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Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Metaphysics of Mind

On March 6-8, 2009 there will be a graduate student conference on The Metaphysics of Mind here at University of Missouri, St. Louis. The keynote speaker is Terry Horgan (Arizona). Here is a tentative program:

Friday Night—March 6th

1) Terry Horgan (University of Arizona), "Updating the Agenda for the Metaphysics of Mind"

Saturday—March 7th

1) Sara Bernstein (University of Arizona/MIT), "Overdetermination Problems"

2) Kevin Morris (Brown University), "Reductive Explanation in Two Models of Reduction"

3) Carolyn Suchy-Dicey (Boston University), "The Impossibly Small Hard Problem: Subjective Parallelism, Objective Ordinalism"

4) Joe Hedger (Arizona State University), "Is Brooks's Model of Intelligence Scalable to the Level of Human Beings? Some Remarks about his Instrumental AI Approach and Ascription of Intelligence"

5) Markus Kneer (Institut Jean Nicod, Paris / Princeton University), "Imagining being Napoleon"

6) Liz Stillwaggon Swan (State University of New York at Buffalo), "A Structure and Process Account of Consciousness"

Sunday—March 8th

1) Daniel Sportiello (Notre Dame), "Fundamental Confusion"

2) Collin Rice (University of Missouri), "Proxytypes, Compositionality, and Content"

3) Isaac Wiegman (Washington University in St. Louis), "Representation and Explanation in Artificial Neural Networks"

All inquiries regarding the conference may be sent to Nick Baima at


Tarun Deep Singh said...

I have written a book, Man Is A Thought.

This work tries to establish relationship between scientific theories and theological beliefs. Author explores if thoughts, their behavior, existence and interaction with mind can be explained with in scientific domain.
Further to this, book also provides insight that why artificial intelligence fails to mimic man's ability to think, what limits rational intelligence to attain the status of pinnacle, how thought space can be perceived by humans etc.

At the end it has been suggested that it is a new beginning for mankind. And I reach at a point where I say:

"A man is an oscillation of an image of thought in Real Time Space."

Andrew Bailey said...

Sounds like a fascinating book!

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