Tyler Talk: Time, Light and the Nature of Conscious Vision

“Time, Light and the Nature of Conscious Vision” by Christopher W. Tyler presentation at the Institute of Philosophy, University of London, April 23rd, 2015

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“Time, Light and the Nature of Conscious Vision” by Christopher W. Tyler
Institute of Philosophy, University of London, April 23rd, 2015

This lecture will take a large-scope view of the field of vision, which has always had a significant place in the history of philosophy. Lucretius in the early days of the Roman empire had a clear view of light as a wavefront, or film, propagating into the eye, a view that continued through Robert Grosseteste in the C13th, and Leonardo da Vinci in the C15th. How far have we come in understand of light as the medium of vision since then? In fact, we have added the magnetic and polarization components, but the basic concept of a wavefront propagating through time and space has remained unchanged into the quantum era. I will propose a new post-Einsteinian view of the nature of both time and light in this context conceptualized as the fractal extrapolation of a 6D space-time kernel.

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“Alice through the Looking-Glass of Eleanor of Aquitaine”

“Alice through the Looking-Glass of Eleanor of Aquitaine” presented by Christopher Tyler at the “Alice through the Ages” Conference, Homerton College, Cambridge, Sept 15th-17th, 2015.

oxford-alicePresentation by Christopher Tyler
“Alice through the Ages” Conference
Homerton College, Cambridge,
Sept 15th-17th, 2015.

There is one large-scale motif running through the two books that has largely escaped critical attention – the pervasive mediaeval theme. It is remarkable that there has been little examination main context of the Alice stories, the mediaeval temperament of many of the characters. The present treatment focuses on some remarkable parallels between the travails of the fictional Alice and a historical Alice who lived in the time of the knights and castles, duchesses and chess games that figure so largely in the narrative. This earlier Alice spent her life as a trading pawn of the Plantagenet and Capetian monarchs of England and France, a lost soul on the checkerboard of 12th century territorial intrigues. She was a daughter of King Louis VII of France known as Alice of the Vexin, an aptly eponymous territory that has been the site of struggles between the English and continental powers from the 10th to the 20th centuries. For much of her life, this Princess Alice was held hostage by the Plantagenet court, successively held as a bargaining chip by Queen Eleanor and King Henry II, and their sons Richard the Lionheart and John.

I will explore the proposition that Lewis Carroll, in his efforts to beguile the young Alice Liddell on their boat trips between Oxford and Woodstock might have drawn inspiration for many aspects of the Alice stories from the local mediaeval history of two of the principal castles of these towns, Beaumont Palace and Woodstock Castle, which served as two of the courts of these protagonists (and where both Plantagenet princes were born). As the son of a mediaevalist (Rev Charles Dodgson), Lewis Carroll had ample opportunity for exposure to these stories, known from the mediaeval history of Ranulf Higden of Cheshire.

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Free Arts Day Festival October 17th

To celebrate National Arts & Humanities Month the El Cerrito Arts & Culture Commission is sponsoring a free Arts Day Festival on Saturday October 17th from 1 to 5 pm at El Cerrito City Hall.

To celebrate National Arts & Humanities Month the El Cerrito Arts & Culture Commission is sponsoring a free Arts Day Festival on Saturday October 17th from 1 to 5 pm at El Cerrito City Hall.

Activities and performances include a puppet show by Children’s Fairyland puppeteers, sidewalk chalk art, surf music by the Del Mars, film short by Les Blank, poetry reading by Kirk Lumpkin, street photography workshop, and classical chamber music performances by the KSO Trio and the JCT Trio. Painter Deb Danziger will give an artist’s talk about her solo exhibition in the City Hall Gallery, entitled Beyond & Below, and we’ll have a creative reuse “Make ‘n Take” booth.

Local arts and cultural groups with exhibits include Playland Not-At-The-BeachThe Arts & Culture Commission of Contra Costa County, the El Cerrito Historical Society, and the Shadi Holiday Display Committee.

