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One major fault line in foundational theories of cognition is between the so-called “representational” and “non-representational” theories. Is it possible to formulate an intermediate approach for a foundational theory of cognition by defining a conception of representation that may bridge the fault line? Such an account of representation, as well as an account of correspondence semantics, is offered here. The account extends previously developed agent-based pragmatic theories of semantic information, where meaning of an information state is defined by its interface role, to a theory that accommodates a notion of representation and correspondence semantics. It is argued that the account can be used to develop an intermediate approach to cognition, by showing that the major sources of tension between “representational” and “non-representational” theories may be eased.


The phenomenon of digital computation is explained (often differently) in computer science, computer engineering and more broadly in cognitive science. Although the semantics and implications of malfunctions have received attention in the philosophy of biology and philosophy of technology, errors in computational systems remain of interest only to computer science. Miscomputation has not gotten the philosophical attention it deserves. Our paper fills this gap by offering a taxonomy of miscomputations...

This short presentation for Youtube Channel "Computerphile" has just been released. Two more episodes to come...

This one is on Hyperhistory and Cyberwar and it lasts less than 6 minutes. Getting better at getting shorter 8-)

Hyper History and Cyber War - Computerphile

Review of "Information and living systems: Philosophical and scientific perspectives." (George Terzis and Robert Arp, eds.) by Barton Moffatt published in Metascience 22(2): 379–382.

doi: 10.1007/s11016-013-9803-5

Review of Luciano Floridi's "The Philosophy of Information" by Mike Dunn, published in Metascience 22(1): 93–98.

doi: 10.1007/s11016-012-9679-9

Acta Biotheoretica

June 2013, Volume 61, Issue 2, pp 203-222
Living is Information Processing: From Molecules to Global Systems
Keith D. Farnsworth, John Nelson, Carlos Gershenson

We extend the concept that life is an informational phenomenon, at every level of organisation, from molecules to the global ecological system. According to this thesis: (a) living is information processing, in which memory is maintained by both molecular states and ecological states as well as the more obvious nucleic acid coding; (b) this information processing has one overall function—to perpetuate itself; and (c) the processing method is filtration (cognition) of, and synthesis of, information at lower levels to appear at higher levels in complex systems (emergence).

Forthcoming in Synthese

Preprint at:

In this article, I define and then defend the principle of information closure (PIC) against a sceptical objection similar to the one discussed by Dretske in relation to the principle of epistemic closure. If I am successful, given that PIC is equivalent to the axiom of distribution and that the latter is one of the conditions that discriminate between normal and non-normal modal logics, a main result of such a defence is that one potentially good reason to look for a formalization of the logic of “S is informed that p” among the non-normal modal logics, which reject the axiom, is also removed. [...]

In the Philosophy of Information, the connection between Information and Bayesian probability is a well-established topic (e.g. 1, 2). This freely available book offers the opportunity to explore hands-on the relationship between Bayesian methods and probabilistic programming. This is not the typical textbook for Philosophers but worth exploring assuming prior skills in programming. 

What is Visualization Really for?

Min Chen, Luciano Floridi, Rita Borgo
(Submitted on 24 May 2013)


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