Representation, Computation, Mechanism: What is the Best Explanation of Cognition?

August 20, 2020

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Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Technische Universität Berlin
University of Zürich

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Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Technische Universität Berlin
University of Zürich

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This online workshop will bring together philosophers and scientists to discuss the role and uses of ‘mechanism‘, ‘representation‘, ‘computation’ and ‘information-processing’ in cognitive science broadly construed. Should all explanations and models in cognitive science identify possible or actual mechanisms? Can a genuine mechanistic explanation be representational? Do representations earn their explanatory keep in theories and models in cognitive science? What is the explanatory role of ‘information’ and ‘computation’ in such theories and models in cognitive science? How should we conceive of computation in the brain? Is it theoretically useful to aim at a single, all-encompassing theory of information (one size fits all)? Addressing these questions in a single workshop is especially important in view of the central roles of these concepts in different areas of cognitive science.

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August 19, 2020, 6:00pm CET

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20 people are attending:

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Bielefeld University
and 18 more.

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Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology - Delhi (IIIT-Delhi)
University of Oslo

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