Want to get involved with or volunteer to help out? Are you hosting an arts or cultural event, performance or exhibit in October in El Cerrito that you’d like to have included on the Arts Month web page? Other questions? Call Suzanne Iarla at 510-215-4318. For more information, including tentative times (which will be updated if revised), check out my blog post.

Screening of the optical movie ‘Tim’s Vermeer’

Screening of the optical movie ‘Tim’s Vermeer’ followed by presentations and panel discussion by Tim Jenison, Philip Steadman, Christopher Tyler and Sir Colin Blakemore. European Conference on Visual Perception, Liverpool, August 22-28th

Screening of the optical movie Tim’s Vermeer followed by presentations and panel discussion by Tim Jenison, Philip Steadman, Christopher Tyler and Sir Colin Blakemore. European Conference on Visual Perception, Liverpool, August 22-28thhttp://www.ecvp.org/2015/everyman.html

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CFP: OFF THE LIP: Transdisciplinary Approaches to Cognitive Innovation

Proposals are invited for papers dealing with responses to the research challenge of cognitive innovation from the sciences and humanities. We are particularly interested in offering opportunities for reporting on recent and emerging work in all disciplines and will give special attention to speculative approaches that involve more than one discipline.

OFF THE LIP: Transdisciplinary Approaches to Cognitive Innovation
Workshop and Conference: Preliminary notice and call for participation
http://trans-techresearch.net/off-the-lip

(Deadline 14 February 2015)

7-11 September 2015
Workshops: 7-8 September,
Conference: 9-11September
University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK

Short papers, posters and workshop proposals are invited for a conference to be held at the University of Plymouth, UK between 7-11 September 2015.

About the Conference

The promise of cognitive innovation as a collaborative project in the sciences, arts and humanities is that we can approach creativity as a bootstrapping cognitive process in which the energies that shape the poem are necessarily indistinguishable from those that shape the poet. For the purposes of this conference the exploration of the idea of cognitive innovation concerns an understanding of creativity that is not exclusively concerned with conscious human thought and action but also as intrinsic to our cognitive development. As a consequence, we see the possibility for cognitive innovation to provide a theoretical and practical platform from which to address disciplinary differences in ways that offer new topics and concerns for research in the sciences and the humanities.

Papers should consider cognitive aspects of creativity, including but are not confined to:

– Poetics, language and cognition
– The dynamics and performativity of imagination
– Affect and named emotions
– Affective artefacts (artefacts as scaffolding device for mind)
– Creativity as a ‘self corrective process’
– Cognition as creativity
– Memory, metaphor, and media literacy
– Archives, identity and emotionality
– Art, mental health and consciousness
– Networking and Network Studies
– Creativity and mental imagery
– Creativity and innovation in development
– Social creativity
– Neuroscience of creativity
– Creativity as an iterative process
– Simulating and modelling creativity

Confirmed Plenary Speakers:

Amy Ione,
Director of the Diatrope Institute, Berkeley, California, USA

Roger Malina,
Distinguished Professor of Arts and Technology, Professor of Physics, University of Texas at Dallas, USA

Sundar Sarukkai,
Professor and Director of the Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities, Manipal, India

Workshops
The workshops will engage participants in the contributions made by past and current research in the Humanities in the understanding of cognition as a creative interaction with daily life. We are especially interested in case-studies and examples that will suggest how to build bridges between current trends in the cognitive sciences and established bodies of knowledge.
We are inviting proposals for workshops of 90-120 minutes comprising small panels, structured discussions and practical explorations. Small grants are available to support workshop logistics.

Conference papers
Proposals are invited for papers dealing with responses to the research challenge of cognitive innovation from the sciences and humanities. We are particularly interested in offering opportunities for reporting on recent and emerging work in all disciplines and will give special attention to speculative approaches that involve more than one discipline.
Papers (20 minutes) will be delivered in 30 minute slots to allow good time for discussion. Papers may also be presented as posters in the interactive poster+ session.

