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Lector dr. Gabriel Vacariu

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“I am not doing philosophy.
I am not doing science.
I am doing something beyond philosophy and science.“
(Gabriel Vacariu)

  • My book “Epistemologically different worlds” (2008) have been mentioned on Wikipedia.org webpage: “Counterfactual definiteness” (Categories: “Quantum measurement”) at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Counterfactual_definiteness
  • (2014) “More troubles with cognitive neuroscience. Einstein’s theory of relativity and the hyperverse”(125,000 words) (Full text PDF)


In the book (2012) “Cognitive neuroscience versus epistemologically different worlds”, I investigated some important problems of cognitive neuroscience. In this book (2014), I points out more troubles of cognitive neuroscience: spatial cognition, the best achievements in cognitive neuroscience in the last 3 years (the fMRI experiments of Gallant’s team), multisensory integration, endogenous brain activity, default network, and the relationship between micro-neuronal level, macro-neuronal level, oscillations and cognition. The general conclusion of these two works (2012 and 2014) is that cognitive neuroscience is a pseudo-science. The last chapter of this book (2014) is about Einstein’s (special and general) theory of relativity and the hyperverse. (Appendix: “Did Markus Gabriel (Bonn University) plagiarize my ideas?”)

  • “Have no fear of perfection, you will never reach it.” (Salvador Dali)
    Nevertheless, perfection is reached when your philosophical work is plagiarized by a professor of philosophy from a German university.
    “Did Markus Gabriel plagiarized my ideas?” (Gabriel Vacariu, Philosophy, University of Bucharest)(.pdf)
    About the same topic, see also Youtube clip
    In this clip, Gabriel Vacariu (Philosophy, Bucharest University) analyzes the UNBELIEVABLE similarities between the ideas from his works (2005, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012) and Markus Gabriel’s ideas (Bonn University) from his book published in 2013 and his TED clip (at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzvesGB_TI0), also 2013.
    At the webpage dedicated to Markus Gabriel, Wikipedia (Germany) inform the reader that about the fact that Gabriel Vacariu blames Markus Gabriel of plagiarizing his ideas (last section “Kontroverse”): http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Markus_Gabriel
    Because the EDWs perspective is such a great change in the history of human thinking, I am convinced other people will plagiarize my ideas. However, “the distance between the pioneers and the much smaller followers becomes so great that the latter cannot reach the former; the age of servile imitation begins – yet not of nature, but of the style of the great masters, zealous copyists remove the labels from the elixirs of the Magi and put them on their vials”. (Arnold Gehlen, Images of time) The Internet saves me and the “zelous copyists” have to be aware that the history of humanity does not forgive the plagiarists!
  • 04.12.2013, presentation “The world vs. epistemologically different worlds”, Department of Philosophy, Bucharest University. See this presentation on Youtube: Part 1 and Part 2.In this clip, I present my Epistemologically Different Worlds (EDWs) perspective. In other works (2005, 2008, 2011, 2012), I tried to illustrate that the greatest illusion of human knowledge surviving from the oldest times is the notion of „world”, of „uni-verse” or as he called it, the „unicorn world”. The main mistake that led to the creation of the unicorn world is that we, the human beings, believed (consciously or not) that we were the only observers of the “world”. As a result, Gods, all beings (humans with their mind, brains and bodies, and plants, cells, microbes, animals) and all objects (tables, stones and planets, electrons, waves and fields) have been placed within the same world, the unique world, the uni-verse. He replaces the “world” with EDWs. The tables (and all macro-objects) belong to the same EW (macro-EW), the electrons and protons belong to micro-EW, while the mind is an EW, the brain and the body or the wave and the microparticle, organism and life belong to (or are) EDWs. All great philosophical problems (mind-brain problem) and all quantum problems (entanglement, non-locality, etc.) are pseudo-problems. (For all these pseudo-problems, see my other works at this page) See also this pdf text.

