8.0121 Computing and Philosophy Conference (1/231)

Wed, 27 Jul 1994 20:19:06 EDT

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 8, No. 0121. Wednesday, 27 Jul 1994.

Date: Wed, 27 Jul 1994 12:51:17 -0700
From: traiger@oxy.edu (Saul Traiger)
Subject: Computing and Philosophy Conference Program

Ninth Annual

and Philosophy (CAP) Conference

August 10-13, 1994

Occidental College

Wednesday, August 10th

6-7 pm Reception

7-8 pm Special Presentation: Saul Traiger, Occidental College
Surfing the Internet in the 90's

Thursday, August 11th

8:00 - 9:00 am Coffee

9:00 - 10:00 Opening and Keynote Address
Chair: Jim Moor

Mark Bedau (Reed College) The Philosophical Implications of
Artificial Life

10:00 - 11:10 Session I: Philosophy and Artificial Intelligence
Chair: Mark Bedau (Reed College)

Selmer Bringsjord (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) - Are People
Infinite Computers?

Ricardo Flores (University of California, San Diego) - Proposed
Philosophical Framework for the Search of and
Development of Artificial Intelligence

11:10 - 11:20 Break

11:20 - 12:00 pm Session II Teaching Ethics Using Multimedia
Chair: Terry Bynum

Robert Cavalier (Carnegie-Mellon University) - Teaching Ethics
and Aesthetics Using Multimedia

12:00 - 1:30 Lunch

1:30 - 2:40 Session III The Information Superhighway
Chair: Fred Portoraro

E. A. Laidlaw-Johnson (Wells College) - The Ethics of Information
Transfer in the Electronic Age: Scholars Beware!

Victoria White & Mzamo Mangaliso (University of Massachusetts)
Societal Ramifications of the "Information
Highway" segment of the Clinton AdministrationTechnology

2:40 - 3:00 Break

3:00 - 4:30 Session IV Computing and Logic
Chair Martin Fricke (University of Otago)

James Bode (Ohio State Univesity) - ArguDraw

Fred Portoraro (University of Toronto) - Fitch-style Peano
Arithmetic with Symlog

4:30 - 5:30 Software Fair

Friday, August 12th

8:00 am - 9:00 Coffee

9:00 - 10:00 Keynote Address
Chair: Saul Traiger

Brian Skyrms (University of California, Irvine) - Sex and
Justice: Computer Models of Evolutionary Dynamics

10:00 - 11:10 Session V New Perspectives on the Turing Test
Chair: R. Sadananda (Asian Institute of Technology)

Chris Hables Gray (Oregon State University) - Rethinking the
Turing Test

Jim Moor (Dartmouth College) - The Turing Test and Virtual

11:10 - 11:20 Break

11:20 - 12:00 pm Session VI Computer Ethics
Chair: Robert Cavalier

Terry Bynum (Southern Connecticut State Univ.) - Interactive
Multimedia Courses In Computer Ethics

12:00 - 1:30 Lunch

1:30 - 2:40 Session VII Analogies, Aethestics, and Actions
Chair: Selmer Bringsjord

Bill Stubblefield (Dartmouth College) - Metaphor and the
Semantics of Embedded Action

Larry Short (Chadron State College) - Recursive Semiosis

2:40 - 3:00 Break

3:00 - 4:10 Session VIII Language and Beliefs
Chair: Terry Bynum (Southern Connecticut State Univ.)
Leke Adeofe & Busby Attoh-Okine (Florida International
University) - A Belief-Function Framework Approach to the
Evidential Problem of Evil

Leona Fass - On the Verification of a Grammar as "Correct"

4:15 - 5:00 Software Fair

Saturday, August 13th

9:30 - 10:40 am Session IX Taming The Electronic Frontier
Chair, Marvin Croy (University of North Carolina, Charlotte)

Peter Barnett (John Jay College) - Searching for a Common Clock

Charles Mudd (Purdue University) - An Equitable Criminal Policy
for the Electronic Frontier

10:40 - 11:30 Business meeting

Conference Location on Campus: The conference will be meeting at
the Mosher Auditorium every day. Fowler
301 will be used during the conference for the software faire.

Meals, Theatre and Banquet:

A light buffet breakfast will take place Thursday, Friday and
Saturday morning, from 8 to 9 a.m.
Information about dining in the vicinity of campus (walking
distance) and environs will be provided at
registration. We hope to provide shuttle bus service to Old Town

On-campus meals can be purchased in the north dining hall,
upstairs Freeman Union as follows:
Lunch weekdays and weekends 11:00-1:00 p.m.
Cost $6.60 plus tax
Dinner weekdays 5:00-6:30 p.m.; weekends
5:00-6:00 p.m.
Cost $8.15 plus tax
A brunch is served on Sundays only from 10:30
- 11:30; cost $7.50 plus tax

Free tickets are available for summer evening performances of the
Occidental College Summer Theater
Festival as follows: (Please contact Carolyn Adams if you are

Friday, August 12, "The Fantasticks"
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: The Keck Theater

Saturday, August 13. "Charley's Aunt"
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: The Remsen Bird Hillside Theater

On Thursday evening, August 11, there will be a conference
barbecue banquet located in the College
Faculty Club. Cost is $16.50/person. Please contact Carolyn
Adams as soon as possible if you are
interested in attending. You can also sign up for the barbecue
at the registration desk.

Reaching Occidental College:

Los Angeles International Airport and the Burbank Airport have
shuttle services available
from the airport to the college or to nearby hotels. Shuttle
telephones are located as you exit the check-
out areas of the airport. There are a number of different
shuttle services available, i.e. SuperShuttle,
Prime Time, L.A. Xpress, etc. Service and prices are pretty much
the same. Shuttle service from LAX
to Oxy is about $23.00; Burbank to Oxy $17.00.

The Occidental campus is readily accessible by car on a number of
freeways. Directions for several
routes can be found in the enclosed Guide.






E-Mail Address_________________________

Early registration is $75. Registrations postmarked after July
31st are $90. Student registration is $25. Registration fees are
waived for attendees from areas outside the continental US and
Canada who come specifically for the conference. Make checks
payable to 'Occidental College.' E-mail registrations (to
traiger@oxy.edu) received before August 1st may pay the early
registration rate at the door.

Accommodations are provided through Occidental College's
Conference Services. Dormitory rooms are available for all
participants at the rate of $30 per person per night, single
occupancy, $25 per person, per night, double occupancy. To
guarantee a room in the dorm, please call or write Carolyn
Adams, Department of Philosophy, Occidental College, 1600 Campus
Road, Los Angeles, CA 90041, (213) 259-2792, e-mail:
caradams@oxy.edu, by July 15, 1994. A conference rate of $108
per night is available at the nearby Doubletree Hotel in
Pasadena. Call (818) 792-2727 and mention the Computing and
Philosophy Conference at Occidental College.

Registration forms and checks should be sent to Saul Traiger,
Department of Philosophy, Occidental College, 1600 Campus Road,
Los Angeles, CA 90041. Programs and logistical information will
be mailed to all those who register early. For more information
about the conference, contact Saul Traiger at (213) 259-2901 or

Special note (7/27/94): Dorm space is still available.