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My personal webpage: https://plus.google.com/+GabrielVacariu/posts

The EDWs are not for today, the place of the remnants of the last century, but for tomorrow, the time of new contretemps! With my EDWs perspective, I showed that the world does not exist so, except Einstein’s theory of relativity, everything was wrong: all approaches in philosophy of mind, everything in cognitive neuroscience (in my books from 2012 and 2014, I proved this “science” is a pseudo-science), quantum mechanics (all its alternatives are wrong), all definitions of life in biology, God and infinity cannot exist (simply, human mind inventions), etc. I replaced all these wrong theories, approaches and with my EDWs perspective, the new paradigm of thinking. More than 95% of my works has been dedicated to particular sciences and nothing to contemporary “philosophy” (see my first five books below… I understand why so many people have plagiarized my ideas… see below.)

“Vacariu advances a novel and challenging perspective from which to view modern sciences ranging from physics to cognitive neuroscience. At its core is the perspective of epistemologically different worlds. On Vacariu’s analysis, entities such as mental and physical phenomena, which many of us struggle to relate, do not belong to the same world-indeed, that world does not exist! This book is filled with probing discussions that will challenge nearly everyone.” William Bechtel, Distinguished Professor Department of Philosophy, Center for Circadian Biology, and Interdisciplinary Program in Cognitive Science University of California, San Diego (USA)

“This is novel and innovative work. It is philosophy in the grand synoptic style – influenced and aware of contemporary science, but not beholden to it. Epistemologically different worlds may be a tool for untying many current philosophical knots.” John Bickle, Philosophy and Religion, Mississippi State University (USA)

“Gabriel Vacariu tackles a long standing assumption of Western thought – that there is only one world. Through a series of ingenious arguments the author shows that by making used of the distinctness of observational conditions, the pretensions of neuroscience to unify psychology is deeply flawed. This is a bold project and the author brings not only a high degree of philosophical sophistication to the task, but also a wide and deep knowledge of various sciences which inform his analysis of the many forms taken by the Unitarian claim.” Rom Harre, Emeritus Fellow, Linacre College, Oxford (Great Britain) Distinguished Research Professor Georgetown University, Washington DC (USA)

“Here at last is the condensed version of Gabriel Vacariu’s startling view of epistemologically different worlds and its application to a range of both traditional and contemporary philosophical problems. If Vacariu is right, this work represents a Copernican shift in our understanding of what we took to be ourselves and the world about us.” Philip Cam, Philosophy, University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia)

“The idea of epistemologically different worlds can generate a new approach not only to the mind-body problem but also to many other fields of philosophical theorizing, from general ontology to more specific problems in the philosophy of special sciences.” Ilie Parvu, Philosophy, University of Bucharest (Romania)

“The epistemologically different worlds perspective will sure shake the world of science in not too distant future.” Mohsen Aghaei, Kish Institute of Science and Technology (Tehran, Iran)

“Gabriel, personal development  like you have exhibited is the sign of a fine mind. Congratulations.” (William R. Uttal, Professor Emeritus (Engineering) at Arizona State University and Professor Emeritus (Psychology) at the University of Michigan, USA)

At a high-school from Portugal, at one of his lectures (a week in November 2015), Manuel Jose, professor of philosophy, thought his students about my EDWs perspective! (He wrote me about this event.)

Contact: gvacariu [at] yahoo.com

  • Springer (2016, English and German): Illusions of Human Thinking: on concepts of Mind, Reality, and Universe in Psychology, Neuroscience and Physics [In German: Die Relativität von „Welt“ – Wie Pseudoprobleme in den Neurowissenschaften, der Psychologie und der Quantenphysik durch EDWs zu vermeiden sind, “Edition Centaurus Psychologie”
  • Since 7th October 2015 the ebook German version can be bought online at: http:http://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783658105747
  • Since 20th October 2015, the ebook English version can be bought online at: http://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783658104436

[My book published at Springer is the worst nightmare for those who have plagiarized my ideas.]


