Updates

  • Wrote paper with Blay for “What Makes Us Moral?” conference in Amsterdam at month’s end and submitted it to the conference website. Presented the paper at a seminar here for last-minute feedback before submission.
  • Re-wrote Chapter 5 of my thesis “The Limits of Concepts and Conceptual Abilities” into a standalone paper for a course I’m attending of the SweCog National Research School in Cognitive Science. Planning to submit it somewhere by month’s end.
  • Doctoral thesis went lost in the (registered) post. So far neither Sweden nor the UK want to claim responsibility. Annoying as this may complicate my pay-grade change to postdoc status (seriously). Did I mention that the first time the bookbinders bound my thesis, they got my name wrong? 😛

Joel

Informatics_paics Updates

  • Collected my bound thesis from the bookbinders on Monday and posted it to Sussex: pretty much the last thing I have to do before I officially have earned my degree!
  • Finished a first re-write of the paper I presented at Toward a Science of Consciousness – Stockholm, hoping to submit in the next few weeks (on the limits of concepts and conceptual abilities).
  • Engaging in some email discussions with Blay and a philosopher here in Lund about compatibilism.
  • Assisting Göran Sonesson with comments on a paper he is submitting, on the ability of chimpanzees to interpret different semiotic resources.
  • Making painfully slow progress on the paper I need to write (so I can present!) at the What Makes Us Moral? conference in Amsterdam later this month.

Joel

Updates

  • Finished my thesis corrections and sent them (unofficially) to the examiners. Still waiting on the formal notification from the university of the examiners’ recommendation / official list of and timetable for corrections, which I gather is now in the post.
  • Invited for talk in Skövde for a psychology course on cognitive neuroscience (not exactly my area, I admit).
  • Need to prepare talks for Toward a Science of Consciousness – Stockholm and the Nordic Association for Semiotic Studies, both at the start of May.
  • Abstract accepted for poster at ASSC/Kyoto, but the expense doesn’t justify attending. Likewise I had a paper accepted for a short presentation at the Scandanavian Association for AI but ran out of time to re-format it to their needs, so again won’t be attending.

Joel

Updates

  • Last week I attended a course on concepts hosted by SweCog (the National Research School in Cognitive Science). It was interesting, to say the least, to see my thesis subject matter presented back to me in a very different format by people from very different backgrounds to my own.
  • This week I am proofreading like mad: in particular, Paulina Lindström’s doctoral thesis investigating mathematical problem solving and the precise moment when subjects understand the problem.
  • I have finally, I think!, seen the last of the back-and-forth questions about my extended mind paper, which will be appearing in Teorema in, I think, May.
  • I need to get started on my half-dozen thesis corrections. They shouldn’t take long to crank out; I just haven’t had any time.

As always, there are various things I should be working on getting published, and I am behind on my reading. 🙂 Hope to be back for a visit sometime next term!

Joel

Updates

  • Assisting with preparations for the European Epistemology Network meeting here in Lund in March.
  • Peer reviewer on an extended mind paper and needing to finish re-writing mine by Monday. 🙂
  • Proofreading again for Prof. Gärdenfors: a paper titled “The Evolution of Semantics”.
  • Sent Jordan (Zlatev, my project supervisor) some notes that could be the starting point for a joint paper on his idea of a semiotic hierarchy, attempting to reconstruct a phylogenetic story for meaning/concepts/representations/signs.

Joel

updates

  • Just found out this morning that my paper for TSC-Stockholm was bumped up from a poster presentation to a concurrent talk (“phenomenology/content”). This means I am now planning to attend.
  • Volunteered to serve again on the board for the Philosophy Society (“Filosofiska Föreningen”) again for the coming year.
  • Read a book chapter highly relevant to Blay’s E-I talk today, written by a retired lecturer from the department (who sent it to me because it’s also relevant to my “extended mind” paper).

Joel

updates

  • Asked to do peer review on another paper on the extended mind for Philosophical Psychology.
  • Part of annual research review process at Centre for Cognitive Semiotics (CCS), reporting back to the grant providers.
  • Engaged in extensive email discussions with other members of CCS about the nature of metaphor and the literal/metaphorical distinction.

Joel