Poster+
We encourage non-traditional forms of research presentations in the context of the familiar conference poster event.

CogSlam
Propose 6-minute cognition-related artworks including screenings, mini-lectures and performances to be interleaved with spontaneous contributions from delegates reflecting on the day’s discussions and exchanges.

To submit a paper,poster or CogSlam please send a title and abstract of no more than 300 words together with a brief bio to Dr. Rebecca Pearce:
rebecca.pearce@plymouth.ac.uk

If you would like to propose a workshop, please send a workshop title and brief abstract of 300-500 words and an outline of expected costs to Prof. Michael Punt: michael.punt@plymouth.ac.uk
(Deadline 14 February 2015)

Fees
There are no conference registration fees for students and a nominal fee of € 50 for all other participants to cover lunches and coffee, with an additional € 30 for those delegates wishing to attend the conference dinner. The conference administrator will assist with bookings for accommodation if required.
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Off the Lip is a collaboration between CogNovo (cognovo.eu)and Transtechnology Research (trans-techresearch.net),at the Cognition Institute, University of Plymouth.CogNovo (FP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN604764) is funded by the EU Marie Curie programme.

5th World Children’s Festival at The National Mall (July 4, 2015)

The World Children’s Festival (WCF) has become a permanent quadrennial event in our nation’s capital since it was first launched in 1999 as the “Olympics” of children’s imagination and co-creation. More information: www.WorldChildrensFestival.org.

More information:  www.WorldChildrensFestival.org.

The World Children’s Festival (WCF) has become a permanent quadrennial event in our nation’s capital since it was first launched in 1999 as the “Olympics” of children’s imagination and co-creation. This international educational event advances a global movement for children’s creative and empathic development sparked some twenty years ago from Washington, D.C. by the International Child Art Foundation as the building block for universal prosperity and peace.

Since early this year we have been organizing our 5th Arts Olympiad, a free-of-charge program that commences in classrooms worldwide with a structured lesson plan and leads to school art contests. The WCF2015 will honor the Arts Olympiad winners, representing every U.S. state and territory and nearly a hundred countries.
Free and open to the public, the WCF promotes global thinking and mutual understanding by bringing together artistically imaginative children from across America to interact with their creative peers from around the world. We uniquely advance U.S. cultural diplomacy by hosting our international delegates at the homes of U.S. military families in the Greater Washington Area for the festival week.

The theme of the WCF2015 is “Creativity, Diversity, and Unity.” In a setting of global community, the production and exhibition of amazing works by children and professional artists, the electrifying performances by young musicians and dancers, and the exhilarating activities and workshops by international educators will collectively create a synesthetic experience-a total work of art on The National Mall. The festival will be a transformative experience for the children, inspiring them to co-create a more just, prosperous and peaceful world.

ANNOUNCING OPEN CALL! for “SCIENCE INSPIRES ART: The BRAIN,”

ANNOUNCING OPEN CALL! for “SCIENCE INSPIRES ART: The BRAIN,” the 16th international art-sci juried exhibition organized by Art & Science Collaborations, that will be held at the New York Hall of Science from October 11, 2014 – March 29, 2015.

ANNOUNCING OPEN CALL! for “SCIENCE INSPIRES ART: The BRAIN,” the 16th international art-sci juried exhibition organized by Art & Science Collaborations, that will be held at the New York Hall of Science from October 11, 2014 – March 29, 2015.