(2015) Vacariu Ilusions of Human Thinking, Springer

This book is a relative short version of my Epistemologically Different Worlds (EDWs) perspective (Chapter 1, the non-living entities (objects) that belong to EDWs; Chapter 2, the living beings (each living being is an EW); Chapter 3, the general view of the EDWs perspective) and its main applications to the main philosophical and scientific areas: Chapter 4, philosophy of mind (Descartes’ dualism, levels, reductionism and emergence, qualia, Kant and the “I”); Chapter 5, cognitive science (computationalism and dynamical systems, declarative-procedural, accessible-inaccessible, conscious-unconscious, conceptual- sensorimotor, symbolic-subsymbolic, and explicit-implicit, levels, representations, bidirectionality, threshold etc.); Chapter 6, cognitive neuroscience (optimism and its amazing results (Gallant’s laboratory) and skepticism (Uttal, Raichle’s “default network”), the localization problem, the binding problems (the main approach, oscillations or synchrony theory), multisensory integration, perception and object recognition); Chapter 7 biology (life and the organism/cell); Chapter 8, physics (Einstein’s theory of special and general relativity, quantum mechanics (non-locality or entanglement, the measurement problem, superposition), the relationship between these two theories). In the conclusion, I will explain why I consider that scientists from cognitive (neuro)science, biology and physics need to change the framework within which they work (the unicorn world) with the new “Weltanschauung”, the EDWs perspective.

  • The “BOOK OF BOOKS” (published in Romanian, published already in November 2014 in Romanian): Gabriel Vacariu (2014) Epistemologically different worlds – The new paradigm of thinking, Datagroup int srl. This book is a relative short version of my EDWs perspective and its main applications to the main philosophical and scientific areas: philosophy of mind, cognitive (neuro)science, biology and physics (quantum mechanics, Einstein’s theory of relativity). It will be also published in English and German languages (printed and ePub). (See the Content here)                                                                                                                         vacariu - EDWs new paradigm of thinking

On the second cover of this book, some words about this book from William Bechtel (USA), John Bickle (USA), Eliezer Torres (Mexico), Rom Harre (Great Britain and USA), Ilie Parvu (Romania), Mohsen Aghaei (Iran), and Philip Cam (Australia) (copertile in limba romana)

Counterfactual definiteness (CFD) means that the output of a system can, in principle, be calculated by using an explicit formula y = f(x). Although the aspects of the universe that can adequately be described by classical physics are compatible with counterfactual definiteness, those aspects of the universe that can only be adequately modelled or described by quantum mechanics are not in all cases compatible with counterfactual definiteness. [1]”  (Footnote [1]: “Gabriel Vacariu, “Epistemologically Different Worlds,” Editura Universitãtii din bucuresti, 2008, ISBN 978-973-737-442-4  p. 331″)

  • Some people (USA) introduced some of my works in the “Seminar Bibliography”
My works: In Autumn 2007, my PhD Thesis from UNSW (Sydney, Australia), has been posted on Internet at the webpage of UNSW (section for PhD thesis). In March 2008, I published my first book “Epistemologically Different Worlds” with the main ideas of EDWs perspective and its applications to philosophy (of mind), cognitive (neuro)science, and physics (quantum mechanics). (80% from this book are also in my PhD thesis from 2007!) I posted my book from 2008 (and all the next books) on the Internet immediately after being published at Publishing Company of my University. I published my next four books in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 (and many articles).

With my EDWs perspective (2002, 2005, 2008, 2010), I showed that the main greatest problems from science and philosophy are pseudo-problems. These pseudo-problems are:

  • The mind-brain problem: in philosophy since Descartes, in cognitive science since this particular science appeared, then a particular science has been invented in the 70’s for solving it directly: cognitive neuroscience.
  • The life-organism/cell problem: in biology there have been many particular definitions of “life” but nobody could identify the relationship between life and the organism/cell.
  • The relationship between wave and particle in quantum mechanics: in physics, this problem has not been solved since its appearance (Young’s experiment!). It remains one of the greatest mysteries of quantum mechanics.
  • The relationship between microparticles and macroparticles: in physics, this problem pushed the scientists to try to unify Einstein’s theory of general relativity and quantum mechanics. The results of this unification were unsuccessful.

