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ESSLLI 2012, Opole, Poland
The Second Meeting of the GLLI
prof. Muszyński

On 18 February 2010, at 12.30, in the Blue Assembly Hall of Collegium Maius of Opole University, Prof. dr hab. Zbysław Muszyński of Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin delivered his interdisciplinary lecture under the title The naturalization of communication. The meaning, content and information in the world of relations of causal relations [connections]. This open lecture was organized by the Group of Logic, Language and Information and the Opole Branch of The Polish Philosophical Society.

Prof. Urszula Wybraniec-Skardowska opened the meeting welcoming all the invited guests, research workers and students of Opole University, students of doctoral courses, members of the Opole Group of the Philosophical Society, especially the lecturer of the day Prof. Zbysław Muszyński who delivered his lecture then.

The lecture was followed by a discussion which was multi-aspectual in its character and devoted to the concept of naturalization of communication. The participants raised the following questions: the problem of naturalization of communicating, cognitive assumptions of the concept of naturalization of communication, in particular, assumptions about individualism, the need to take into account a broad spectrum in studies in the naturalization of communication, as well as cybernetics-related aspects of research into its naturalization.

Next, Prof. Urszula Wybraniec-Skardowska invited those interested in the activity of the GLLI to take part in a meeting of the Group in the Plafond Room of Collegium Maius.

In the first part of the meeting, Prof. Janusz Czelakowski requested the participants to pay attention to the content of the webpage run by the Group and to forward remarks and comments relating to its content. He also informed the participants about the fact that the Group had acquired its own logo. Then, he drew the participants’ attention to the financial aspect behind the Group’s activity, declaring that the Group will endeavour to obtain EU grants. He also stressed the fact that Prof. Johan van Benthem had sent certain propositions in this respect. Afterwards, Prof. J. Czelakowski presented the schedule of lectures to be delivered in the current academic year, as well as proposals of those planned for October and December of the following academic year.

In the second part, which concerned the scientific activity of the Group, Prof. U. Wybraniec-Skardowska suggested that selected problems relating to the meeting points of logic, computer science and linguistics should be discussed during each meeting of the Group. She then proposed to start with a selected paper contained in the book entitled Informal Logic and Argumentation Theory. A student of the doctoral course in the Institute of Philosophy declared his readiness to prepare a review of one paper included in the collection and render it available for a discussion.

In the course of discussion, Dr Marek Krótkiewicz and Krystian Wojtkiewicz, M.A., informed the Group about their work on a project of the semantic basis of knowledge in the scope of: 1) division of knowledge into the “ontological stem” containing information about acceptable and unacceptable links between notions, 2) metalanguage (inner language) as a communication medium of the basis of knowledge, and 3) facts and rules recorded in the object-oriented structure in the form of SPO (Subject-Predicate-Object) as an alternative to the existing linguistic systems. They offered to present an outline of their project at the meeting of the Group in April.