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The b elief that what mathematicians think and do is imp ortant\n to the philosophy of mathematics is a relatively recent\n position. This focus on mathematical practice suggests that\n resear ch into how mathematical definitions or axioms are \n motivated, representations changed, proble ms discovered and\n explained, analogies form ed between different mathematical\n fields, e tc., and how these processes grow out of biologica lly\n important competences in dealing effect ively with rich and\n complex environments, i s relevant and necessary. This contrasts\n th e traditional focus in philosophy on how mathemati cs should be\n done, or the epistemological s tatus of mathematical\n theorems. The new dir ection is complemented by recent work in\n co gnitive science on the origin and development of m athematical\n ideas. Researchers are now work ing at all levels to investigate\n how people , from young babies up to professionals and genius es\n are able to perform different mathematic al tasks.\n

\nWith the new appro ach in the philosophy of mathematics, and\n developments in cognitive science of mathematics and embodied\n cognition, we feel that the time is ripe for interaction between the\n fields. We hope to promote a sharing of ideas and enable an atmosphere\n in which new connect ions and collaborations are forged.\n

\n \n \nFor more information, see\n http://homepa ges.inf.ed.ac.uk/apease/aisb10/home.html\n

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We welcome submi ssions from anyone interested in themes such\n as those described above, and especially encoura ge\n interdisciplinary submissions which link previously unassociated\n fields. We welcom e full papers and short papers, where a full\n paper comprises a completed piece of work and a short paper\n describes ongoing work. Full pa pers should be between six and\n eight pages in length and short papers two pages. Accepted\n papers will be published in the AISB 2010 proc eedings.\n Submission deadline: 20th December , 2009.\n

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