Minds and Machines

Minds and Machines

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

PHIL 4303.001 & PSYC 4390.001: Minds and Machines

Spring 2021
Don Berkich
TR 9:30 - 10:45, RFEB-101



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 1/26 Introduction  
Thu 1/28 The History of Cognition I: Ancient Philosophy  
Tue 2/2 The History of Cognition II: Modern Philosophy  
Thu 2/4 The History of Cognition III: Contemporary Philosophy Problem Set 01 Assigned
Tue 2/9 The History of Artificial Intelligence  
Thu 2/11 The Turing Test Problem Set 01 Due
Tue 2/16 Class Canceled Due to Cold Weather  
Thu 2/18 Class Canceled Due to Cold Weather  
Tue 2/23 Computability Problem Set 02 Assigned
Thu 2/25 Computability, Complexity, and the Church-Turing Thesis  
Tue 3/2 Robot Intentionality I: The Chinese Room Problem Set 02 Due; Problem Set 03 Assigned; Term Paper Prospectus Assigned
Thu 3/4 Robot Intentionality II: The Chinese Room Replies, Boden's Response, and Searle's Argument
Tue 3/9 Robot Intentionality III: Dretske's Response Term Paper Prospectus Due; Annotated Bibliography Assigned
Thu 3/11 Robot Intentionality IV: Dennett's Response & The Frame Problem Problem Set 03 Due; Problem Set 04 Assigned
Tue 3/16 Robot Intentionality V: Theories of Meaning  
Thu 3/18 Robot Intentionality VI: Externalism and Distributed Cognition  
Tue 3/23 Consciousness I: The Knowledge Argument Problem Set 04 Due; Problem Set 05 Assigned
Thu 3/25 Consciousness II: The Modal Gap  
Tue 3/30 Consciousness III: The Explanatory Gap Problem Set 05 Due; Problem Set 06 Assigned
Thu 4/01 Consciousness IV: Responses  
Tue 4/06 Machine Autonomy I: The Traditional Problem of Freedom of Will Problem Set 06 Due; Problem Set 07 Assigned
Thu 4/08 Machine Autonomy II: Against Machine Agency Annotated Bibliography Due; Term Paper Rough Draft Assigned
Tue 4/13 Machine Autonomy III: Against Machine Autonomy Problem Set 07 Due; Problem Set 08 Assigned
Thu 4/15 Robot Persons I  
Tue 4/20 Robot Persons II Problem Set 08 Due; Problem Set 09 Assigned
Thu 4/22 NFAI I: Connectionism, Genetic Algorithms, Artificial Life, and Situated Robotics Term Paper Rough Draft Due; Term Paper Final Draft Assigned
Tue 4/27 NFAI II: The Coming Revolution Problem Set 09 Due; Problem Set 10 Assigned
Thu 4/29 NFAI II: The Age of Robots  
Tue 5/04 Concluding Remarks Problem Set 10 Due
Thu 5/06 Reading Day  
Thu 5/13 Term Paper Final Draft Due