However, after from 2011, some people published unbelievable similar ideas to my ideas from 2005 and 2008! I claim “unbelievable” because all these ideas require a new framework of thinking and I have been the only one who discovered the existence of EDWs! During more than 2500 years, people have worked within the wrong framework, the world/universe or as I called, the “unicorn world”. Therefore, statistically, it is impossible two persons (in fact, so many!) to publish the same new framework or the same ideas within the same five-seven years! Really impossible… (Don’t forget the world of Internet today: my first five books have been free on Internet immediately after each being published!)

  • The UNBELIEVABLE similarities between my ideas (philosophy, philosophy of mind, cognitive neuroscience, quantum mechanics, and physics, mainly from 2005 to 2008) and the ideas of other people (from 2011 to 2015) (updated December 2015): Content: Introduction: The EDWs perspective in my article from 2005 and my book from 2008; Chapter 1 Philosophy (of mind): Did David Ludwig (2015, Philosophy, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands) plagiarize MANY of my ideas?; Chapter 2 Philosophy: Did Markus Gabriel plagiarize (2013, Department of Philosophy, Bonn University, Germany) my ideas?; Chapter 3 Cognitive Neuroscience: Did Georg Northoff (2011-214, Psychoanalysis, Institute of Mental Health Research, Canada) plagiarize my ideas?; Chapter 4 Quantum mechanics: The UNBELIEVABLE similarities between my ideas and Radu Ionicioiu (physics, University of Bucharest, Romania) and Daniel R. Terno’s ideas (2011) (physics, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia); Chapter 5 Cognitive neuroscience: The unbelievable similarities between my ideas and Kalina Diego Cosmelli, Legrand Dorothée and Thompson Evan’s ideas (2011, USA); Chapter 6 Quantum mechanics: Quite similar idea between my idea (2007, 2008, etc.) and Pikovski et al. (June 2015) regarding the Schrodinger’s cat’s interactions with its environment (the gravitation of Earth) (both entities being macro-objects); Chapter 7 Cosmology: Similar idea to my ideas from 2011, 2014 in Elisabetta Caffau (2015, Center for Astronomy at the University of Heidelberg and the Paris Observatory) regarding the appearance of Big Bang in many places; Chapter 8 Physics: Did Wolfram Schommers (2015, University of Texas at Arlington, USA & Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany) plagiarize my ideas?; Conclusion (updated third time December 2015) Gabriel Vacariu The UNBELIEVABLE similarities between my ideas (philosophy, physics, cognitive neuroscience 2005-2008) and ideas of other people (2011-2015)
  • More details about these unbelievable similarities and my commentaries see my webpages: https://plus.google.com/+GabrielVacariu/posts                http://philpapers.org/profile/8792;                         https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Gabriel_Vacariu;


  • I should receive Noble prize for Physics and Biology (i.e., cognitive (neuro)science) since I changed everything in these particular sciences. However, because I am Romanian: the process of my ideas being plagiarized will continue + of course, I will not receive Nobel. However, you the reader don’t forget: with MY EDWs, I have already changed everything… So many people (from many domains, from many countries) have plagiarized so many of my ideas because I have already created the Zeitgeist of 21st Century.


EDWs perspective:

  • (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. I replace 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.


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)

(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

(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



covers my books3

  • (2015, forthcoming, English and Germany) Gabriel Vacariu – Illusions of Human Thinking: on concepts of Mind, Reality, and Universe in Psychology, Neuroscience and Physics, Springer Publishing Company [A very bad news for people who plagiarize my ideas…]
  • (2014)More troubles with cognitive neuroscience. Einstein’s theory of relativity and the hyperverse” (125,000 words) University of Bucharest Press (Full text PDF)

In this book, I points out more troubles with 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. In the book “Cognitive neuroscience versus epistemologically different worlds” (2012), I investigated some important problems of cognitive neuroscience. (see below) The general conclusion of these two works is that cognitive neuroscience is a pseudo-science. In the last chapter of this book (2014), with my EDWs perspective, I furnish the (hyper)ontological status of Einstein’s (special and general) theory of relativity. (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 constructed the 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”.

