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 2020
Don Berkich
TR 9:30 - 10:45, Online Only


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 1/21 Introduction  
Thu 1/23 The History of Cognition I: Ancient Philosophy  
Tue 1/28 The History of Cognition II: Modern Philosophy  
Thu 1/30 The History of Cognition III: Contemporary Philosophy Problem Set 01 Assigned
Tue 2/04 The History of Artificial Intelligence  
Thu 2/06 The Turing Test Problem Set 01 Due
Tue 2/11 Computability  
Thu 2/13 Computability, Complexity, and the Church-Turing Thesis Problem Set 02 Assigned
Tue 2/18 Robot Intentionality I: The Chinese Room  
Thu 2/20 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 2/25 Robot Intentionality III: Dretske's Response  
Thu 2/27 Robot Intentionality IV: Dennett's Response Problem Set 03 Due; Term Paper Prospectus Due; Problem Set 04 Assigned
Tue 3/03 Robot Intentionality V: The Frame Problem Annotated Bibliography Assigned
Thu 3/05 Robot Intentionality VI: Theories of Meaning Problem Set 04 Due; Problem Set 05 Assigned
Tue 3/10 Spring Break  
Thu 3/12 Spring Break  
Tue 3/17 Extended Spring Break  
Thu 3/19 Extended Spring Break  
Tue 3/24 Robot Intentionality VII: Externalism and Distributed Cognition Problem Set 05 Due; Problem Set 06 Assigned
Thu 3/26 Consciousness I: The (Hard) Problem  
Tue 3/31 Consciousness II: The Knowledge Argument Problem Set 06 Due; Problem Set 07 Assigned
Thu 4/02 Consciousness III: The Modal Gap  
Tue 4/07 Consciousness IV: The Explanatory Gap Problem Set 07 Due; Problem Set 08 Assigned
Thu 4/09 Consciousness V: Responses Annotated Bibliography Due; Term Paper Rough Draft Assigned
Tue 4/14 Machine Autonomy I: The Traditional Problem of Freedom of Will Problem Set 08 Due; Problem Set 09 Assigned
Thu 4/16 Machine Autonomy II: Against Machine Autonomy  
Tue 4/21 Robot Persons I Problem Set 09 Due; Problem Set 10 Assigned
Thu 4/23 Robot Persons II Term Paper Rough Draft Due; Term Paper Final Draft Assigned
Tue 4/28 NFAI I: Connectionism, Genetic Algorithms, Artificial Life, and Situated Robotics  
Thu 4/30 NFAI II: The Coming Revolution  
Tue 5/05 Closing Remarks Problem Set 10 Due
Thu 5/07 Reading Day  
Thu 5/14 Term Paper Final Draft Due by Noon