Logic & Philosophy of Science Colloquium
Centre for Applied Ethics, UBC/ Seattle Central Community College
"Computational Evolutionary Epistemology"
Naturalizing Epistemology means creating the theoretical foundations and prototype
methods for an effective science of knowledge system. Three emphases would
distinguish scientific epistemology from existing disciplines. (1) The comparative reliability of alternative types of perceptual/cognitive systems with respect to abstract environment types. (2) The comparative analysis of "concept" sets which mediate object recognition and classification. (3) The establishment of correspondence meaning of signals
via functional efficacy, with particular concern for the type of meaning in normative
signals. I shall argue that the "Lewis-Skyrms" signaling game embedded in a spatially
explicit, agent-based modelling framework allows systematic and independently
replicable investigation of these questions.
Friday, November 15, 2002
Refreshments will be served