(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)


Book Editor

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


Articles published  (some ISI and ERIH)

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

● (2013) Gabriel Vacariu and Mihai Vacariu “Troubles with cognitive neuroscience“, Philosophia Scientiae 17/2 (France)

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’?”

● (2013) Gabriel Vacariu and Mihai Vacariu “Cognitive neuroscience: science or engineering?” (in Romanian) in Gabriel Vacariu and Gheorghe Stefanov (eds.) The Problem of mind-brain in cognitive neuroscience, Bucharest University Publishing Company

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

● (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.

● (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

● (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/)

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

● (2002) “Reprezentari si concepte”(“Representations and concepts”) (PDF) in Romanian Academy Journal of Philosophy, no. 3-4,

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

● (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)
( http://www.springerlink.com/content/w4k0qhywlvv4/?p=a343fc99dadd48209134de
) 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

● (1999) I. Toader and G. Vacariu, “Inquieries on Carnap’s Aufbau (II)”(PDF), Revue Roumaine de Philosophie, no. 42-43, Romanian Academy

● (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

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

Interviews and quotations

An interview (in Romanian) about my EDWs perspective with Alexandru Valentin Craciun at https://alexandruvalentincraciun.wordpress.com/2015/06/19/de-la-lumea-inorogului-la-lumile-epistemologic-diferite-dialog-cu-prof-conf-dr-gabriel-vacariu-facultatea-de-filosofie-bucuresti/ (or here: De la „Lumea inorogului” la „Lumile Epistemologic Diferite”)


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

● (2015) William R. Uttal, Macroneural Theories in Cognitive Neuroscience, Psychology Press

https://books.google.ro/books?id=zRA-CgAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false (William Uttal is one of the greatest cognitive neuroscientists in the world!)

● (2015) Robert C. Trundle, Integrated Truth and Existential Phenomenology: A Thomistic Response to iconic anti-realists in science, Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands [My book (2014) More troubles with cognitive neuroscience; Einstein’s theory of relativity and the hyperverse is mentioned: the idea about the possibility that cognitive neuroscience is a pseudo-science since correlations between mental and neuronal states do not presuppose any laws proper to science. (p. 20)]

● (2015) Charles-Édouard Niveleau and Alexandre Métraux, “The Bounds of Naturalism: A Plea for Modesty”, Philosophia Scientiæ, 19(3), 2015, 3–21

● About the “epistemologically different worlds” at http://worddomination.com/epistemologically.html
● 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)
● Despre munca mea si neamtul care mi-a plagiat ideile, vezi http://reactii.ro/de-ce-lumea-nu-exista-despre-moartea-inorogului-si-invierea-filozofiei/ (in limba romana)

● (2013) Vlad Paul Mocanu (student, Department of Philosophy, University of Bucharest) – Dissertation on “The Theory of ‘Epistemologically Different Worlds’. Perspectives and Applications.” (in Romanian)

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

● Stefanescu Adina “Reflection on the content and the reference of the Idea of Representation – Reflection on the content and the reference of the Idea of Representation – Review of Vacariu et al.’s “Toward a very idea of representation” (http://protlc.net/reflection-on-the-content-and-the-reference-of-the-idea-of-representation/)


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 (2014), “Parallels between Confucian Philosophy and Quantum Physics”, Open Journal of Philosophy 4, 192-206
● 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
● This paper is in a bibliography of a course at Columbia Southern University (USA), Psychology,




Record of tertiary studies

● (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)
● (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 (Iassy, Romania) Undergraduate Student


(2013) Reviewer at Synthese – An International Journal for Epistemology, Methodology and Philosophy of Science (USA)
(2015), Reviewer at MIT Press (USA)



● (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) Fulbright Scholarship
● (May 2002) University of Viena, Department of Philosophy (Vienna, 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, Great Britain) Soros Scholarship; Supervisors: Prof. Martin Davies and Prof. Peter McLeod; Adviser: Prof. E. T. Rolls

Academic employment

● 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, Polytechnic 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 (Bucharest, Romania)
CEEPUS Project (coordinator lect. Gabriel Vacariu)

