Logic & Philosophy of Science Colloquium

Bill Harms
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
SST 777
3 pm

Refreshments will be served