Symposium ``Images, reason and reasoning''
Co-organized by the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Paris
and Keio University of Tokyo
- Date, location:
- March 15th (Monday), Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris.
This workshop intends to
set a forum for people in different fields
to discuss cognitive aspects of reasoning, with the focus
on the relation between the visual cognition and
the inference activities. Some geometrical reasoning
in mathematics is considered a typical example of high-level
although it has close interactions
with linguistic or logical (in the traditional sense) reasoning.
into such a high-level reasoning (eg. Husserl's phenomenological
study of the Origin of Geometry) seem important.
Reasoning or decision-making of the behaviors of
small children and animals also may be counted as examples
of non-linguistic reasoning in a wider sense where the visual and other
cognitions are basic for the reasoning or decision-making.
The linguistic or symbolic reasoning also require
We plan set a forum among mathematicians, cognitive scientists,
philosophers, logicians, animal behavioral psychologists, neuro-scientists,
computer scientists and
other scientists to discuss the cognitions and reasoning, with a special
attention on the visual cognition-based inferences, including high-level
(such as mathematical) aspects, the low-level (such
as animal behaviors) aspects and the computational aspect.
- the meeting is jointly planned by the seminar ``Philosophie et Mathématiques'' de l'Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris, the CENECC, Centre d'Etudes des Systèmes Complexes et de la Cognition (Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris) and the CIRM, Center for Integrated Research on the Mind (Keio University, Tokyo).
- 45 minutes talk followed by 15 minutes of a responding comment and discussion.
- 9h15 Introduction to the meeting, Giuseppe Longo and Mitsu Okada.
- 9h30 am Ludwig Huber, Associate Professor, Institute of Zoology, University of Vienna: ``Pictorial and relational categories in animals''.
Discussion: Shigeru Watanabe (Psychology, Keio University).
- 10h30 Dominique Lestel, Maitre de Conférences, Department of Cognitive Studies, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris: `` Topological apes, geometrical
birds and other etho-mathematical puzzles''.
Discussion: Bernard Teissier (CNRS and Institute of Mathematics,Paris-VII).
- 11h30 Barbara Tversky, Professor, Department of Psychology,
Standford University: ``Cognitive principles of graphic displays''.
Discussion: Mitsuhiro Okada and Pierre Grialou (Philosophy and Logic, Keio University).
- 12h30-2h00 pm: lunch break.
- 2h00 pm Bernard Teissier, Professor, Jussieu Institute of Mathematics,
Paris-VII University: ``Examples of pictural reasonings in algebra and
Discussion: Giuseppe Longo (Computer Science, ENS).
- 3h00 Dieter Lohmar, Professor of Philosophy, Husserl Archives, University
of Cologne: ``The function of weak phantasma in human and animal visual perception''.
Discussion: Jocelyn Benoist (CNRS and Philosophy, ENS).
- 4h00-5h30 pm Continuation of the debate with the speakers and respondants, followed by a discussion session for interdisciplinary collaborative research.
- Mitsuhiro Okada, mitsu at abelard.flet.keio.ac.jp and
Giuseppe Longo, longo at di.ens.fr
- Pierre Grialou, grialou at abelard.flet.keio.ac.jp