Academic related activities

● (14.05.2015) Presentation “Cognitive neuroscience”, at Symposium “Actual directions of research on consciousness”, Romanian Academy, Comitetul Român de Istoria şi Filosofia Ştiinţei şi Tehnicii, Divizia de Logică, Metodologie şi Filosofie a Ştiinţei, Grupul de Cercetări Interdisciplinare; Societatea Naţională de Neuroştiinţe, Facultatea de Medicină, Disciplina Fiziologie şi Neuroştiinţe (see the schedule Afis program- mai 14-15)

1 2014 mexico conference(29.03.2014) 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) 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 at Cinemateca Romana, Eforie Room
● (28.06. 2013) 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), Department of Philosophy, University of Bucharest. Parts of this round-table discussion at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_3I96MSwXpUjm2x6f6SaUA
● (22.07.2013) 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), Faculty of Philosophy (University of Bucharest).
● (20.06.2013) Presentation “Troubles with cognitive neuroscience and the hyperverse”, Department of Biology, Bucharest University
● (29.05.2013) “Prezentare despre viata si opera sculptorului Constantin Brancusi“, Facultate de Filosofie, Universitatea Bucuresti
● (09.05.2013) Presentation Cognitive neuroscience and the hyperverse, 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.
● (28.04.2012) Presentation “What kind of science is cognitive neuroscience?” in Symposium “The mind-brain relationship in cognitive neuroscience”, Department of Philosohy, Univ. of Bucharest
● (27-28.04.2012) 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
● (26.03.2009) Presentation – “ ‘Representation’ in Cognitive Science“, “Engineering-Mind” Group, The Faculty of Automatic Control and Computers, Bucharest
● (10.07.2007) 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”)

● (09.2006) 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) )

● (03.05.2002) (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
● (03.2002) 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)
● (03.2002) Presentation -“The principle of ontological complementarity” – at “Spring School on Cognitive Science”, University of Bucharest, Bucharest
● (01.2002) Presentation -“Some key elements in Cognitive Science ” – at Washington University in Saint Louis, USA, Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology program
● (27-30.12.2001) Participant to APA annual meeting in Atlanta, USA
● (05.2001) Presentation “Representations“ at International Spring School on Cognitive Science, Bucharest, University of Bucharest
● (07.2000), (07.1999) Participant at International Summer School on Cognitive Science, Sofia, Bulgaria
● (05.2000), (05.2001), (03.2002) Initiator and co-ordinator of“International Spring School on Cognitive Science”, CEEPUS project.
● (06.1998) Participant at International Summer School on Philosophy of Science, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
● (09.1997) Participant at International Colloquium on Representation and Demarcation in Philosophy and Cognitive Science, Predeal, Romania
● (05.1997) Presentation “Remarks on Carnap’s AUFBAU” at Romanian-Finnish Colloquium on Logic, Philosophy of Science and Cognitive Science, Predeal, Romania
● (11.1993) 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 Physics, Philosophy of mind, Kant
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 “I” (self) in cognitive neuroscience and philosophy; the relationship between general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics (the relationship between micro- and macro-entities), what exist/is, entities and their interactions

Teaching experience – Courses and seminars

● (1997-present) Actually, I am Conferentiar-Professor at Department of Philosophy, University of Bucharest
Courses: “Philosophy of mind and cognitive science”, “Introduction to cognitive neuroscience”, “Philosophy and science”, “Metaphilosophy”, “Theory of knowledge”
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
● (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”
My idols: Leonardo da Vinci, Nikola Tesla, Constantin Brancusi and Richard Feynman


Tesla's words about his work

einstein chaplin

Thus spake the woods in soft entreaty;                             Astfel zise lin padurea
Arching boughs above me bent,                                          Bolti asupra-mi clatinand;
But I whistled high, and laughing                                       Suieram l-a ei chemare
Out into the open went.                                                         S-am iesit in camp razand.

(Mihai Eminescu, O remain dear one; http://www.mihaieminescu.ro/en/literary_work/poems/o_remain_dear_one.htm)

I, the Spartan: don’t fight, be fight!




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