Minds and Machines

Minds and Machines

You don't understand it if you don't know how to build it.

PHIL 4303.001 & PSYC 4390.002: Minds and Machines

Spring 2019
Don Berkich
TR 9:30 - 10:45, IH-156


Please note that this schedule is tentative and authoritative: Changes may be made, but they would be made here. Thus this page supersedes any page with which it conflicts..

Tue 1/15 Introduction  
Thu 1/17 The History of Cognition I: Ancient Philosophy  
Tue 1/22 The History of Cognition II: Modern Philosophy  
Thu 1/24 The History of Cognition III: Contemporary Philosophy Problem Set 01 Assigned
Tue 1/29 The History of Artificial Intelligence  
Thu 1/31 The Turing Test Problem Set 01 Due
Tue 2/05 Computability  
Thu 2/07 Computability, Complexity, and the Church-Turing Thesis Problem Set 02 Assigned
Tue 2/12 Robot Intentionality I: The Chinese Room  
Thu 2/14 Robot Intentionality II: The Chinese Room Replies, Boden's Response, and Searle's Argument Problem Set 02 Due; Problem Set 03 Assigned; Term Paper Prospectus Assigned
Tue 2/19 Robot Intentionality III: Dretske's Response  
Thu 2/21 Robot Intentionality IV: Dennett's Response Problem Set 03 Due; Term Paper Prospectus Due; Problem Set 04 Assigned
Tue 2/26 Robot Intentionality V: The Frame Problem Annotated Bibliography Assigned
Thu 2/28 Robot Intentionality VI: Theories of Meaning Problem Set 04 Due; Problem Set 05 Assigned
Tue 3/05 Robot Intentionality VII: Externalism and Distributed Cognition  
Thu 3/07 Consciousness I: The (Hard) Problem Problem Set 05 Due; Problem Set 06 Assigned
Tue 3/12 Spring Break  
Thu 3/14 Spring Break  
Tue 3/19 Consciousness II: The Knowledge Argument  
Thu 3/21 Consciousness III: The Modal Gap Problem Set 06 Due; Problem Set 07 Assigned
Tue 3/26 Consciousness IV: The Explanatory Gap Annotated Bibliography Due; Term Paper Rough Draft Assigned
Thu 3/28 Consciousness V: Responses Problem Set 07 Due; Problem Set 08 Assigned
Tue 4/02 Machine Autonomy I: The Traditional Problem of Freedom of Will  
Thu 4/04 Machine Autonomy II: Against Machine Agency Problem Set 08 Due; Problem Set 09 Assigned
Tue 4/09 Machine Autonomy III: Against Machine Autonomy  
Thu 4/11 Robot Persons I  
Tue 4/16 Robot Persons II Problem Set 09 Due; Problem Set 10 Assigned
Thu 4/18 NFAI I: Connectionism, Genetic Algorithms, Artificial Life, and Situated Robotics Term Paper Rough Draft Due; Term Paper Final Draft Assigned
Tue 4/23 NFAI II: The Coming Revolution  
Thu 4/25 NFAI III: The Age of the Robot Problem Set 10 Due
Tue 4/30 Closing Remarks  
Thu 5/02 Reading Day  
Wed 5/08 Office Hours: Noon-5:00pm Term Paper Final Draft Due