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 event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS: What is/was logic? 3-7 April 2013, Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL


The upcoming Universal logic (Unilog) congress, taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (3-7 April 
2013, http://uni-log.org/start4.html ), will be hosting a special session on the scope of logic 
through history: "What is/was logic? Historical perspectives"

organizers: Catarina Dutilh Novaes and Amirouche Moktefi. The keynote speaker is Anita Feferman.

Throughout most of the history of Western philosophy, there has been a closely related (sub-) 
discipline called 'logic'. However, the common name should not conceal the marked differences 
among what counted as logic at different times. In other words, despite the stable name, logic 
as a discipline is not characterized by a stable scope throughout its history. 
True enough, the historical influence of Aristotelian logicover the centuries is something of a 
common denominator, but even within the Aristotelian tradition there is significant variability. 
Furthermore, as is well known, in the 19th century logic as a discipline underwent a radical 
modification, with the birth of mathematical logic. The current situation is of logic having 
strong connections with multiple disciplines

-- philosophy, mathematics, computer science, linguistics -- which again illustrates its 
multifaceted nature.

The changing scope of logic through its history also has important philosophical implications: is 
there such a thing as the essence of logic, permeating all these different developments? Or is 
the unity of logic as a discipline an illusion? What can the study of the changing scope of logic 
through its history tell us about the nature of logic as such? What do the different languages 
used for logical inquiry -- regimented natural languages, diagrams, logical formalisms -- mean 
for the practices and results obtained?


This special UNILOG session will focus on both the diversity and the unity of logic through time. 
Topics may include: - Historical analyses on what specific logicians or logic traditions considered
to be the nature and scope of logic. - Historical analyses illustrating differences in scope and 
techniques with respect to the current conception of logic, but also suggesting points of contact
and commonalities between these past traditions and current developments (possibly by means of 
- Historical and philosophical discussions on the place of logic among the sciences and its 
applications/relations with other disciplines, now and then. - Discussions of the logical monism 
vs. logical pluralism issue in view of the historical diversity/unity of logic over time. 
- General philosophical reflections on what (if anything) the diversity of scope and practice 
in the history of logic can tell us about the nature of logic and the role of universal logic 
as such.

Abstracts for this special session (around 1000 words) should be submitted by email to history.
unilog2013@gmail.com  by November 1st 2012

Further inquiries can also be directed to this email address or to one of the organizers.