Category Philosophy of Science

Some Remarks on Heisenberg

Originally posted on The Asifoscope:
In 1969 Werner Heisenberg published an autobiographical book called “Der Teil und das Ganze”[1], a title meaning „The parts and the whole“. The book is partially an autobiography, partially a collection of philosophical dialogs in the tradition of Plato, based on conversations Heisenberg had with several other people, like, for…

Technological Creativity

Technology, from a simple stick or flake of flint to a modern computer or a bio-engineered organism, is part of human culture. At first glance, it seems to be a very controlled part of our culture, but is it? If it was possible to describe human culture completely in terms of a formal theory, the entirety […]

Descriptions and Regularity

Objects in the world can be described by data. Such descriptions can come in different forms: picture and sound files, data base tables representing addresses or measurements, maps or databases representing them (think of navigation devices), descriptive texts and so on. If the structure of an object is complex, this will be mirrored in the […]

Can there be a Science of Art?

Originally posted on The Asifoscope:
My answer to this question is yes and no. And yes again, but with a twist. The normal scientific approach would be to look for a biological basis for art. We are all humans, aren’t we? We have essentially the same biological basis, so there should be a genetic basis…

Laws, Information and History

How is the biological embedded into the physical, the psychological into the biological, the cultural into the psychological? What these different areas have in common is that the properties of objects belonging to them are not only dependent on unchanging laws, but also on the history of the object. The underlying level provides mechanisms of […]

Two Conditions of Extensibility

In my article Changing the Mind I had referred to a certain type of formal theories used within the research paradigm of cognitive science. The argument given there was that theories of cognition formulated in terms of such theories must be incomplete because they can be extended by new information that cannot be derived within the […]

Cognitive Science and Philosophy of Science

In the previous article Changing the Mind I have argued that cognitive systems might be changed by new information they assimilate from the environment and incorporate into their structure. If new procedures and representations can arise in the mind, the original structures might completely fall into disuse. So it is possible that there is no […]