3rd Int. Conf. on Cognitive Science

that will be held in parallel with several other conferences under the traditional multiconference title: Information Society-2000. The multiconference will be held from 17 to 19 October 2000 in Ljubljana, Slovenia.


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The purpose of the conference is to exchange the ideas and experience in research of consciousness that goes beyond the borderlines of current scientific pathways. The conference is open for new ideas/theories/speculations that try to explain the phenomena of life, cognition and consciousness. The new trends, interpretations and research that go beyond the methods/principles accepted in medicine, psychology, molecular biology, biochemistry and quantum physics seems to be necessary in order to understand still mysterious principles of the phenomena of life and consciousness. The new, holistic, synthetic instead of analytic, and interdisciplinary approaches are required. The conference shall cover these by five sections, the borders of which however will be neglected by joint discussions and round tables:

Sections are described here.

Besides scientists from various fields (psychology, biology, physics, computer science, philosophy, medicine, mathematics etc.) we expect the audience to include also nonspecialists and students.





The authors should submit the camera ready paper, 4 (four) pages, that must contain the title, the authors' names and addresses, e-mails and fax numbers, the name of section (one of: 'New biology',  'Physical and complex-system backgrounds of cognition and consciousness', 'Philosophical, psychological and computational aspects of consciousness', 'Complementary medicine', and 'Borderline phenomena of consciousness'), a short abstract (up to 100 words), introduction, main sections, conclusions and references. The papers must be submitted in three copies and sent to address:

prof. Igor Kononenko (chair)
University of Ljubljana
Faculty of Computer and Information Science
Tržaška 25,
1000 Ljubljana

The papers will be reviewed by the PC members. To enable faster reviewing the authors are highly encouraged to send also an electronic version of the paper (preferably in MS Word format) to igor.kononenko AT

The accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings and for each published paper we expect one coauthor to attend the conference and give the talk (the timing yet to be determined). The selection will be based on certain scientific standards, however the conference is supposed to be open for new ideas/theories/speculations and this shall be respected by reviewers. The conference is international and the official language is English.



All information regarding registration fee, registration, travel information, accomodation are available on the web page of the Multiconference:

Additional information about the organization of the conference:
Mili Remetič
Jožef Stefan Institute
Jamova 39, 1000 Ljubljana
fax: +386 61 1251 038


New biology

In the section for new biology we wish to present new frontiers for the scientific explanations of life. The presentations should span from purely theoretical considerations upto physiological and biophysical that go beyond the established molecular comprehension of organisms. We respect the findings of contemporary molecular biology, but we do not believe that on this road biology came to its last possible level of understanding life and organisms. Because of many as yet unsolved problems as well as many empirical facts, we think that for a deeper understanding, explanation and research of life we should tackle the supramolecular levels of biological organization. In this respect we see the essential role of biological fields and coherent phenomena. They are postulated and discovered mainly on the cellular level (Frohlich, Del Giudice, Vitiello, Pokorny) as the endogenous bioelectromagnetic field and on the level of the whole organism as a photonic field (Popp), but may comprise also other levels of the organism. Our view of life is therefore emergentistic and holistic.

Physical and complex-system backgrounds of cognition and consciousness

There are several topics where physics and theories of complex systems, including synergetics and neural networks, can provide useful models of collective dynamical information processing underlying cognition and consciousness: attractor dynamics, emergence of higher-order virtual structures: quantum non-locality; implicate versus explicate order; perceptual binding models (synchronous oscillations, or Bose-Einstein condensation and other quantum binding hypotheses); "phase-Hebbian" learning models (convolution combined with phase-difference encoding); Independent Component Analysis; associative processing in neural, sub-cellular (i.e. dendritic, microtubular), quantum and spin networks; quantum neural holography; systems of coupled oscillators; quantum information theory (including quantum information transfer and teleportation); alternative interpretations of quantum theory; and other topics are invited. Models which are evidently biologically-plausible will have priority; contributions without any (potential) relevance to (nano)-biological information processing will not be accepted.

Philosophical, psychological, and computational aspects of consciousness

The section will focus on questions related to the problem of defining the consciousness and its description. Example problems are:

Complementary medicine

In the Complementary Medicine section we welcome researchers that have completed or cooperate in ongoing research studies of applications of complementary medicine, such as acupuncture, aromatherapy, bioenergy, massage and chiropractic, flower essences and homeopathy, reiki, yoga, meditation and relaxation, phytotherapy etc. The presentations should be about leading paradigms and theoretical background, methodological obstacles in the research of complementary medicine, the importance of placebo phenomena, meeting points and scientific background of efficacy for therapies and clinical studies.

Borderline phenomena of consciousness

In this section we shall discuss the phenomena for which contemporary science has no satisfactory models or explanations. However, we are able to study the effects of these phenomena. Such phenomena are telepathic transfer of information and/or (bio)energy on distance, meditation, collective consciousness and spiritual experiences, clairvoyance, and other unusual and as yet scientifically unexplained phenomena and experiences. We shall discuss various approaches to measure, analyse, and study the effects of these phenomena, such as e.g. recording the bioelectromagnetic field (aura) with Kirlian cameras and studying the changes of this field in various conditions, and studying of clinical, physiological, biochemical, and physical changes on bodies and objects during these phenomena. We shall discuss also the hypotheses which try to explain those phenomena, as well as the hypotheses which speculate that a scientific explanation is not possible or that they are only an illusion.

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