University of Pittsburgh
November 17, 1998


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PITTSBURGH, Nov. 18 -- Is the process of thinking dominated by visual images in the mind's eye, and if so, what roles do the rest of the senses play when we use our imaginations? These and other subjects of the mind will be the focus of a discussion sponsored by the Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh, Nov. 20, 3:30 p.m., 817R Cathedral of Learning.

The talk, titled "Systematicity II," will be given by Robert Cummins of the Philosophy Department at the University of California at Davis. Cummins' research focuses on the foundations of psychology, mental representation and

learning in neural networks. He is the author of "The Nature of Psychological Explanation," "Meaning and Mental Representation" and "Representations, Targets and Attitudes," all from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press. Cummins is currently studying incremental learning in neural networks under a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Pitt's Center for Philosophy of Science hosts visiting scholars from all over the world. The center is devoted to a deeper understanding of the nature of science and the sciences. For more information on this talk and other center activities see the website at [].