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  1. Roberto Poli, Hierarchies of Representation - BISCA 2001

Message 1: Hierarchies of Representation - BISCA 2001

Date: Mon, 22 Jan 2001 09:32:17 +0100
From: Roberto Poli <>
Subject: Hierarchies of Representation - BISCA 2001

Bolzano (Italy), September 10-15

Irving BIEDERMAN (University of Southern California)
Alexander MEYSTEL (Drexel University, Philadelphia)
James POMERANTZ (Rice University)
John WILLATS (University of Birmingham)

Discussant: Alf ZIMMER (University of Regensburg)

DESCRIPTION. Mainstream contemporary cognitive science starts from the
assumption that knowledge essentially consists of the manipulation of inner
representations - variously defined as neurophysiological states, mental
images or symbolic codifications.

The question 'what is a representation' immediately raises a series of
sub-issues, as if there are primitive aspects of representing connected to a
type of concrete representation which differentiate its format with respect
to abstract, mnestic or symbolic representations; if there is a continuum
between the two (or more) levels and/or if it is possible to draw a
demarcation line, at least descriptively, between the different aspects of
the representation. In other words, if it is possible to identify aspects of
the structure and of the perceptual content that differ from substantially
symbolic and definitional aspects of the representation.

Bisca 2001 will analyse the multigranular processes and hierarchies of
knowledge representation, in particular to those aspects of knowledge
representation more tied to phenomena of assimilation and perceptual
organization, as evident, for example, in phenomena of amodal perception
which shed light on the character of emergences at different level (within
the format of actual representation itself) of multiscaled levels of
cognitive integration.

The school addresses to experimental psychologists, computer scientists and
philosophers endowed with a scientific approach to the discipline.

General information
==Each speaker will give 4 lectures, with ample time for discussion.
==All lectures will be in English.
==The lectures will be given in the new seat of Mitteleuropa Foundation,
starting September 10, at 9 a.m.
==Attendance to the school will be limited to about 30 participants.
==Applications should arrive by July 31th. Notification of acceptance and
detailed program will be provided in due course.
==A hotel list will be sent upon notification of acceptance.
==A small number of boursaries are available to qualified students to meet
the costs of participation.

People wishing to participate should send an e-mail message to Liliana
Albertazzi (

Roberto Poli
Department of Sociology and Social Research
University of Trento
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