[AMHSO] Re: suggestions

  • From: "Martin Schneider" <martin@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: amhso@xxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 1 Mar 2004 21:39:45 +0100 (CET)

Thanks Carlos,
that's really a good idea!

{ literature at the workshop }

I will bring along a huge box of literature, also referred to as the
rule110 fuzzylib.
Many of the books also analyse the phenomenon of love from various
perspectives. It's quite interesting to see how the concept of love has
changed over the past centuries.
Konrad and I have skipped through most of the fuzzylib books so we will be
able to give a short summary of the respective theories. But everyone is
invited to gain a deeper understanding by digging in the books at the

{ literature reviews }

If anyone already has read a book that may be related, please bring it
with you or write a short rewiew which you should poost on [rule110] list
rather than [AMHSO] because the reviews may be of general interest.

{ models explained }

As Carlos already suggested, the presentations concerned with the project
topics will refer to the state of the art, but they should also introduce
models from disciplins that haven't been explored in terms of computer
simulation yet. We should then discuss together how those models can
inspire new approaches to simulating the phenomenon in charge.

If anybody wants to contribute to the 'models explained' blocks, for
example by giving an introduction to the theories of C.S.Lewis, Dawkins or
any other author of your choice just prepare a few slides using our
stylesheets and send them to us!

{ scientific standard }

I'm pretty sure that most of you have much more expertise in the fields
that Konrad and I are going to talk about, than we do have ourselves.
So don't be shy and share your knowledge.

But even if topics like 'love' make the impression that everyone could
contribute by sharing their personal feelings about the subject, we don't
want to end up like a creative writing class.
This is science and we will sceptically dissect every theory that is put
forward with good old Occam's razor.


Since Occam is not joining the workshop, please bring your own razors :-)


> Hi all,
> I thought it would be good to start up the projects, that people who are
> familiar with the topics would give brief expositions/summaries of the
> "state of the
> art" of the research, so those of us who are not very familiar with the
> topics/problems/questions, get an idea of what we should discuss about
> and which silly arguments we should avoid.
> For example, I am not familiar with many of the specific topics of the
> Evolution and Love project. I would be happy if someone who has read
> some of the bibliography could summarize what people are arguing
> about. Well, I have read The Selfish Gene (few comments at
> http://homepages.vub.ac.be/~cgershen/doc/selfishGene.html ), so I can
> talk a bit about what all the fuzz surrounding it: problems in
> evolution of cooperation, group selection/kin selection/etc...
> I a bit familiar with memes, but not related to love...
> I am also reading now C. S. Lewis' "The Four Loves", and even when it
> is not scientific, I believe it could be useful to distinguish
> different types of love (affection, friendship, eros, charity),
> because I can see that each type could have a
> different explanation. Mainly, some types can have an evolutionary
> advantage, while others seem to be more cultural, and others probably
> even just an unexpected consequence of other mechanisms...
> Best regards,
>     Carlos Gershenson...
>     Centrum Leo Apostel, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
>     Krijgskundestraat 33. B-1160 Brussels, Belgium
>     http://homepages.vub.ac.be/~cgershen/
>   "The only mistake you can make is to believe you cannot make mistakes"

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