 

Work in progress

In my previous books (“Cognitive neuroscience vs. epistemologically different worlds”, 2012 and “More troubles in cognitive neuroscience”, 2014) I showed that cognitive neuroscience is a pseudo-science. In the last months, I have worked on the application of my theory to Einstein’s theory of relativity. Therefore, in the appendix of the last book (2014), I furnished the hyperontological foundation of the special and the general theory of relativity. In my five books, applying the EDWs perspective to the problems from various special sciences (cognitive (neuro)science, physics, and biology), I argued that many major (and eternal) philosophical (including great scientific) problems are pseudo-problems constructed within the unicorn world, the “world” that does not even exist.

Many problems from cognitive neuroscience cannot be solved if we do not have a clear definition of the “I”, self. However, the “I” (subjectivity, self, the implicit (not only the explicit) knowledge) is unexplained yet. For disentangling this unique problem, the “I”, the self, I will elaborated a new framework with the following steps: (1) The “epistemologically different worlds” perspective (2) The knowledge from my books (especially the last two books about cognitive neuroscience) (3) Kant’s view about self within my EDWs framework (4) Some approaches about the “I” elaborated by different authors (Gallangher, Zahavi, Metzinger, Northoff, Hauskeller, Legrand, Damasio, etc.) investigated within the EDWs view. The “I”/the self, self-consciousness, self-representation, first-person perspective (related to spatial cognition), the “correlations” between self and the brain, etc. will be investigated within this new framework.

 

Editor of issues

(2013) Gabriel Vacaru and Mihai Vacariu (eds.), “The mind-body problem in cognitive neuroscience”, Philosophia Scientiae 17/2 (Nancy-Universite/France). Authors of this issue: William Bechtel, Rolls T. Edmund, Cees van Leeuwen, Kari Theurer and John Bickle, Bernard Andrieu, Corey Maley and Gualtiero Piccinini, Paula Droege, and Gabriel Vacariu and Mihai Vacariu. Abstracts of all articles (pdf)
http://poincare.univ-nancy2.fr/PhilosophiaScientiae/Regular+issues/?contentId=9725#1

(2001) M. Vacariu, E. T. Rolls, G. Vacariu, (eds), “Representations”, Synthese 129/2 (Kluwer, Boston) (ISI) Authors of this issue: Edmund T. Rolls (Oxford University); Kim Plunkett (Oxford University); Peter Mcleod (Oxford University), David Plaut and Tim Shallice; K. Rantala (University of Tampere); Michael Wheeler (Oxford University); Radu Bogdan (Tulaine University); Ilie Parvu (Bucharest University); Gabriel Vacariu, Dalia Terhesiu and Mihai Vacariu (http://www.springerlink.com/content/w4k0qhywlvv4/?p=a343fc99dadd48209134de
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(2013) Philosophia Scientiae 17/2 (France)
(cover and content PDF)
(2001) Synthese 129/2 (USA, Springer)
(covers and content PDF)
 philo_Scie  2001 Synthese 129, 2

 

Books

my 5 books
(2014) “More troubles with cognitive neuroscience. Einstein’s theory of relativity and the hyperverse” (125,000 words) (Full text PDF)

In the book “Cognitive neuroscience versus epistemologically different worlds” (2012), I investigated some important problems of cognitive neuroscience. In this book, I points out more troubles: spatial cognition, the best achievements in cognitive neuroscience in the last 3 years (the fMRI experiments of Gallant’s team), multisensory integration, endogenous brain activity, default network, and the relationship between micro-neuronal level, macro-neuronal level, oscillations and cognition. The general conclusion of these two works is that cognitive neuroscience is a pseudo-science. The last chapter of this book is about Einstein’s (special and general) theory of relativity and the hyperverse. (Appendix: “Did Markus Gabriel (Bonn University) plagiarize my ideas?”)

(2012) “Cognitive neuroscience versus epistemologically different worlds”, University of Bucharest Press, 356 pages, 120,000 words. (full text PDF)
From the “epistemologically different worlds” perspective, I analyze the status of cognitive neuroscience today. I investigate the main actual topics in cognitive neuroscience: localization and the brain imaging, the binding problem (Treisman’s feature integration theory and synchronized oscillations approach), differentation and integration, optimism versus skepticism approaches, perception and object recognition, space and the mind, crossmodal interactions, and the holistic view against localization. The conclusion is that this “science” has “No ontology landscape” and, therefore, cognitive neuroscience is a pseudo-science.

