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Date: Thu, 6 Jan 1994 15:07:24 -The Place of Indicator Semantics in Cognitive Science
From: PATRICK WILKEN <X91007pitvax.xx.rmit.edu.au>
Subject: The Place of Indicator Semantics in Cognitive Science


COMPLEX REPRESENTATIONS:
THE PLACE OF INDICATOR SEMANTICS IN COGNITIVE SCIENCE

Complex Representations: The Place of Indicator Semantics in
Cognitive Science* is the theme of a conference sponsored by the
Department of Philosophy, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the
Center for the Study of Science in Society at Virginia Polytechnic
Institute and State University, to be held March 18-20, 1994, at
Mountain Lake Resort, Blacksburg, Virginia.

Indicator semantics, and similar teleological accounts of
representation, have enjoyed remarkable success in explaining low-
level cognitive processing. The question now arises whether
indicator semantics could be extended to explain the higher level
representational capacity of more complex organisms -- in
particular, humans. This conference will address will address such
an elaboration -- its viability, desirability, and potential
consequences for the cognitive sciences.

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COMPLEX REPRESENTATIONS:
THE PLACE OF INDICATOR SEMANTICS IN COGNITIVE SCIENCE

March 18-20, 1994
DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY
VIRGINIA POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE AND STATE UNIVERSITY

FRIDAY, March 18

6:30-8:00 Opening Dinner

8:00-10:00 Welcome: Joe Pitt, Virginia Tech
 Speaker: Karen Neander, Australian National
 "From Innate To Acquired
 Representations"
 Commentator: Fred Dretske, Stanford

SATURDAY, March 19

9:00-10:30 Chair: William Williams, Virginia Tech
 Speaker: Laurence Shapiro, Wisconsin-Madison
 "Indication, Cognitive Science, and
 Lego Naturalism"
 Commentator: Peter Godfrey-Smith, Stanford

11:00-12:30 Chair: Karl Pribram, Radford
 Speaker: Kenneth Taylor, Rutgers
 "Must an Intentional System Be
 Rational?"
 Commentator: George Wittenberg, Mercy Hospital

2:00-3:30 Chair: James Klagge, Virginia Tech
 Speaker: Mohan Matthen, Alberta
 "On the Semantics of Emotion"
 Commentator: Adele Mercier, Queen's University

4:00-5:30 Chair: John Christman, Virginia Tech
 Speaker: John Post, Vanderbilt
 "Teleosemantics, Physicalism, and
 Ethics"
 Commentator: Richard Burian, Virginia Tech

8:00-11:00 Reception -- Gavagai Hollow Farm

SUNDAY, March 20, 1994

9:00-10:30 Chair: Thomas Oberdan, Clemson
 Speaker: Georges Rey, Maryland
 "Keeping Meaning in Mind"
 Commentator: Berent Enc, Wisconsin-Madison

11:00-12:30 Chair: Stuart Silvers, Clemson
 Speaker: Ruth Millikan, Connecticut-Storrs
 "Pushmepullyou Representations"
 Commentator: David Israel, Stanford

2:00-3:30 Chair: Harlan Miller, Virginia Tech
 Roundtable Discussion

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REGISTRATION

Opening Dinner ___No. Persons  $25/each = _______
 (only if not staying at hotel)
Hotel (including meals) $70.54/day/person (single) = _______
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Please make checks payable to Department of Philosophy. Mail
materials to Spring Conference, Department of Philosophy, VPI & SU,
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0126.

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Transportation available from Roanoke Airport to Mountain Lake upon
request. For more information, contact Gary L. Hardcastle, Valerie
Gray Hardcastle, or Peter E. Pruim at valeriehvtvm1.cc.vt.edu.

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