The Cybernetics of Cognition.
Final rept. 1 Apr-1 Aug 86,
RHODE ISLAND UNIV KINGSTON PASTORE CHEMICAL LAB
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In the framework of the Gordon Research Conferences of the Gordon Research Center, University of Rhode Island, Kigston, RI, an interdisciplinary and international conference on cognitive processes, with about 1200 participants of 12 countries from 3 continents, was held from June 8 to June 13, 1986, at the Brewster Academie in Wolfboro, NH, Because of the lack of a comprehensive understanding of the multifaceted problem of the phenomenon of cognition which is, at present, approached from different perspectives by biologists, computer scientists, linguists, logicians, mathematicians, neurophysiologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, sociologists, etc., the conceptual bridges offered by cybernetics were taken as an integrating strategy. In 9 sessions 24 speakers presented their ideas that served as openers for intensive, lively, and clarifying discussions. After one or two days of overcoming crossdisciplinary difficulties in communicating, the conference sailed along under favorable winds. In the remaining days almost all participants felt that by their comments and contributions they were successful catalysts in facilitating constructive reactions and generals convergence. As one of the consequences of this sense of satisfaction it appears that the Gordon Research Center may host again a conference on cybernetics with an emphasis on an applied epistemology to be chaired by Messrs. Ernst von Glasersfeld and Paul Pangaro. Author