(2011)Being and the Hypervese” (In English), University of Bucharest Press, 50,000 words. Full text (PDF) and Abstract (DOCX)
It is about the pure theoretical system of EDWs (almost without applications to any particular sciences – cognitive science, physics or biology). I constructedthe conditions of the possibility for any EDWs (that exist or possible to exist)  given by 13 propositions that represent the axiomatic-hyperontological framework in 13 parts. In general, these propositions refer to the abstract entities andtheir interactions. Being is the only entity that is an epistemological world. In this short book, I deal with the hyperontology of the hyperverse, no more or less than “pure philosophy”.

(June 2010) Vacariu, Gabriel and Vacariu, Mihai: “Mind, Life and Matter in the Hyperverse”, (PDF, published version, in English), University of Bucharest Press, 95,000 words.
Hyperverse (epistemologically different worlds) vs. “unicorn world” and the application of the EDWs perspective to: neuroscience (Llinas) and cognitive neuroscience (Frith), robotics (Andy Clark and Noe), Descartes’ ghost (Grush and Michael Wheleer), Bechtel’s mechanisms, Bickle’s molecules and cells, Kauffman’s “complexity” in biology, physics (particles and waves, gravity and Einstein, quantum mechanics, the superstring theory or hyperspace vs. the hyperverse).

● (2008) Epistemologically Different Worlds,(published version, PDF, in English) University of Bucharest Press,
110,000 words

Descartes, Kant, “epistemologically different worlds” perspective and its applications to: (1) philosophy of mind (levels, reductionism, emergence, qualia, the “I”, mental causation, supervenience); (2) cognitive science (computationalism, connectionism, dynamical system approach, robotics, representation, levels, declarative-procedural, accessible-inaccessible, conscious-unconscious, conceptual-sensorimotor, symbolic-subsymbolic, and explicit-implicit knowledge, thresholds, self-organization, etc.) (3) philosophy (logical positivism, Carnap’s linguistic frameworks, Quine, Goodman, Putnam, Friedman) (4) physics (quantum mechanics: superposition, entanglement, nonlocality and nonseparability, levels, collapse, measurement problem, Young’s experiment and Wheelers’ delayed-choice experiment, Feynman’s “sum over histories” framework, Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, Schrödinger’s cat, decoherence and the multiverse approach)

Comments on the book cover
EDWs are not for today, the place of the remnants of the last century, but for tomorrow, the time of new contretemps!

Book Editor

(2013) Gabriel Vacariu si Gheorghe Ştefanov (editori), Problema minte-creier în neuroştiinţa cogniţiei, Editura Universităţii din Bucureşti (Cuprins si coperta)

Articles published  13 ISI/ERIH (10 ISI, 3 ERIH)

● (June 2013) Gabriel Vacariu and Mihai Vacariu, “Introduction”, special issue “The mind-brain problem in cognitive neuroscience”, Philosophia Scientiae 17/2 (France)(ERIH)

● (2013, Philosophia Scientiae) Gabriel Vacariu and Mihai Vacariu “Troubles with cognitive neuroscience“(ERIH)

Abstract: In few words, we present the main actual problems of cognitive neuroscience: the binding problem, localization, differentiation-integration in the brain, the troubles created by the brain imaging, and optimism vs. skepticism in cognitive neuroscience. Surprisingly, even if there are more and more experimental results in recent years, we notice no real hope for solving these troubles in the future. Cognitive neuroscience is a science constructed on ‘correlations’ between mental and neuronal states, mainly furnished by the brain imaging – fMRI of the last two decades. We want to suggest that “correlation” lacks any ontological background. In this context, we have to answer the following question: Is cognitive neuroscience a real science or a kind of ‘new engineering’?”

