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  1. Paul Mc Kevitt, TWO SCIENCES OF MIND


Date: Thu, 24 Oct 1996 17:09:31 +0200
From: Paul Mc Kevitt <>

edited by:
Se/an /O Nuall/ain
(Dublin City University [DCU], Ireland
 and National Research Council [NRC], Ottawa, Canada)

Paul Mc Kevitt
(Aalborg University, Denmark and University of Sheffield, England)

Eoghan Mac Aog/ain
(Instidiud Teangeolaiochta/Irish Linguistics Institute, Dublin, Ireland)

(Advances in Consciousness Research (AiCR 9), serios)

Professor Maxim I. Stamenov/
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria
(Institute for Bulgarian Language)

Professor Gordon G. Globus/
University of California at Irvine, CA, USA

Editorial Board:
David Chalmers, Walter Freeman, Ray Jackendoff, Christof Koch,
Stephen Kosslyn, George Mandler, Ernst Poppel, Richard Rorty,
John Searle, Petra Stoerig, Geoffrey Underwood, Francisco Varela

ISSN 1381-589X

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The Reaching for Mind workshop, held at AISB '95, explicitly
addressed itself to the current crisis in Cognitive Science. In
particular, the issue of how this discipline can address
consciousness was a leitmotif in the workshop. The conclusion
seems inescapable that there is a need for two sciences in this
area. Cognitive Science can be freed to become a fully-fledged
experimental epistemology by the creation of a science of
consciousness encompassing also subjectivity. This exciting
collection of papers indicates where both these sciences may be
heading. Contributors include Bernard Baars, John Taylor,
William Hoffman and Se/an /O Nuall/ain.

The `Reaching for Mind' workshop, held at AISB '95, addressed the
current crisis in Cognitive Science, in particular the issue of
consciousness. This exciting selection of papers discusses the
need for two sciences in this area: a science of consciousness
which encompasses subjectivity and Cognitive Science as a
fully-fledged experimental epistemnology. Contributors include
Bernard Baars, John Taylor, William Hoffman and Se/an /O

Proceedings of "Reaching for Mind: Foundations of Cognitive
Science" AISB-95 Workshop, April 3rd/4th 1995, at The Tenth
Biennial Conference on AI and Cognitive Science (AISB-95) (Theme:
Hybrid Problems, Hybrid Solutions), Halifax Hall, University of
Sheffield, Sheffield, England (Monday 3rd -- Friday 7th April

+ Introduction
Se/an /O Nuall/ain

PART I: +Cognitive Science in Crisis?
 Se/an /O Nuall/ain
+ Reinventing the Square Wheel: the nature of the crisis in cognitive
Phil Kime
+ Biomolecular Cognitive Science
Ajit Narayanan
+ The Search for Mind: a new foundation for cognitive science
Se/an /O Nuall/ain
+ The Lion, The Bat and the Wardrobe:
myth and metaphors in cognitive science
Stuart Watt
+ Crisis? What Crisis?
Church's thesis and the scope of cognitive science
P.D. Scott
+ What's Psychological and What's Not? the act/content confusion in
cognitive science, artificial intelligence and linguistic theory
Terry Dartnall
+ Is Cognition an Autonomous Subsystem?
Mark H. Bickhard

PART II: +Epistemology and Methodology
 Se/an /O Nuall/ain
+ How to ground Symbols Adaptively
K.F. MacDorman
+ From Chinese Rooms to Irish Rooms: new words on visions for language
Paul Mc Kevitt and Chengming Guo
+ The Role of the Systematicity Argument in Classicism and Connectionism
Kenneth Aizawa
+ Connectionism, Tri-Level Functionalism and Causal Roles
Istv/an S.N. Berkeley
+ Emotion and the Conceptual Theory of Mind
Craig DeLancey
+ Remembering, Rehearsal and Empathy: towards a social and embodied
cognitive psychology for artifacts
Kerstin Dautenhahn and Thomas Cristaller

PART III: +Consciousness and Selfhood
 Se/an /O Nuall/ain
+ Reconciling the Two Images
Andrew Brook
+ Consciousness and Common-Sense Metaphors of Mind
John A. Barnden
+ Some Consequences of Current Scientific Treatments of
Consciousness and Selfhood
Se/an /O Nuall/ain
+ Idle Thoughts
B.F. Katz and N.C. Riley
+ Consciousness: a requirement for understanding natural language
G/erard Sabah
+ A Neurocognitive Model for Consciousness and Attention
James Newman, Bernard Baars and Sung-Bae Cho
+ Modelling Consciousness
J.G. Taylor
+ Mind and the Geometry of Systems
William C. Hoffman

+ Index

Se/an /O Nuall/ain holds an M.Sc. in Psychology from University
College, Dublin (UCD), Ireland and a Ph.D. in Computer Science
from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. He is currently on
sabbatical leave at the National Research Council (NRC), Canada
from his Associate Professor (tenured lecturing) post at Dublin
City University (DCU), Ireland where he initiated and directed
the B.Sc. in Applied Computational Linguistics. He is the
author of a book on the foundations of Cognitive Science: "The
Search for Mind" (Ablex, 1995). He has run the international
workshop on "Reaching for Mind" (co-chair Paul Mc Kevitt) at
Sheffield, England in April, 1995.

Paul Mc Kevitt is 32 and from D/un Na nGall (Donegal), Ireland on
the Northwest of the EU. He is a Visiting Professor of
Intelligent Multimedia Computing at Aalborg University in
Denmark, EU and a British EPSRC (Engineering and Physical
Sciences Research Council) Advanced Fellow in the Department of
Computer Science at the University of Sheffield in Sheffield,
England, EU. The Fellowship, commenced in 1994, and releases him
from his Associate Professorship (tenured Lecturership) for 5
years to conduct full-time research on the integration of natural
language, speech and vision processing. He is currently pursuing
a Master's Degree in Education at the University of Sheffield.
He completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of
Exeter, England in 1991. His Master's Degree in Computer Science
was obtained from New Mexico State University, New Mexico, USA in
1988 and his Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from
University College Dublin (UCD), Dublin, Ireland in 1985. His
primary research interests are in Natural Language Processing
(NLP) including the processing of pragmatics, beliefs and
intentions in dialogue. He is also interested in Philosophy,
Multimedia and the general area of Artificial Intelligence.

Eoghan Mac Aog/ain is Director of Instidiud Teangeolaiochta
(Linguistics Institute) of Ireland. He studied philosophy at
University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland and psychology at the
Centre for Advanced Study in Theoretical Psychology at the
University of Alberta, Canada. He has participated in a number
of EU Natural Language Processing (NLP) projects, and is
currently involved on PAROLE, which will provide computational
lexica and corpora for 13 Union languages to a common standard.
His interests include corpus-based approaches to grammar writing
and the design of language learning programmes. He is the fonder
editor of the international journal: Language, Culture and


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