[Fis] French Chapter

Michel Petitjean petitjean.chiral at gmail.com
Mon Oct 28 13:31:10 CET 2019

Dear Pedro, dear FISers,
Joseph Brenner accepted to join our french chapter.
His contribution follows.
Thanks to Pedro for having informed the board of the composition of the
french chapter.
Best regards,

Contribution from Joseph:
> Dear Michel, Pedro, Christian, Christophe and Ramon,
> Thank you for your kind agreement with my participation in the French
Chapter. Herewith the requested information (I do not have an url). Please
feel free to shorten it as you see fit.
>    I am an American citizen, born in Paris, and educated in the U.S. with
a Ph. D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin. My family
and I have resided in Switzerland since 1965.
>    After retiring from a career in the chemical industry, I joined the
International Center for Transdisciplinary Studies, Paris, in 1999, working
with its President, Basarab Nicolescu.
> The objective of my first work was to make available in English the
philosophical logic of the Franco-Romanian thinker, Stéphane Lupasco.
>    After meeting Wolfgang Hofkirchner (2004) and Pedro (2007), I started
trying to apply this system to problems in information, first to its
science, now more recently to its philosophy. I have been a member of FIS
for about 10 years..
>    Since I am self-educated in logic and philosophy, I continue to try to
learn how better to apply my logic to the properties and dynamics of
information and to philosophy and knowledge in general.
>    In addition to the on-going support and encouragement of Pedro and
Wolfgang, I have benefited greatly from discussions with Mark Burgin,
Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic and Wu Kun, Director of the International Center for
the Philosophy of Information, Xi’An, China. I am an Associate Director of
this Center, and on the Editorial Boards of the journals Information and
Philosophies. I have been involved with the International Society for
Studies of Information from its inception in 2011, as  Vice-President for
Transdisciplinary Projects. I am also participating in two parallel
projects of Hofkirchner: 1) the recently reorganized Unified Theory of
Information initiative and 2) the Institute for a Global Sustainable
Information Society (GSIS).
>    My major current interest is in relating information to recent work in
the area of post-von Bertalanffy Systems Theory.,
> Best regards and wishes,
> Joseph

Le ven. 25 oct. 2019 à 18:13, Michel Petitjean <petitjean.chiral en gmail.com>
a écrit :
> Dear Pedro, dear FISers,
> Please let me introduce the french chapter that we just created wthe the
help of Pedro, in view of the FIS-IS4SI collaboration project.
> Today, we count four members: Christian, Christophe, Ramon, and myself.
> You can read more about us below.
> Of course the french chapter is opened to more members.
> The french nationality is not required: a clear link with France suffices.
> Please contact us if you are interested.
> Thank you.
> Best regards,
> Michel.
> ...........................
> Contribution from Christian:
> ...........................
> Dear All,
> In a few lines :
> Organisational dynamics around the collective production of information
and communication processes, particularly in the sectors of healthcare,
social protection and the social economy, cultural heritage and territorial
development. Qualified positioning of ICOE: Information and Communication
Organizing Ecosystems (organizations, companies, social groups,
territories, etc.)
> Competitive Intelligence (decision support, innovation) and Territorial
Intelligence (observatories, actors engagement and cooperation around
shared knowledge for the sustainable development of territories, or as a
lever of resilience, especially of weakened territories.
> Competitive Intelligence as organizational intelligence and evaluation
(quality approach, relevance and consistency of data) as an aid to the
development of organizations and territories.
> Best regards
> Christian
> Professeur des Universités en Sciences de l'Information et de la
> Institut Francilien d'Ingénierie des Services (IFIS)
> Directeur Adjoint Equipe de recherche DICEN IDF et IFIS
> T : 01 60 95 78 01 - F : 01 60 95 78 33
> Campus du Val d'Europe Bâtiment Erasme - Bureau 117
> christian.bourret en u-pem.fr
> UPEM - Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée
> 77454 MARNE-LA-VALLÉE CEDEX 2 - [ http://www.u-pem.fr/ | WWW.U-PEM.FR ]
> ............................
> Contribution from Christophe:
> ............................
>  Dear all,
> in a few lines, my interest goes with evolutionary approaches to meaning
generation and to self-consciousness.
> * Meaning generation:
> - Model of meaning generation usable for animals, humans and AAs. (the
Meaning Generator System)  https://philpapers.org/rec/MENICA-2)
> - Meaningful representations used in an evolutionary background (
> - Use the MGS for TT, SGP, CRA to address the limits of AI  (
> * Self-Consciousness:
> - Meaningful representations allowing an evolutionary scenario for
self-consciousness (https://philpapers.org/rec/MENPFA-3)
> - Self-conciousness and anxiety limitation as sharing a common
evolutionary nature (https://philpapers.org/rec/MENPFA-4)
> - Evolutionary scenario linking human evil to the nature of
self-consciousness (https://philpapers.org/rec/MENSAH)
> All the best
> Christophe (http://crmenant.free.fr/Home-Page/index.HTM)
> .......................
> Contribution from Ramon:
> .......................
> Dear Michel,
> Here I am sending you a few lines about my activities and research
interests connected to information.
> Also, a web site that although tis not updated or complete, it's
> I work at the Integrative Neuroscience and Cognition Center (before the
 LPP , Laboratoire de Psychologie de la Perception) at Paris Descartes.
> I am interesting in two aspects of information in connexion with
> First, the efficient coding of perception and cognition by minimizing the
redundancy between different communication channels in the brain (efficient
coding hypothesis).
> I have studied this mainly in the acoustic system.
> Second, the emergence of consciousness as a result of a maximization of
information in functional networks. This leads to the idea that
consciousness is a state of optimal functionality of brain networks, a
state of intermediate neural synchronization. In pathologies such as
epilepsy, neural synchronization can even lead to the lost of
consciousness. This makes sense, as synchronized signals are typically
oscillations, conveying less information that more noisy signals. The same
is true for deep states of sleep. Interestingly, for sleep states with
dreams (REM phase) information in brain networs is high.
> I am happy to be part of this group!
> Best,
> Ramon
> .......................
> Contribution from Michel:
> .......................
> Dear All,
> I worked on cheminformation.
> Chemical information is stored mainly in chemical data banks.
> Taken one by one, data records are just ...data.
> Analyzed all together, information and knowledge can be revealed.
> This is true in other fields.
> However, here, the main recorded data is the molecule.
> It is a rather strange object, which must be handled with specific tools.
> A part of my cheminformatics work can be found at:
> http://petitjeanmichel.free.fr/itoweb.petitjean.grapĥs.html
> I have other topics of interest: symmetry, and particularly chirality
> (see below the url of my welcome page about chirality).
> All my best,
> Michel.
> Michel Petitjean
> Université de Paris, BFA, CNRS UMR 8251, INSERM ERL U1133, F-75013 Paris,
> Phone: +331 5727 8434; Fax: +331 5727 8372
> E-mail: petitjean.chiral en gmail.com (preferred),
>         michel.petitjean en univ-paris-diderot.fr
> http://petitjeanmichel.free.fr/itoweb.petitjean.html
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