●(2012), “Localization in cognitive neuroscience: optimism (Bechtel) versus skepticism (Uttal)“, Analele Universitatii din Craiova, Filosofie (pdf)(ERIH)

●(2011) “The synchrony or temporal coding theory (temporal binding), Mihai Vacariu and Gabriel Vacariu, Analele Universitatii Bucuresti(pdf)

●(August 2011), The mind-brain problem today”, Open Journal of Philosophy, (Scientific Research Publishing, US)

●(2010) “Emulators, representations and Descartes’ ghost” (PDF) Mihai Vacariu si Gabriel Vacariu, Analele Universitatii Bucuresti

● (2009) Gabriel Vacariu and Mihai Vacariu. “Physics and Epistemologically Different Worlds (PDF), Revue roumaine de philosophie, vol. 53, 2009, nr. 1-2. (ISI)

●(2009) Gabriel Vacariu, Mihai Vacariu, Leon Zăgrean, “Neurostiinta cognitiei si problema minte-creier” in Eugen Avram(coord.), Creier, Functionalitate, dizabilitate, Editura Universitatii Bucuresti
(in English: “Cognitive Neuroscience and the mind-brain problem”, in Eugen Avram (ed.) Brain, Functionality, Disability, University of Bucharest Press)

●(2008) Gabriel Vacariu and Mihai Vacariu.”The “I” as an epistemological world” (PDF), Analele Universitatii Bucuresti

● (2007) “Kant, philosophy in the last 100 years and an epistemologically different worlds perspective”(PDF), Revue Roumanie de Philosophie, vol. 51 (ISI)

● (2007) “Perceptual mental states, higher order thoughts, and consciousness (PDF), Analele Universitatii Bucuresti

● (2006) “The epistemologically different worlds perspective and some pseudo-notions from quantum mechanics”, Analele Universitatii Bucuresti

● (2005) “Mind, brain and epistemologically different worlds”, in Synthese Review, vol. 143, no. 3 (http://www.springerlink.com/content/m152587261h1/) (ISI)

● (2004) “Brain, mind and epistemologically different worlds” (PDF), in Revue Roumanie de Philosophie, 48, no.1-2 (ISI)

● (2002) “Reprezentari si concepte”(“Representations and concepts”) (PDF) in Romanian Academy Journal of Philosophy, no. 3-4, an international issue on Cognitive Science (ISI)

● (2002) Terhesiu D., and Vacariu G. “Brain, mind and the perspective of the observer”(PDF), Revue Roumanie de Philosophie, 46, no.1-2 (ISI)

● (2002) Vacariu, G. and Terhesiu, D. “Brain, mind and the role of the observer”, in Philosophy of Consciousness and Cognitive Science, Angela Botez and Bogdan Popescu (Eds.), Bucharest, Cartea Romaneasca

● (2002) G. Vacariu, M. Vacariu, “In searching for the Absolute”(DOC), series of 3 essays about the aesthetics of Andrei Tarkovsky’s in Timpul (The Time), starting with no.7, July 2002, Iassy, Romania.

● (2001) M. Vacariu, G. Vacariu, E. T. Rolls (Eds), “Representations in the Mind, Representations in the Brain”- introduction to vol. 129, no. 2, Synthese, November 2001, (Kluwer, Boston) (ISI)
( http://www.springerlink.com/content/w4k0qhywlvv4/?p=a343fc99dadd48209134de
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) Authors of the articles are: E.T. Rolls (Oxford University), Kim Plunkett  (Oxford University), Peter Mcleod (Oxford University)& Shallice &  Plaut, K. Rantala (University of Tampere), M. Wheeler, Radu Bogdan (Tulaine  University), Ilie Parvu (Bucharest University), G. Vacariu & D. Terhesiu  & M. Vacariu

● (2001) G. Vacariu, D. Terhesiu, M. Vacariu, “Towards a very idea of representation” in Synthese, vol. 219, no.2, November 2001, Kluwer, Boston (http://www.springerlink.com/content/w4k0qhywlvv4/?p=a343fc99dadd48209134de
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● (1999) I. Toader and G. Vacariu, “Inquieries on Carnap’s Aufbau (II)”(PDF), Revue Roumaine de Philosophie, no. 42-43, Romanian Academy (ISI)

● (1998) G. Vacariu I. and Toader: “Color similarity in Carnap’s Aufbau ”(PDF), Krisis, vol. 6

● (1997) I. Toader and G. Vacariu, “Inquieries on Carnap’s Aufbau (I)”(PDF), Revue Roumaine de Philosophie, no. 3-4, Romanian Academy (ISI)

(Except 5 and 10, all my articles are published in English.)