This year’s distinguished Co-Jurors are: Anjan Chatterjee, a neuroscientist and author of the book The Aesthetic Brain: How We Evolved to Desire Beauty and Enjoy Art (Nov.2013), and Stephen Nowlin, artist & Director of the Williamson Gallery at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California; Deadline: Aug.24, 2014. Details online at:

http://www.asci.org/artikel1361.html
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Art-Science-Collaborations-Inc-ASCI/177473292309462
Blog: http://scienceinspiresart.tumblr.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArtSciCollabINC

ASCI Open Call: SCIENCE INSPIRES ART: THE COSMOS

Announcing the Open Call for Entries…
SCIENCE INSPIRES ART: THE COSMOS
the 15th, international, competition-exhibition to be held at the New York Hall of Science August 31, 2013 – March 2, 2014

Announcing the Open Call for Entries…
SCIENCE INSPIRES ART: THE COSMOS
the 15th, international, competition-exhibition
to be held at the New York Hall of Science August 31, 2013 – March 2, 2014

Organized by Art & Science Collaborations, Inc. (ASCI) 

INTRODUCTION

Ever since early humans looked up in wonder at the sun, moon, and stars, we’ve been on a quest to decipher the mysteries of our cosmos. The vastness and unreachability of the “unknown” captivates the imaginations of scientists and artists alike.

The stream of new technologies and results of scientific experiments that inform our new understandings of the nature of the cosmos, inspire artists to create new works in all media and genres. And both the macro and the micro play leading roles as primary sources for contemporary creativity. Whether it’s flashes of the most ancient light left from the Big Bang, Curiosity Rover’s rock-testing for signs of microbial life on Mars, the image of a galaxy’s huge black hole eating a star, or finally knowing the nature of matter itself via the atom-smashing, Large Hadron Collider — all evocatively engage the mind and the spirit.

More than mere depictions of scientific data, artists strive to create expressions of how this expanding knowledge of our cosmos makes them feel. Many ancient cultures did this by devising stories and pictorial representations of star constellations. More recently, the astonishing “what-if” nature of writers like Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, birthed new narratives that culminated in the golden age of science fiction in literature, on TV with Star Trek, and in movies like Star Wars. It didn’t matter that these other-worldly fantasies about alien planets or aliens visiting our planet were unrealistic, their mass audience appeal remains alive and well today. The lure is understandable, as there is still so much unknown and mysterious about the cosmos.

Art & Science Collaborations is also on a mission of discovery. If your original art [executed in any visual media and documented via stunning images] relates to astronomy (including astrophysics, astrochemistry, astrobiology, astrogeology), questions of cosmology, extra-terrestrials, or the nature of matter and/or time in relation to universal laws — we look forward to your submissions!

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SEAD (Network for Science, Engineering, Art, and Design) Event: May 16th DASAR at CPNAS

On May 16th the CPNAS DASER program explores the topic of SEAD: The Network for Science, Engineering, Art, and Design.

Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences announces the D.C. Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER), a monthly discussion forum on art and science projects in the national capital region and beyond. This month, DASER explores the topic of SEAD: The Network for Science, Engineering, Art, and Design. The event is on Thursday, May 16 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. EST (doors open at 5:30) in Room 100 of the Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W. American Sign Language Interpretation will be provided. Reservations and photo IDs are required. To make a reservation, visit http://may16daser.eventbrite.com/.

For those unable to attend, the event will be viewable via live webcast beginning at 5:30p.m. EST. To access the live webcast, visit http://www.cpnas.org/events/051613.html

Join the live Twitter discussion by following @CPNAS and the hash tag #DASER.

Join the DASER Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/218532914912236/

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Tenth Annual National Conference of the American Synesthesia Association

The tenth Annual Synesthesia Conference of the American Synesthesia Association will take place on May 31 through June 2, 2013 at OCAD University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Keynote Speaker: Noam Sagiv.

I’m sorry I’m going to miss the American Synesthesia Association conference this year. I always learn so much at these events and although the attendees are always quite diverse, it is the kind of atmosphere where communication is encouraged, despite one’s background or language.

The upcoming, Tenth Annual National Conference of the American Synesthesia Association will take place on May 31 through June 2, 2013 at OCAD University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Keynote Speaker: Noam Sagiv, Centre for Cognition and Neuroimaging, Brunel University, London, United Kingdom.

Click here for the Abstracts, links to accommodations and registration info.

For some of the flavor, check out my reviews of earlier are conferences: 2008 Conference at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and the 2004 conference at UC Berkeley