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Volume 9, Number 1
15 November 2013

Special Issue “Computational Approaches to Constructivism”, edited by Alexander Riegler & Tom Ziemke

Cover Art: “Exploration of Related Points Along a Space Filling Curve #2” © Don Relyea 2007, algorithmic composition

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Table of Contents

Editorial

Computation, Cognition and Constructivism: Introduction to the Special Issue

Alexander Riegler, John Stewart & Tom Ziemke

Target Article

Constructivism and Computation: Can Computer-Based Modeling Add to the Case for Constructivism?

Manfred Füllsack

Open Peer Commentaries

Are Computers Digital? Should Constructivists Care?

Stefano Franchi

Weak and Strong Constructivist Foundations

Marco C. Bettoni

The Construction of the Environment

Bernd Porr

Author’s Response: Constructivism as Possibility?

Manfred Füllsack

Target Article

Exploration of the Functional Properties of Interaction: Computer Models and Pointers for Theory

Etienne B. Roesch, Matthew Spencer, Slawomir J. Nasuto, Thomas Tanay & John Mark Bishop

Open Peer Commentaries

Systems Sciences and the Limitations of Computer Models of Constructivist Processes

Manfred Füllsack

Reactive Rules Alone Cannot Construct Cognition

Martin V. Butz

Self-organization in Brains

Peter Anthony Cariani

Towards Constructive Foundations of Cognitivism: Breaking in Open Doors?

Jiří Wiedermann

Single Agents Can Be Constructivist too

Olivier L. Georgeon & Salima Hassas

Authors’ Response: Learning, Anticipation and the Brain

Etienne B. Roesch, Matthew Spencer, Slawomir J. Nasuto, Thomas Tanay & John Mark Bishop

Target Article

A Computational Constructivist Model as an Anticipatory Learning Mechanism for Coupled Agent–Environment Systems

Filipo Studzinski Perotto

Open Peer Commentaries

To Bridge the Gap between Sensorimotor and Higher Levels, AI Will Need Help from Psychology

Frank Guerin

Environments Are Typically Continuous and Noisy

Martin V. Butz

The Power of Constructivist Ideas in Artificial Intelligence

Kristinn R. Thórisson

Anticipatory? Yes. Constructivist? Maybe

Georgi Stojanov

Action, Anticipation, and Construction: The Cognitive Core

Mark H. Bickhard

Representing Knowledge in a Computational Constructivist Agent

Thomas Degris

Some Comments on the Relationship Between Artificial Intelligence and Human Cognition

Bernard Scott

Author’s Response: Evaluating CALM

Filipo Studzinski Perotto

Target Article

Investigating Extended Embodiment Using a Computational Model and Human Experimentation

Yuki Sato, Hiroyuki Iizuka & Takashi Ikegami

Open Peer Commentaries

Goal-directed Action and Eligible Forms of Embodiment

David Vernon

Tool-use Leads to Bodily Extension, but not Bodily Incorporation: The Limits of Mind-as-it-could-be?

Tom Froese

Interaction-Dominant Dynamics and Extended Embodiment

Maurice J. Lamb & Anthony P. Chemero

Authors’ Response: From Bodily Extension to Bodily Incorporation

Yuki Sato, Hiroyuki Iizuka & Takashi Ikegami

Target Article

Homeostats for the 21st Century? Simulating Ashby Simulating the Brain

Stefano Franchi

Open Peer Commentaries

Standing on the Broad Shoulders of Ashby

Inman Harvey

From Fechner, via Freud and Pavlov, to Ashby

Helge Malmgren

Designing for Emergent Ultrastable Behaviour in Complex Artificial Systems – The Quest for Minimizing Heteronomous Constraints

Robert Lowe

Ashby’s Passive Contingent Machines Are not Alive: Living Beings Are Actively Goal-directed

Tom Froese

For Biological Systems, Maintaining Essential Variables Within Viability Limits Is Not Passive

Matthew Egbert

Interpreting Ashby – But which One?

David Vernon

The Self-moving Oil Droplet as a Homeostat

Takashi Ikegami

Author’s Response: Is the Homeostat a Passive Machine? Is Life a Passive Phenomenon?

Stefano Franchi

Target Article

A Cybernetic Computational Model for Learning and Skill Acquisition

Bernard Scott & Abhinav Bansal

Open Peer Commentaries

Early Computer Models of Cognitive Systems and the Beginnings of Cognitive Systems Dynamics

George Mallen

Quality and Qualifications

Gerard de Zeeuw

Taking Semantics and Embodiment into Account

John Stewart

On Models, Simulations, and the Relevancy of Biochemistry to Cognitive Functions

Stefano Franchi

Author’s Response: Explaining Cognition and Explaining Explaining

Bernard Scott

Reviews

Publication Review. Recent Books and Articles Related to Constructivist Approaches