 

Quotations

My articles are mentioned by different authors in some articles, books or PhD thesis:

My EDWs perspective is investigated by Ahmed Kuytov (Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria, an article in a Bulgarian journal (2014), pp. 55-60) at http://issuu.com/24756/docs/idei_1-2014/73?e=3480348/7323418 (or here)
The article Vacariu, Terhesiu, Vacariu (2001)
●     Wheeler, Michael, 2005, Reconstructing the Cognitive World – The Next Step, Bradford Book, The MIT Press
●     Wheeler, Michael, 2009, “The Problem of Representation”, in Shaun Gallager and Daniel Schmicking (eds.), Handbook of Phenomenology and Cognitive Science, Springer
●     Scott Freeman (2012), “An engaging nuisance: Weka, flipping and farmers”, PhD thesis Philosophy, Lincoln University, New Zeeland

●    Michael Anacker, Marc Breuer, Daniel Cohnitz, Michael Flacke (2003), “Bibliography Zeitschriftenschau”, Journal for General Philosophy of Science 34: 371–405
●    Szabó, Inácio (2008), “Comunidades virtuais de conhecimento: informação e inteligência coletiva no ciberespaço”, Universidade Federal da Bahia, Instituto de Ciência da Informação, Programa de Pós-graduação em Ciência da Informação
The article Vacariu (2005)
●     van der Beek, George (2006), “Representationalism versus Anti-representationalism: constraining the notion of representation”, Master’s thesis at Cognitive Artificial Intelligence, University of Utrecht
●     Tsai, Yao-Ming (Associate Professor, Department of  Philosophy, National Taiwan University), “The Philosophical Outreach and Literary Review of the Mind-Body Topic in Buddhist Studies”
●     Lovell-Smith, Hugh David (2009), “A consideration of homeostatic regulation of eating from the perspective of maharishi vedic science”, PhD thesis, University of Auckland, NZ
●     Bosnic, Emir (2009), “Física cartesiana e mathesis universalis”, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, PhD thesis, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
●     Inácio Szabó and Rubens Ribeiro Gonçalves da Silva, (2006) “A construção de conhecimento nas comunidades virtuais do ciberespaço”, Revista da Associação Nacional dos Programas de Pós-Graduação em Comunicação, Spain
●     Cai Yaoming (2010) (National Taiwan University Department of Philosophy) “The psychosomatic topic philosophy in Buddhist scholars the tentacles and academic review”, La Well the network editorial department reported

●   John Bickle “Introduction”, Synthese (2005). Volume 147, Issue 3

Article (2007) “Kant, philosophy in the last 100 years and an epistemologically different worlds perspective
·         Margit Ruffing (2009), “Kant-Bibliographie 2007”, Kant-Studien issue 4, pp. 427-592

About “Epistemologically different worlds” (2008)
●    Adriana Monica Solomon (2009), Revista de Filosofie Analitică, Volumul III, 10, Ianuarie (http://www.srfa.ro/rrfa/pdf/rfa-III-1-publicatii-evenimente.pdf)

●    Wikipedia.org: “Counterfactual definiteness” (Categories: “Quantum measurement”) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Counterfactual_definiteness

The article Vacariu (2011)

●       Sung Jang Chung (Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System, Morristown, USA) (2012), “The Science of Self, Mind and Body”, Open Journal of Philosophy (USA), Vol.2, No.3

●      Johnson Final Draft: http://johnson10803.weebly.com/final-draft3.html
●     (2013) Vlad Paul Mocanu (student, Department of Philosophy, University of Bucharest) – Dissertation on “The Theory of ‘Epistemologically Different Worlds’. Perspectives and Applications.” (in Romanian)

 

Record of tertiary studies

● PhD at the UNSW in Sydney

● January 2008, Ph.D. degree, University of New South Wales, School of Philosophy, Sydney, Australia

● 2004- 2007, Ph.D. student, University of New South Wales, School of Philosophy, Sydney, Australia; Title: Epistemologically Different Worlds(PDF); EIPRS and UIPA scholarships. The thesis was submitted at Graduate Centre, UNSW on 06.09.2007 and posted on the internet on 21.09.2007 and then on 29.04.2008. The referees of the thesis: John Bickle (University of Cincinnati, USA), Rom Harre (Linacre College, Oxford, UK) and Ilie Parvu (University of Bucharest, Romania).

