Ioan Muntean of Engineering Faculty Presents Brown Bag Talk on Feb. 11Posted: The next Ramsey Library Brown Bag talk will take place from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11 in Special Collections. This talk is free and open to the public.
Ioan Muntean, adjunct assistant professor and faculty research fellow in engineering will present Modularity and tractability - How deep is their relation? A mild skepticism, and offers this description of his talk:
Modularity is, roughly speaking, the idea that any system can be decomposed in a series of subsystems, each of them having a limited interaction with a limited number of neighboring subsystems. Many philosophers of science believe modularity is a “natural kind” of many, if not all, scientific disciplines: biology, physics, some social sciences, and most importantly cognitive science. Is modularity a feature of the world, or a feature of our representations? In this presentation I focus on the latter, and raise some concerns about the argument for modularity based on computational tractability. For some, tractability is supporting scientific understanding and explanation. Based on an argument from numerical simulation, I conclude that such an inference is not warranted.
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Internship Expo Set for Feb. 11 at Noon in HighsmithPosted: UNC Asheville's Career Center will hold an internship expo for students from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11 in Highsmith Union, Alumni Hall.
Considering a summer or fall internship? Here's your chance to meet hiring managers from 5 local organizations and several on-campus departments. Join us to explore local internship opportunities and learn how an internship can jump-start your career.
Talk by Literary Scholar Added to Lineup of Salman Rushdie EventsPosted: Post-Colonialism, Hybridity, and Rushdie, a lecture by Vanessa Guignery, professor of English literature at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Lyon, France, and the author of seven books on recent British and Commonwealth fiction, will take place at noon on Thursday, Feb. 18, in Karpen Hall, Laurel Forum. Free.
For complete information on the free public lecture by Salman Rushdie and related events, see the news release.