation, and the
    relation between history of science and cultural history.

    Hagner is the author of Homo cerebralis. Die Lokalisation der
    geistigen Eigenschaften und das moderne Verständnis vom Menschen
    (1997, English translation in preparation) and has edited Der
    "falsche" Koerper. Beiträge zu einer Geschichte der Monstrositäten
    (1995) and Ecce cortex. Beiträge zur Geschichte des modernen Gehirns
    (1999). Most recently, he has edited Ansichten der
    Wissenschaftsgeschichte (2001)

    Brian McLaughlin is Professor at Rutgers University, New Brunswick,
    USA, where he has taught since 1995.His research is in the field of
    cognitive science, philosophy of mind and analytic philosophy.
    McLaughlin is co-editor of Actions and Events: Perspectives on the
    Philosophy of Donald Davidson (1985), Perspectives on Self-Deception
    (1988), and editor of Dretske and His Critics (1991). He has
    published many articles in the forementioned areas of
    research. Several visiting professorships in the United States and

    Guest Lecturer

    Anton Zeilinger is Professor and Director of the Institute of
    Experimental Physics at the University of Vienna. He and his group -
    one of the world's leading experimental quantum physics research
    groups - have realized in experiment many fundamental predictions of
    quantum theory. Among his many awards and prizes are the membership of
    the German order Pour le Mérite and the Senior Humboldt Fellow Prize.
    Zeilinger is author and editor of seminal books and many articles on
    Quantum Physics, Quantum Information and Quantum Cryptography.

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