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Book Spotlight: Foundations of Relational Realism: A Topological Approach to Quantum Mechanics and the Philosophy of Nature by CPNS Research Fellows Michael Epperson and Elias Zafiris

In this unique two-part volume, Michael Epperson and Elias Zafiris chart out a novel, intuitive, event-ontological interpretation of quantum mechanics formalized via the mathematics of category theory and algebraic topology.

 
 

CPNS Announces New History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) Program

Sacramento State's HPS Program includes new course offerings in the Department of History, visiting scholars, graduate student liaisons, and more.

 

Ontogenesis Process Group

Sha Xin Wei (ASU), Stuart Kauffman (Santa Fe), Giuseppe Longo (École Normale Supérieure), Adam Nocek (ASU), Cary Wolfe (Rice), Phillip Thurtle (Univ. of Washington), Gaymon Bennett (ASU), Erin Espelie (University of Colorado Boulder), Michael Epperson (CPNS - CSUS). The Ontogenesis Process Group is a research stream animated by the thesis that the living world in all its modes—biological, semiotic, economic, affective, social, etc.—escapes finite schema of description. Our work is based on a deep and sustained engagement with biological, physical, and computational sciences, operating in conjunction with anthropological, philosophical, and artistic modes of inquiry.

 
 
 

Book Spotlight: CPNS Senior Fellow Stuart Kauffman

There are "great thinkers" who go far beyond the equations, formulas, and research. Stuart Kauffman is one of those great thinkers. He has dedicated his lifetime to researching "complex systems" at prestigious institutions. With Humanity in a Creative Universe, his focus is the most complex system of all: our universe. (See a preprint of Kauffman's latest paper with Ruth Kastner and Michael Epperson here. See also Tom Siegfried's review article on this paper in Science News)

 
   
 

Michael Epperson - Founding Director & Principal Investigator

The Center for Philosophy and the Natural Sciences, in affiliation with the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the Department of History at California State University Sacramento, and the Institute of Mathematics at the University of Athens, Greece, engages in research and scholarship that explores the philosophical implications underlying recent innovations in contemporary science, including those occurring in the areas of quantum physics, cosmology, and the study of complex adaptive systems. This exploration is, in part, a speculative philosophical enterprise intended to contribute to the framework of a suitable bridge by which scientific and philosophical concepts might not only be cross-joined, but mutually supported.

In addition to our research, teaching, and publication initiatives, our mission is to foster and enhance the understanding of modern science and its philosophical, historical, cultural, and social implications. Our work in this regard extends beyond the scholarly community and into the arena of education and public discourse. Topics include history and philosophy of science, science and technology in society, bioethics, science education, and other practical applications.

 
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Foundations of Relational Realism: The Evolution of Set Theoretic External Relations to Category Theoretic Internal Relations Toward an Event-Ontological, Topological Approach to Quatnum Mechanics

Principal Investigator: Michael Epperson, Director, CPNS, California State University, Sacramento. Co-Investigators: Elias Zafiris, Senior Research Fellow in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics, University of Athens; Karim Bschir, Research Fellow, Philosophy of Science, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology; Timothy Eastman, NASA-Goddard; Stuart Kauffman, Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of Pennsylvania.

 

June 17-20, 2018 - 18th Annual Biosemiotics Gathering - UC Berkeley
- Presentation, Michael Epperson: Quantum Origins of Ontic Emergence
February 8-12, 2018 Ontogenetics Process Group – Santa Fe, New Mexico - Workshop: Stuart Kauffman, Complexity Theory; Sha Xin Wei, Arts, Media & Engineering, ASU; Philip Thurtle, Comp. History of Ideas, Univ. of Washington; Michael Epperson, History and Philosophy of Science, CSUS-CPNS; Cary Wolfe, Cultural Theory, Rice University; Adam Nocek, Arts, Media & Engineering, ASU; Erin Espelie, Film Studies & Critical Media Practices, University of Colorado Boulder, Editor-in Chief, Natural History magazine.
November 13-15, 2017 Beyond Complexity: The Biosocial After the Digital – Arizona State University - Presentation, Michael Epperson: “Contextual Measurement in Quantum Mechanics: Inducing the Objective Global from the Subjective Local.”
April 19-23, 2017 - Arizona State University - School of Arts, Media, and Engineering - Ontogenesis Group - Inaugural Workshop - Santa Fe, New Mexico - Stuart Kauffman; Sha Xin Wei, Arts, Media & Engineering, ASU; Michael Epperson, History and Philosophy of Science, CSUS-CPNS; Cary Wolfe, Rice University; Philip Thurtle, Univ. of Washington; Adam Nocek, ASU
January 13-16, 2016 - Arizona State University - School of Arts, Media, and Engineering - Synthesis Center - Workshop: "Quantum Mechanics + Category Theory After Deleuze and Badiou"

June 4-7, 2015 - Pomona College: 10th International Whitehead Conference: 5 presentations - Michael Epperson: [1] Section IV, Track 2 “The Ontology of Contextualized Potentiality: Whiteheadian Internal Relations in Quantum Mechanics”; [2] Section IV, Track 7: "A Whiteheadian Look at Tononi and Koch’s Integrated Information Theory"; [3] Section II, Track 1: “A Mereotopological Bridging of Prehension and Extension in Whiteheadian Cosmology”; [4] Section IX, Track 4: “The Whiteheadian Path from Quantum Physics to Psychology”; Elias Zafiris: Section IV, “Sheaves of Boolean Internal Relational Frames: A Whiteheadian Approach to Quantum Geometry”

November 19, 2014 - CSUS History and Philosophy of Science Program - Visiting Scholar Dr. Robert Geyer, University of Lancaster: "Using Complexity to Help Understand and Manage Public Policy" - 5:30 - 7:30 pm Petris Room, University Library Rm. 3023 - FREE PARKING PERMIT

November 5 & 6, 2014 - CSUS History and Philosophy of Science Program - Visiting Scholar - Dr. Timothy Eastman, NASA Goddard:
Nov. 5: "Cosmic Agnosticism: Current Problems and Alternative Perspectives in Cosmology" - 7 pm, University Library, Rm. 3023
Nov. 6: "The Plasma Universe: Gravity Plus Electromagnetism"
Department of Physics Colloquium - California State University, Sacramento - 4:00 - 5:20, Mendocino Hall 1015

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