Author P. Cariani
Peter Cariani’s training and work has involved theoretical biology, biological cybernetics, auditory neuroscience, and theoretical/computational neuroscience (B.S. 1978, MIT, biology; M.S. 1982, Ph.D. 1989, Binghamton University, systems science). His doctoral work developed a semiotics of percept–action systems, formulated a taxonomy of selfconstructing adaptive systems, and explored epistemic implications of evolutionary robotics. His subsequent work in auditory neurophysiology at Eaton-Peabody Laboratory for Auditory Physiology involved investigation of temporal neural codes for musical pitch and consonance in the auditory system. In 2009 he edited a book on architectural acoustics by Yoichi Ando, Auditory and Visual Sensations. Currently (2019) he is affiliated with Boston University (Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Hearing Research) and Harvard Medical School (Clinical Instructor , Part-time in Otology and Laryngology). Cariani also has taught courses related to music perception and cognition at several Boston-area institutions (MIT, Harvard, Tufts, Boston Conservatory, Boston Conservatory at Berklee College of Music) as well as a course on consciousness studies (Boston Conservatory.) He is currently working on temporal correlation models for musical pitch and rhythm and on general purpose neural timing net architectures, and is writing a book on music, temporal codes, and the brain.

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Cariani P. (1991) Some epistemological implications of devices which construct their own sensors and effectors. In: Varela F. J. & Bourgine P. (eds.) Towards a Practice of Autonomous Systems. MIT Press, Cambridge MA: 484–493. Fulltext at
Cariani P. (1992) Emergence and artificial life. In: Langton C. G., Taylor C., Farmer J. D. & Rasmussen S. (eds.) Artificial life II. Addison-Wesley, Redwood City CA: 775–798. Fulltext at
Cariani P. (1993) To evolve an ear: Epistemological implications of Gordon Pask’s electrochemical devices. Systems Research 10(3): 19–33. Fulltext at
Cariani P. (1997) Emergence of new signal-primitives in neural systems. Intellectica 25: 95–143. Fulltext at
Cariani P. (2000) Regenerative process in life and mind. In: Chandler J. & Van de Vijver G. (eds.) Closure: Emergent organizations and their dynamics. New York Academy of Sciences, New York: 26–34.
Cariani P. (2001) Symbols and dynamics in the brain. BioSystems 60(1–3): 59–83. Fulltext at
Cariani P. (2002) Temporal codes, timing nets, and music perception. Journal of New Music Research 30(2): 107–136. Fulltext at
Cariani P. (2007) Realism and its Discontents. Constructivist Foundations 3(1): 11–12. Fulltext at
Cariani P. (2009) The homeostat as embodiment of adaptive control. International Journal of General Systems 38(2): 139–154. Fulltext at
Cariani P. (2010) On the Importance of Being Emergent. Extended Review of “Emergence and Embodiment: New Essays on Second-Order Systems Theory” edited by Bruce Clark and Mark B. N. Hanson.Duke University Press, Durham, 2009. Constructivist Foundations 5(2): 86-91. Fulltext at
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