● 2004- 2007, Ph.D. student, University of New South Wales, School of Philosophy, Sydney, Australia; Topic: The mind-body problem and epistemologically different worlds; EIPRS and UIPA scholarships

● February, 2006, Ph.D. degree, University of Bucharest, Department of Philosophy, Chair of Theoretical Philosophy and Logic; Topic: The concept of representation in cognitive science

● 1999-2000, New Bulgarian University, Department of Cognitive Science, Sofia, Bulgaria; Postgraduate Student

● 1996-1997, University of Bucharest, Department of Philosophy, Bucharest, Romania MA – average: 10 (of max. 10); Master Thesis: Inquires on Carnap’s Aufbau

● 1991-1996, University of Bucharest, Department of Philosophy, Bucharest, Romania

BA – average: 9.50 (of max. 10); Thesis: Kant and the exact sciences

● 1987-1991, Technical University of Iassy, Department of Computer Science, Iasi, Romania, Undergraduate Student

 

Scholarships

● May 2013, Jagiellonian University (Krakow, Poland), one month research scholarship within CEEPUS project (international project on Cognitive Science).

● May 2002, ELTE University (Budapest, Hungary), one month research scholarship within CEEPUS project (international project on Cognitive Science).

● 2002-2003, University of New York, Department of Philosophy, New York, USA, FulbrightScholarship

● May 2002, University of Viena, Department of Philosophy, Viena, Austria; Scholarship offered by CEEPUS project-an international project on Cognitive Science

● January 2002, Washington University, Department of Philosophy, Saint Louis, USA; Scholarship offered by CNCSIS project

● 1998-1999, University of Oxford, Department of Experimental Psychology, Oxford, England, Soros Scholarship; Supervisors: Prof. Martin Davies and Prof. Peter McLeod; Adviser: Prof. E. T. Rolls

 

Academic employment

● (2013) Reviewer at Synthese – An International Journal for Epistemology, Methodology and Philosophy of Science (USA)
● Since 2009, Lecturer Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, Bucharest Romania
● 2009-2010, I hold a course on Philosophy of Cognitive Science, one semester for graduates (MA), Department of Automatic Control and Computers,Politechnica University of Bucharest
● 1997-2009 Assistant-Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, Bucharest Romania
● 1997-2003, Initiator and co-ordinator of the Group for Cognitive Science, University of Bucharest, Romania

CEEPUS Project (coordinator lect. Gabriel Vacariu)

 

Academic related activities

● 1 2014 mexico conference(March 29th, 2014), Gabriel Vacariu held a videoconference “Epistemologically different worlds applied to cognitive neuroscience”,  Symposium of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Institute of Technology and Higher Education, Nuevo Leon (Monterrey, Mexico). (“I Simposium de la Unidad de Rehabilitación Psiquiátrica de los Servicios de Salud de Nuevo León y del Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey”). (Schedule at http://www.jornadasurp.com/#!horarios/ctnu) (a photo with this  videoconference  )

● 04.12.2013, presentation “The world vs. epistemologically different worlds“, Department of Philosophy, Bucharest University

● 27.11.2013, presentation “Did Markus Gabriel (Bonn University) plagiarize my ideas?“, Department of Philosophy, Bucharest University

● (06.11. 2013) at Cinemateca Romana, Eforie Room, round table on Mihai Vacariu’s book “In love with Tarkovski – A small treatise of living art”. Participants: Cristi Puiu, Elena Dulgheru, Gabriel Vacariu, Mihai Vacariu, Mihai Fulger

● On  28th July 2013, at Department of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, I organized a Round-Table live on the Internet: “Micro-neuronal level and/or macro-neuronal level in explaining cognition”. Participants: John Bickle (Mississippi State University) at 13.00-New York (28th July), Adele Abrahamsen, William Bechtel (University of California, San Diego), Gabriel Vacariu (Bucharest University) at 20.00-Bucharest (28th July), and William Uttal (Arizona State University) at 07.00-Hawaii (29th July). Parts of this round-table discussion at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_3I96MSwXpUjm2x6f6SaUA

