16.339 a book and an article

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 16, No. 339.
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       [1] From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk> (48)
             Subject: possibly relevant book on epistemology in science

       [2] From: Arun-Kumar Tripathi (21)
             Subject: Shattered embodiment & technology of Cyberspace

             Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2002 06:56:32 +0000
             From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk>
             Subject: possibly relevant book on epistemology in science

    Kluwer is pleased to announce the publication of the following title:

    Quantum Mechanics, Mathematics, Cognition and Action
    Proposals for a Formalized Epistemology

    edited by

    Mioara Mugur-Schchter
    Centre pour la Synthse d'une pistmologie formalise, Paris, France

    Alwyn van der Merwe
    Dept. of Physics, University of Denver, CO, USA


    The purpose of this book is to initiate a new discipline, namely a
    formalized epistemological method drawn from the cognitive strategies
    practised in the most effective among the modem scientific disciplines, as
    well as from general philosophical thinking. Indeed, what is lacking in
    order to improve our knowledge and our domination of the modes which
    nowadays are available for the generation and communication of knowledge,
    thoroughly and rapidly and with precision and detail? It is a systematic
    explication of the epistemological essence encrypted in the specialized
    languages and algorithms of the major modern scientific approaches, a
    systematic cross-referencing of the explicated results, and a final
    elaboration of a new coherent whole.
    Quantum mechanics, like a diver, can take us down to the level of the very
    first actions of our conceptualization of reality. And starting from there,
    it can induce an explicit understanding of certain fundamental features of
    the new scientific thinking.
    A formalized epistemology should not be mistaken for a crossdisciplinary or
    a multidisciplinary project. The latter projects are designed to offer to
    nonspecialists access to information, to results obtained inside
    specialized disciplines, as well as a certain understanding of these
    results; whereas a formalized epistemology should equip anyone with a
    framework for conceptualizing himself in whatever domain and direction he
    or she might choose. A formalized epistemology should not be mistaken
    either for an approach belonging to the modern cognitive sciences. These
    try to establish as neutrally as possible descriptions of how the human
    body-and-mind work spontaneously when knowledge is generated; whereas a
    method of conceptualization should establish what conceptual-operational
    deliberate procedures have to be applied in order to represent and to
    achieve processes of generation of knowledge optimized accordingly to any
    definite aims.
    This book addresses philosophers of science, physicists, mathematicians,
    logicians, computer scientists, researchers in cognitive sciences, and
    biologists, as well as any intellectual who is interested in scientific and
    philosophical thinking.

    Hardbound ISBN: 1-4020-1120-2 Date: December 2002 Pages: 504 pp.
    EURO 195.00 / USD 191.00 / GBP 123.00

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             Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2002 06:55:28 +0000
             From: Arun-Kumar Tripathi
             Subject: Shattered embodiment & technology of Cyberspace

    Recently during my (re)search of "Embodiment and Cyberspace" I
    found an article on "Shattered embodiment, Cyberspace as Cartesian
    Project" by Dr. Elke Mueller -which I thought might interest to humanist

    In the Western world, we are still proceeding from a Cartesian worldview.

    In the paper "Shattered embodiment: Cyberspace as Cartesian Project" Dr.
    Mueller first illustrates that this dualistic worldview is objectified in
    Virtual Reality technologies. In order to illustrate this, she first
    explains the main ideas of Descartes 'Optics with respect to his vision on
    sense perception, space and the body. Secondly, she compares the described
    topics of Descartes' philosophy with the phenomenological critique and
    alternative of Merleau-Ponty.

    These elaborations will serve as a background for my illustration. She
    distinguishes three kinds of virtual spaces, of which the CAVE seems to
    arouse the strongest kind of Cartesian ruptures, which later she will
    refer to as experiences of "shattered embodiment."

    PS: If anybody wants to read the entire article, then please contact Arun
    Tripathi at <tripathi@mail.waoe.org>

    Any thoughts are most welcome!!

    Sincerely yours,
    Arun Tripathi

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