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The International Ernst Mach Institute for Empirical-Genetic Education and Management

Currently accepting proposals for the 2nd International Conference on
Ernst Mach and Erkenntnis-Theory
Deadline: proposal submission period is now closed.

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Who We Are

International Ernst Mach Institute is dedicated to the history, philosophy, pedagogy and other ideas of Ernst Mach as well as those people that he influenced and their ideas. Related areas include- scientific, psychological, educational, historical, philosophical, artistic, mathematical, anthropological, linguistic, and related topics Related pedagogies, scientific ideas, and educational philosophies of Mach have been traced to other individuals including John Dewey, William James, Albert Einstein and others (Bohr, Planck, von Laue, Raman, Heisenberg, Rabi, Feyerabend, Popper, Bruner, Loeb, Pierce, Frank, Binet, Drucker, Piaget, and others).

About 100 years ago, Albert Einstein asked the question, why the physicists of his generation were so outstanding. In his obituary to Mach in 1916, he suggested that this was because of Mach's erkenntnis-theory (theory of knowledge/cognition), which he and his colleagues had "sucked-in with mother's milk". Unfortunately, he was not able to tell exactly what it was that had produced the effect and how one could reproduce it. The question was picked-up by Heisenberg's assistant Karl Friedrich von Weizsaecker, who gave it to his assistant Joachim Thiele, who in turn influenced Karl Hayo Siemsen, one of the founders of the Institute. Several researchers have now been able to consistently reproduce the effect Einstein had described and related effects of empirical-genetic learning, such as exponential learning effects, "very difficult" topics becoming suddenly "very easy", etc. Individuals in our Institute have now researched about 20 cases around the world at different times and in diverse areas, such as the Finnish science education documented in the OECD PISA study, groups of "laggards" suddenly becoming very good, etc. Mach's erkenntnis-theory leads to a similarity in thinking in very diverse areas. The participants are often surprised to find "friends in thought" in very different areas and to be able to discuss with them without misunderstandings or much detailing.

We wish to bring together “friends in thought” as we consider these ideas in research, scholarship and teaching.

Our Goals

Research and apply Mach's (and related) ideas of learning and knowledge in diverse areas, such as education or management. The applications can be in intuitive learning, games, hapts and enacts, basic concept formation, programs, and more.

Related Research

Related research can be on the application of empirical-genetic learning in different areas or on the genetic origin of this learning and similar/compatible approaches elsewhere. We are dedicated to the history and ideas of Ernst Mach -- scientific, psychological, educational, historical, philosophical, artistic, mathematical, anthropological, linguistic, and related topics. Related pedagogies, scientific ideas, and educational philosophies of Mach have been traced to other individuals including John Dewey, William James, Albert Einstein and others (Bohr, Planck, von Laue, Raman, Heisenberg, Rabi, Feyerabend, Popper, Bruner, Loeb, Pierce, Frank, Binet, Drucker, Piaget, and others.

How to Join

Please fill out the form at this link https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ZhboZwWX5IPT8LzLoReG5WO19-VViXg6J9WOKKrZ4v4/viewform if you are interested in officially joining this organization. Membership dues: $60 USD annually. Students and retired individuals dues are $30 USD annually. If you have difficulty with the form, please contact the Mach Institute officers at machconference@gmail.com. Members will have a reduced registration fee for the conference.

Schools, Colleges and Universities Associated with the Mach Institute

  • Hochschule Emden/Leer
  • California State University Long Beach

Call for Proposals

2nd International Conference on Ernst Mach and Erkenntnis-Theory

California State University Long Beach
Long Beach, California
July 26-28, 2014
proposal submission period is now closed.

Submission

Proposal submission period is now closed.

Conference Description

The 2nd meeting of the International Group on Ernst Mach and Erkenntis-Theory which is part of the International Ernst Mach Institute for Empirical-Genetic Education and Management will be held at the California State University Long Beach campus in Long Beach California (southern California) on July 26-28, 2014. The conference organizers invite members, and all others interested, to submit proposals for posters, individual papers (15-20 minutes), and symposia (30 minutes) for inclusion in the conference program. Theoretical and empirical research, literature reviews, papers on philosophy, and descriptions of programs linked to the history and ideas of Ernst Mach -- scientific, psychological, educational, historical, philosophical, artistic, mathematical, anthropological, linguistic, and related topics are invited. This conference is designed to allow scholars from diverse fields to connect with others, to discover common threads, to examine possible scholarly influences, and to collaborate in future endeavors – to celebrate and explore ideas influenced by or related to Ernst Mach.

Erkenntinis theory (Erkenntnistheorie in German means something in-between theory of knowledge, cognition and epistemology, though it is not simply one of these) has ties to progressive education, active learning, the role of play in child development, and gestalt pedagogies. Related pedagogies, scientific ideas, and educational philosophies of Mach have been traced to other individuals including John Dewey, William James, Albert Einstein and others (Bohr, Planck, von Laue, Raman, Heisenberg, Rabi, Feyerabend, Popper, Bruner, Loeb, Pierce, Frank, Binet, Drucker, Piaget, and others*).

Immediately following the conference will be a workshop dedicated to the theoretical, practical, and pedagogical aspects of Erkenntnis theory as it plays out in school systems. Educators, researchers and other interested parties are invited to participate. Details about this workshop will be posted shortly.

Deadline

Proposal submission period is now closed.

Registration Information

120 Euro ($160 US dollars); Reduced fees when possible (upon request). 75 E Students (US Conversion ... $100) includes 2-year membership fee.

Contact

If you have questions, please contact the conference co-chairs for more information at machconference@gmail.com.

Lisa Martin-Hansen
Science Education, California State University Long Beach, CA.
Mach Institute conference Co-chair.

Hayo Siemsen
Wadgassen, Germany.
Mach Institute conference co-chair.

References

  • Siemsen, H. (2014). Ernst Mach: A genetic introduction to his educational theory and pedagogy. Published in Matthews MR (ed.) (2014) International Handbook of Research in History, Philosophy and Science Teaching. Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Holton, G. (1992). Ernst Mach and the Fortunes of Positivism in America. Isis, 83/1, March, 27 60.
  • Siemsen, H. (2010a). Intuition in the scientific process and the intuitive "error" of science. In: Columbus, A. M. (Ed.) Advances in Psychology Research. Vol. 72. Nova Science, Hauppauge, 1-62.
  • Siemsen, H. (2010b). Alfred Binet and Ernst Mach. Similarities, differences and influences. University of Nancy, Revue Recherches & Éducations, 3/2010: 352-403.