● On 22.07.2013, at 13.30, Faculty of Philosophy (University of Bucharest) I organized the round-table: “The role of neuroscience in explaining cognition“. Participants: William Bechtel(Philosophy, University of California, San Diego), Adele Abrahamsen (Project Scientist in the Center for Research in Language, University of California, San Diego), Maria-Luiza Flonta(Neuroscience, Biology, UB),Mircea Dumitru (Philosophy, UB), Bogdan Amuzescu (Neuroscience, Biology, UB), Gabriel Vacariu(Philosophy, UB).

● 20th June 2013, Presentation “Troubles with cognitive neuroscience and the hyperverse” at Department of Biology, Bucharest University

● 29 mai 2013, “Prezentare despre viata si opera sculptorului Constantin Brancusi“, Facultate de Filosofie, Universitatea Bucuresti

● 9th May 2013, Presentation Cognitive neuroscience and the hyperverse at Institute of Psychology, Jagiellonian University (Krakow, Poland)

● (04.04. 2013) Gheorghe Stefanov and Gabriel Vacariu: debate on the status of conceptual art, Department of Philosophy, University of Bucharest

● (29.11.2012) Presentation “The beauty and the hyperverse“, (A parallel between art and philsophy of the last century), Faculty of Philosophy, Univ. of Bucharest

● In 2012, I re-included my department in CEEPUS project (Central European Exchange Program for University Studies): “Cognitive Science, Knowledge Studies, and Knowledge Technologies”, University of Vienna, the main coordinator. Departments belong to universities from Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovacia, and Slovenia.

● 7.09.2012, presentation “God died long time ago. How can we rule out the infinite?“, Summer school “Science, religion, philosophy: Teism vs. Ateism”, Department of philosophy, Univ. of Bucharest.

● 28th April 2012, presentation “What kind of science is cognitive neuroscience?” in Symposium “The mind-brain relationship in cognitive neuroscience”, Department of Philosohy, Univ. of Bucharest

● 27-28th April 2012, I organized the symposium – “The mind-brain relationship in cognitive neuroscience” at Department of Theoretical Philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest. Participants: Bogdan Amuzescu (Biology, University of Bucharest), Violeta Ciobanu (Psychology, University of Bucharest) Ioan Dumitrache (Faculty of Automatic Control and Computer Science, Polytechnic University of Bucharest), Mircea Dumitru (Philosophy, University of Bucharest), Marius Dumitru (Christ Church, Oxford), Luiza-Maria Flonta (Biology, University of Bucharest), Gheorghe Stefanov (Philosophy, University of Bucharest), Gabriel Vacariu (Philosophy, University of Bucharest), Leon Zagrean (Neuroscience – University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest) Adriana Zbant (Philosophy, University of Bucharest)

● 16.11.2011 Presentation “Being and the Hyperverse” in “Seminars of Theoretical Philosophy”, Department of Philosophy, University of Buchares. Presentation PDF

●16.11.2011 Round table “The role of philosophy in science“. Participants: Bogdan Amuzescu (biologie), Mircea Flonta, Ilie Parvu, Gheorghe Stefanov and Gabriel Vacariu

● 08.09.2011, Presentation - “The role of science in creating the philosophical system”; Summer School of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, University of Bucharest. Romanian. English

● 26th March, 2009, Presentation – “ ‘Representation’ in Cognitive Science“, “Engineering-Mind” Group,  The Faculty of Automatic Control and Computers,  Bucharest

● 10th July 2007, Presentation – “The ‘unicorn-world’ and its Ptolemaic epicycles in cognitive science/philosophy of mind” at the 8th conference of the Australasian Society for Cognitive Science, University of Adelaide, Australia.

http://www.arts.adelaide.edu.au/humanities/ascs2007/ (abstract at “Download proceedings”)

