Events: Information and information-processing in science: biology, physics & brain & cognitive sciences

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The 30th Annual International Workshop on the History and Philosophy of Science.
Research Workshop of the Israel Science Foundation
30 May – 2 June 2016, Tel Aviv University and Van Leer Jerusalem Institute.

Workshop Organisers:
Dr. Nir Fresco (Hebrew University)
Prof. Orly Shenker (Hebrew University)
Prof. Oron Shagrir (Hebrew University)

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Monday 30 May: Information In Biology

9:45-10:00 Welcome

10:00-11:00 Prof. Michael Lachmann: Information in Evolution

11:00-12:00 Dr. Ulrich Stegmann: Do Animal Signals Have Derived Content?

12:00-12:30 Coffee Break

12:30-13:30 Prof. Irun R. Cohen: An Informational View of the Evolution of Living Systems

13:30-14:45 Lunch Break

14:45-15:45 Prof. Dan Zakay: Time as Information to the Cognitive and Meta–Cognitive Systems

15:45-16:45 Dr. Rosa Cao: Functional Specialization, Substrate Independence, and the Explanatory Role of Information

Tuesday 31 May: Information In Physics

9:15-10:15 Prof. Olimpia Lombardi: Interpreting the Concept of Information

10:15-11:15 Prof. Yemima Ben-Menahem: The PBR Theorem: Whose Side Is It On?

11:15-11:30 Coffee Break

11:30-12:30 Dr. Daniel Rohrlich: Thermodynamics and the Measure of Entanglement

12:30-14:00 Lunch Break

14:00-15:00 Prof. Orly Shenker: Entropy: Information versus Probability

15:00-16:00 Israel Belfer: Bit by Bit: The Role of Information in Physics

16:00-16:15 Coffee Break

16:15-17:15 Open Discussion: On Information in Biology and Physics

Wednesday 1 June: Information In Cognitive Science Pt. 1

9:30-10:30 Prof. Gualtiero Piccinini: Nonnatural Representation

10:30-11:30 Dr. Mark Sprevak: Information and Representation in Probabilistic Models of Cognition

11:30-12:00 Coffee Break

12:00-13:00 Prof. Oron Shagrir: No Computation without Representation

13:00-14:30 Lunch Break

14:30-15:30 Dr. Ayelet N. Landau: Temporal Structure in Perception and Attention

15:30-16:30 Dr. Nir Fresco and Prof. Eva Jablonka: From Information to Representation: A Teleological Approach

16:30-16:45 Coffee Break

16:45-17:45 Dr. Ronald J. Planer: Evolving a Language of Thought

Thursday 2 June: Information In Cognitive Science Pt. 2

9:30-10:30 Prof. Haim Sompolinsky: Information and Representation in Theories of Brain Sensory Processing

10:30-11:30 Prof. Fred Adams: From information to Cognition

11:30-12:00 Coffee Break

12:00-13:00 Prof. Aaron Sloman: What’s information? An Answer from Physics, Biology, Mind-Science and Philosophy

13:00-17:00 Tour of Jerusalem (including light lunch)

Event date: 
Monday, May 30, 2016 - 07:00 to Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 07:00