Harold Cohen

Harold Cohen, tireless computer art pioneer dies at 87   Harold Cohen at the Tate (1983) Aaron image in background   Harold Cohen died at 87 in his studio on 27th April 2016 in Encintias California, USA.The first time I hear...


Dancing with Pixies?...

At TEDx Tottenham, London Mark Bishop (the former chair of the Society) demonstrates that if the ongoing EU flagship science project - the 1.6 billion dollar "Human Brain Project” - ultimately succeeds in understanding all as...


Computerised Minds. ...

A video sponsored by the society discusses Searle's Chinese Room Argument (CRA) and the heated debates surrounding it. In this video, which is accessible to the general public and those with interest in AI, Olly's Philosophy Tube ...


Erden in AI roundtab...

On Friday 4th September, philosopher and AISB member Dr Yasemin J Erden, participated in an AI roundtable at Second Home, hosted by Index Ventures and SwiftKey.   Joining her on the panel were colleagues from academia and indu...


AISB Convention 2016

The AISB Convention is an annual conference covering the range of AI and Cognitive Science, organised by the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour. The 2016 Convention will be held at the Uni...


Bishop and AI news

Stephen Hawking thinks computers may surpass human intelligence and take over the world. This view is based on the ideology that all aspects of human mentality will eventually be realised by a program running on a suitable compu...


Connection Science

All individual members of The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour have a personal subscription to the Taylor Francis journal Connection Science as part of their membership. How to Acce...


Al-Rifaie on BBC

AISB Committee member and Research Fellow at Goldsmiths, University of London, Dr Mohammad Majid al-Rifaie was interviewed by the BBC (in Farsi) along with his colleague Mohammad Ali Javaheri Javid on the 6 November 2014. He was a...


AISB YouTube Channel

The AISB has launched a YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/AISBTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/AISBTube). The channel currently holds a number of videos from the AISB 2010 Convention. Videos include the AISB round t...



AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

Two PhD student positions in philosophy (philosophy of physics, logic), Rotterdam, THE NETHERLANDS

Faculty of Philosophy
Erasmus University Rotterdam
The Netherlands

Two Phd Positions available for the philosophical project:
The Structure of Reality and the Reality of Structure
This project in philosophy (philosophy of physics, metaphysics, logic, philosophy of science) seeks to
develop a comparably novel answer to the venerable ontological question of what there fundamentally
is and what ontologically grounds everything else. The project is guided by two theses:

(A) The metaphysical thesis of Structuralism, according to which all that exists, everything there is,
either is structure or is ontologically grounded in structure; and

(B) The epistemic thesis that our scientific knowledge about what there fundamentally is and what
ontologically grounds everything else ?? which knowledge is stored in a few well-confirmed modern
physical theories (quantum mechanics, quantum field theory, the special and the general theory of
relativity) ?? is structural, aka structural realism.

PhD project 1: Theory and Truth of Structure
In collaboration with the post-doc (and the catalytic leader of the project, F.A. Muller), a rigorous
theory needs to be constructed that takes the concept of structure and its features as primitives, as
well as an axiomatic truth theory for this novel theory of structure, which should be the formal side of
a structuralist truth-maker theory.
Requirements: masters philosophy, knowledge of logic, philosophy of science and metaphysics;
enthusiasm for the project.

PhD project 2: Ontic Ruptures in 20th Century Physics
Structural realists claim that structure is by and large preserved during ontic ruptures in the history of
physics, and that epistemic progress generally resides, not in trading in structures wholesale, but in
refining and extending known structures. The project consists in performing two elaborate case
studies, one of the Quantum Revolution and the other of the Relativity Revolution, with the aim to
find out whether the claims of structural realism are true or false. Ideally the findings of PhD project 1
will be used in this project.

Requirements: masters philosophy, knowledge of philosophy of science, of (mathematical)
physics and philosophy of physics; enthusiasm for the project.
There is ample room in the 1st year of appointment for acquiring additional knowledge to execute
these projects successfully. You will be a member of research group of four members: the two PhD?s,
one post-doc and the leader of the pack, dr F.A. Muller.
Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities
(CAO-NU). Indication monthly salary (gross figures, tax is about one third): 2.1 kE, 2.4 kE (2nd
year), 2.5 kE (3rd), 2.7 kE (4th). Candidate's performance is evaluated after 18 months and if

positive, the contract is extended for 2.5 years.
Intended starting date: 1 September 2013.
Deadline for applications (CV and grades included): 1 May 2013.
Send to: f.a.muller@fwb.eur.nl [as PDF, all in a single file].
Same e-address for more information whenever needed.