● September 2006, presentation within Panel D (Are there useful ways to think about the mind? With Hales, Sutton, Vacariu) at INA/Brain Sciences: Neurophilosophy workshop, (Scope: the complex relationship between mind and brain, as viewed by psychiatrists, neuroscientists and philosophers), University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
(at http://www.brainsciences.unsw.edu.au/BrainSciWeb.nsf/page/presentations – see INA/Brain Sciences UNSW Neurophilosophy Workshop, 10 September – (PDF) )

● 3 May 2002, (with Dalia Terhesiu) -presentation -”Brain, mind and Robinson Crusoe in the 21st century” – at the 19th Annual Workshop- “New Trends in Cognitive Science”- organized by the European Society for the Study of Cognitive System and Austrian Society for Cognitive Science, Salzburg, Vienna

● March 2002, Co-ordinatorof“The Spring School on Cognitive Science”within the CEEPUS project and “Complexity Theory” Research Project. Participants- professors and students from: Faculty of Vienna, Vienna, Austria, New Bulgarian University, Sofia, Bulgaria; Department of Philosophy, Ljubljana, Slovenia; ELTE University, Budapest, Hungary; Department of Mathematics, Department of Linguistics, Department of Philosophy, Department of Biology (University of Bucharest)

● March, 2002, presentation -”The principle of ontological complementarity” – at “Spring School on Cognitive Science”, University of Bucharest, Bucharest

● January 2002, presentation -”Some key elements in Cognitive Science ” – at Washington University in Saint Louis, USA, Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology program

● 27-30 December 2001, participant to APA annual meeting in Atlanta, USA

● May 2001, presentation “Representations“ at International Spring School on Cognitive Science, Bucharest, University of Bucharest

● July 2000 and July 1999, participant at International Summer School on Cognitive Science, Sofia, Bulgaria

● May 2000, May 2001 and March 2002, Initiator and co-ordinator of“International Spring School on Cognitive Science”, CEEPUS project.

● June 1998, participant at International Summer School on Philosophy of Science, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
● September 1997, participant at International Colloquium on Representation and Demarcation in Philosophy and Cognitive Science, Predeal, Romania

● April 1997, presentation “Remarks on Carnap’s AUFBAU” at Romanian-Finnish Colloquium on Logic, Philosophy of Science and Cognitive Science, Predeal, Romania

● November 1993, participant to a round table on “Determinism and Indeterminism” at the Romanian Academy, Institute of Philosophy, Iassy, Romania

 

General fields of interest:

Philosophy of Cognitive (Neuro)Science, Philosophy of Science (physics)

Special topics of interest: the relationship between mind and brain in cognitive science; the mind-body problem; localization, the binding problem, the spatial perception, “localization” in cognitive neuroscience, representation in cognitive science/philosophy of mind; emergence, supervenience and reductionism problems; computationalism, connectionism and dynamical system approaches in cognitive science; the relationship between general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics

 

Teaching experience – Courses and seminars

● 1997-present, Department of Philosophy, University of Bucharest
Courses: “Philosophy of mind and cognitive science”, “Introduction to cognitive neuroscience”, “Philosophy and science”, “Metaphilosophy”,
Seminars: “Philosophy of mind and cognitive science”, “Introduction to cognitive neuroscience”, “Philosophy of science”, “Metaphilosophy”, “Epistemology”, “Introduction to philosophy”
● 1997-2003 Together with my brother Mihai, I set up the Centre for Cognitive Science at the University of Bucharest. This was a new program which started with 25-30 students and where we brought in lecturers from disciplines like psychology, neuroscience, mathematics and philosophy and where we taught philosophy and computer science in the format of seminars based on learning within a group dynamic. We organized conferences, lectures and seminars given in Cognitive Science, Philosophy, Computer Simulations and Mathematics. In the end, the program inspired the leaders of my department to create a Masters Degree program on Cognitive Science.
● In 2007, I have started to hold the course on Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science. My lectures are at http://www.ub-filosofie.ro/gvacariu/studenti.html
● In 2012-2013, I hold a course on “Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience” (in English), Master of Analytical Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, University of Bucharest
● 2004-2006, I hold seminars at School of Philosophy, University of New South Wales, (Sydney, Australia) to various disciplines such as “Logic”, “Thinking about Reasoning”, “Critical thinking”, “The Use of Language”, “Images and Symbols”

 

Contact

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