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Journal of Mind Theory

An ASLab Journal

We all realise that the number of publications in the field of cognitive science is continuously growing. This makes the task of getting a state-of-the-art picture of the field an impossible task for any normal human.

We feel the need for simplification and focusing. We believe that the pursuit of the ultimate understanding of mind shall be easier if we are able to get rid of the decorative literature. While that kind of text usually embellishes the many insights on the nature of mind, a narrower focus on the very core issues is absolutely neccessary. Succinctness becomes a major target.

Hence, in the old way of the hard sciences, we strive for terse formalisations that will minimise the need of ink and paper and will hopefully convey precise, non-interpretable expressions of theories or hypotheses on mind nature.


Under this programme we are trying to launch yet another journal which intends this capture of a formal science of mind. Obviously formality and abstraction has been attempted in the past, but instead of focusing on a concrete formalism and/or a concrete target for formalisation, we open the domain to the mind at large without commiting to a particular language. The commitment is only with the objective: an unified formal theory of mind.

If we are succesful in this simplifying and focusing attempt, then there will be a single journal in the reading pile.


Ricardo Sanz ( )
Jaime Gomez ( )

Journal focus

The Journal of Mind Theory aims to stress the formal approach to the investigation of the mind. It is driven by the developing scientific view that intentions, thoughts and feelings are just natural phenomena and therefore can and must be explored within a strict scientific framework encompassing both theoretical and empirical concerns.
  • JMT seeks contributions that transcend the traditional disciplinary boundaries in cognitive science, encouraging articles from researchers interested in a formal approach to the analysis of cognition.
  • JMT emphasises the synthesis of ideas, constructs, theories, and techniques in the analysis of biological cognition and in the design of cognitive autonomous systems, offering a platform for addressing the problem of formalization of cognition from a systemic and naturalized perspective.
  • JMT coverage includes the classic topics of theory of mind but with a formal tint: perception and phenomenology, theory of knowledge, reasoning and causation, the role of mathematics and logic in cognitive systems and philosophical foundations of cognition.
  • JMT accepts experimental work insofar it addresses specific theories.
  • JMT looks for fresh thinking, vigorous debate, and careful analysis!

Tables of Contents

JMT Volume 0

JMT Vol. 0 No. 1

Vindication of a Rigorous Cognitive Science
Toward a Computational Theory of Mind
The Mind as an Evolving Anticipative Capability
The Challenges for Implementable Theories of Mind
Questions for a Journal of Mind Theory

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JMT Vol. 0 No. 2

Vindication of a Rigorous Cognitive Science
MENS, a mathematical model for cognitive systems
The Unbearable Heaviness of Being in Phenomenologist AI
Pragmatics and Its Implications for Multiagent Systems
Mimetic Minds as Semiotic Minds. How Hybrid Humans Make Up Distributed Cognitive Systems
Science is Culture:
Neuroeconomics and Neuromarketing. Practical Applications and Ethical Concerns

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Editorial Board

Albus, James
George Mason University, USA

Aleksander, Igor
Imperial College London, UK

Anderson, Michael L.
Franklin & Marshall College, USA

Baars, Bernard
Neurosciences Institute at La Jolla, USA

Baas, Nils
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Bedia, Manuel
University of Zaragoza, Spain

Bryson, Joanna
University of Bath, UK

Castelfranchi, Cristiano
Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, Italy

Chella, Antonio
University of Palermo, Italy

Chrisley, Ron
University of Sussex, UK

Cottam, Ron
Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

Ehresmann, Andree
Universite de Picardie Jules Verne, France

Eliasmith, Chris
Waterloo University, Canada

Franklin, Stan
University of Memphis, USA

Freeman, Walter
University of California, Berkeley, USA

Gardenfors, Peter
University of Lund, Sweden

Gomila, Toni
Universiy of Balearic Islands, Spain

Gudwin, Ricardo
University of Campinas, Brazil

Haikonen, Pentti
University of Illinois, USA

Heylighen, Francis
University of Brussels, Belgium

Longo, Giuseppe
Ecole Normale Superieure, France

Lopez, Ignacio
Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain

McCarthy, John
Stanford University, USA

Mahner, Martin
Gesellschaft zur wissenschaftlichen Untersuchung von Parawissenschaften e.V., Germany

Magnani, Lorenzo
University of Pavia, Italy

Perlovsky, Leonid
United States Air Force Research Laboratory, USA

Samad, Tariq
Honeywell, USA

Scheutz, Mathias
Indiana University, USA

Sloman, Aaron
Birmingham University, UK

Talmont-Kaminski, Konrad
Marie Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin, Poland

Taylor, John
King's College London, UK

Wiener, Sidney
College de France, France


Submissions for JMT shall be directed to the editors:

Ricardo Sanz ( )
Jaime Gomez ( )

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