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Minds and Machines

Minds and Machines

Journal for Artificial Intelligence, Philosophy and Cognitive Science

Editor-in-Chief: Maria R. Taddeo

ISSN: 0924-6495 (print version)
ISSN: 1572-8641 (electronic version)

Journal no. 11023

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Forthcoming Special Issues

Special Issue: Computation and Representation in Cognitive Neuroscience

Guest Editor: Gualtiero Piccinini, University of Missouri – St. Louis
Deadline for paper submissions: January 31, 2017
Introduction:
Cognitive neuroscientists routinely explain cognition in terms of neural computations over neural representations. Yet some critics argue that cognitive neuroscience does not need the notions of neural computation and representations or, worse, that these notions are untenable. Whether or not the critics are correct, the notions of neural representation and neural computation remain insufficiently understood. There is no consensus on how to construe these notions and how to relate them to the notions of computation and representation used in other disciplines (including psychology and computer science), to neural mechanisms, or to intentionality. This special issue will push the debate forward on these debates.

Special Issue: Causality in the Sciences of the Mind and Brain

Guest Editors: Lise Marie Andersen,Jonas Fogedgaard Christensen, Samuel Schindler, Asbjørn Steglich-Petersen (Aarhus University)
Deadline for paper submissions: February 5, 2017
Introduction:
This special issue will focus on causality in the sciences of the mind and brain. Included in these sciences are psychology, psychiatry, neuroscience and cognitive neuroscience.
Currently, these areas of research develop with an immense speed and the borders of disciplines are constantly negotiated. New disciplines that integrate experimental traditions from significantly different established scientific fields see the light of day (cognitive neurosciences are all examples of these). This development highlights questions about causality — questions about how conceptions of causality play a role in experimental methods and scientific categorization. The questions that this issue will address include: What characterizes the notion of causation in the sciences of the mind and brain? Are different notions required for different sciences or experimental methods?
Are there differences in the notions that are explicitly and implicitly assumed in the methods employed? What counts as causal evidence in these sciences? What role is played by information of interventions and physical mechanisms in identifying causal claims in the sciences of the mind and brain?
Submissions are invited from authors with different backgrounds. All submissions must address the issue of causality and must engage with the sciences.

Special Issue: What is a computer?

Guest Editors: István S. N. Berkeley, Ph.D, The University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Deadline for paper submissions: September 30, 2017
Introduction:
Computers have become almost ubiquitous. We find them at our places of work, and even on our persons, in the form of 'smart phones' and tablets. Around twenty years ago, The Monist published the contributions from several philosophers on the question, “What is a computer?”. Yet a robust, philosophically adequate conception of what actually constitutes a computer still remains lacking. The purpose of this special issue is to address this question and explore closely related topics.
This is an important task, as a robust and nuanced idea (or ideas) of what a computer is will help inform the development of laws and regulations concerning computational technology. It will also shed light upon questions about whether certain biological artifacts, like the human brain, should be considered computational. A philosophically sophisticated analysis of the issues will also help with the evaluation of future technological developments and assessing their potential risks and benefits. Thus, papers on a broad range of relevant topics are welcome.

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    Minds and Machines affords an international forum for the discussion and debate of important and controversial issues concerning significant developments within its areas of editorial focus. Well-reasoned contributions from diverse theoretical perspectives are welcome and every effort will be made to ensure their prompt publication. Among the features that make this journal distinctive within the field are these:

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    Machines and Mentality - Knowledge and Its Representation - Epistemic Aspects of Computer Programming - Connectionist Conceptions - Artificial Intelligence and Epistemology - Computer Methodology - Computational Approaches to Philosophical Issues - Philosophy of Computer Science - Simulation and Modelling - Ethical Aspects of Artificial Intelligence.
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