Emergic Memories: A Model of Emergent Properties

Leibovitz, D. P. (2009) Emergic Memories: A Model of Emergent Properties. Poster presented at the Cognitive Science Spring Conference of Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. [doi10.13140/RG.2.1.3005.8722]

Leibovitz (2009) Emergic Memories- A Model of Emergent PropertiesAbstract:

  • In physics, there is no mystery behind emergence (Crane 2001). Explanatory bridges between levels of analysis are mostly complete. Emergence is considered as “weak” and the a-priori unpredictability of these bridges is considered an epistemological problem – not ontological. It is noteworthy that the current analytical toolset of physics is based on behaviours and continuous change – a process metaphysics (PM).
  • In cognition, their are no accepted bridges between the mental and physical divide and “strong” ontological versions of emergence remain viable. Without empirical support, rational thought has produced a proliferating plethora of possible flavours and sources of emergence. It is noteworthy that the analytical tradition of cognition is based on static  substances with properties  – a substance metaphysics (SM).
  • Purpose of the Emergic Memory Model
    • Ground debate in simple (yet empirically real) parts, wholes & relations
    • Basis for comparison and discussion among competing hypotheses
    • Generate new insights and hypothesis
      • Emergence is due to epistemological incompleteness and objectification errors
    • Based on change, yet has substance-like properties
      • A substance/process metaphysics hybrid
      • The locus of emergic debate?



Leibovitz, D. P. (2009) Metaphysics. Lecture given to the “FYSM 1400: Cognition: A Scientific Exploration of the Mind” class. Carleton University, pp. 1-2, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. [doi: 10.13140/RG.2.1.2391.8563] (pdf)

Abstract: Introduces the importance of metaphysics (and philosophy) to cognitive science.



Cognition Requires Philosophy: Towards Unity (talk)

Leibovitz, D. P. (2009) Cognition Requires Philosophy: Towards Unity. Talk presented at Carleton University, pp. 1-73, Ottawa, Canada. [doi: 10.13140/RG.2.1.2989.4889]

Leibovitz (2009) Cognition Requires PhilosophyAbstract: Even within the interdisciplinary field of Cognitive Science, philosophy is often ignored by non-philosophers. David will argue that in order for cognitive science to advance towards a united view of the mind, philosophy must be taken more seriously. However, philosophy too must work towards unity and a language of discourse more accessible to non-philosophers. David will discuss the relation between Philosophy and Science and how the special needs of Cognition are not being met.