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Schedule of Lectures

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Required Reading is in Bold Print & Articles for Possible Presentations are in Italics


• Introduction

• Dualism, Behaviorism, and Physicalism

- Clark, pp. 162-170




Arguments pro: Seems right


What is the connection?








Positive arguments: How could...? and Introspect.


Do we know that mental is not physical? How?


Is an ache, salmonella?




Mental talk talk about "predispositions to behave"


Soluble in water


Where is my mind? University example.




Infinite or circular


Rules out inner life


Shallow: Uses of concepts/words


Identity theory:


Mind is brain!






Identity problem: Leibniz


More issues: Spatial location, Truth value, Sensational content


Machine Functionalism: Mind as program


What do all clocks have in common. 


Eliminativism: No mind!



• Philosophy of Cognitive Science: Applications, Implications, and Criticism

- Clark, pp. 1-27

- Smart, “Sensations and Brain Processes”: http://phil415.pbwiki.com/f/Smart.pdf

• Methods and Theories: Formal Logic, Connectionism, and Theoretical Neuroscience

- Clark, pp. 28-60

- Jeffrey, “Formal Logic: Its Scope and Limits” (E-Reserve) (for logic background)

• Representation and Computation

- Clark, pp. 62-102

Chapter 2 & 3 Terms


Laughing and crying:




Read The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, roughly up to page 140-- for Friday of Week 3, the rest of the book for Friday of Week 4. We will have discussion on Friday of week 4 with some video material, followed by an in-class quiz to ensure everyone has read the book. : )

Additionally, in week 3 we will construct a Turing Machine that multiplies two numbers entered in unary. If you find this too hard, just construct a Turing Machine that can tell whether a number is odd or even.




• Functionalism, Formal Systems, and Computationalism

- Clark, pp. 103-119



Emergence and Collective effect


Emergence as collective self organization


Boiling oil


Emergence as unprogrammed Functionality


Robot following walls


Emergence as Interactive Complexity





Emergence as Uncompressible Unfolding


Need for a simulation accounting for all the variables









Life and mind



Can virtual be really living or simply simulated


Kinds of life:


Supple adaptation


Metabolization of matter to energy


Autopoietic System


Self-reproduction, genetics, metabolization


What about mind? Is understanding mind all that different from understanding life?


• Universal Machines: Church-Turing Thesis and Gödel Coding

- Clark, pp. 120-138

- Turing, “Computing Machinery and Intelligence”: http://phil415.pbwiki.com/f/TuringComputing.pdf

- Church, “An Unsolvable Problem of Elementary Number Theory” http://phil415.pbwiki.com/f/Church.pdf

• Computers with Minds

- Clark, 140-158

- Dennett, “The Practical Requirements for Making a Conscious Robot” http://phil415.pbwiki.com/f/DennettPractical.pdf




• Problems of Consciousness: Zombies, the Explanatory Gap, and the ‘Hard Problem’

- Nagel, “What Is it Like to Be a Bat?”


•Pathologies: Stroke, Agnosia, Depression, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Phantom Limbs

• The Unity of Consciousness and the Self

  • Locke, “An Essay Concerning Human Understanding”, Book 2, Chapter 1, Section 19 (E-Reserve)


Bealer, “Self-Consciousness” http://phil415.pbwiki.com/f/Bealer.pdf




• Introduction: the Problems of Persistence and Personal Identity

- Perry, “The Problem of Personal Identity” in Perry, pp. 3-30

• The Psychological Approach

- Nagel, “Brain Bisection and the Unity of Consciousness” http://phil415.pbwiki.com/f/Nagel.pdf

- Unger, “The Survival of the Sentient” http://phil415.pbwiki.com/f/Unger.pdf

• The Somatic Approach

- Mackie, “Personal Identity and Dead People” http://phil415.pbwiki.com/f/Mackie.pdf

• Memory Theory

- Locke, “Of Identity and Diversity” (Perry, pp. 33-52)

- Quinton, “The Soul” (Perry, pp. 53-72)

- Grice, “Personal Identity” (Perry, pp. 73-95)

• Criticisms of Memory Theory

- Reid, “Of Identity” and “Of Mr. Locke’s Account of Our Personal Identity” (Perry, pp. 107-118)


- Shoemaker, “Personal Identity and Memory” (Perry, pp. 119-134)

- Butler, “Of Personal Identity” (Perry, pp. 99-105)

- Perry, “Personal Identity, Memory, and the Problem of Circularity” (Perry, pp. 135- 154)

• David Hume and the Abandonment of Personal Identity

- Hume, “Our Idea of Identity”, “Of Personal Identity” and “Second Thoughts (Perry, pp. 159-176)

• Personal Identity and Survival

- Williams, “The Self and the Future” (Perry, pp. 179-198)


- Shoemaker, “Persons and their Past” (E-Reserve)


- Parfit, “Personal Identity” (Perry, pp. 199-220)

- Johnston, “Human Beings” (E-Reserve)

- Chisholm, “The Persistence of Persons” (E-Reserve)

• Four-Dimensionalism

- Heller, “Temporal Parts of Four-Dimensional Objects” (E-Reserve)

• Buddhism and Personal Identity (Guest Lecture)











Comments (2)

darkair@... said

at 5:01 pm on Oct 27, 2009

I have been thinking about the discussion on processing being exported to the physical structure. It dawned on me that this might be the explanation for speech. At an early age it seems that we are much more aware and inquisitive in order to get the physical processing practiced. Once the foundation is laid down the astute learning capabilities have been replaced by reflexive physical responses. It would be interesting to see if a person who speaks English could produce unknown and practiced phonemes from other languages. It seems like with enough practice this might be achieved, but always with a remaining accent. It seems that time has a direct function on the ridgedness or capability of our mind and flexibility.

darkair@... said

at 4:42 pm on Jan 25, 2010

where can i find that dj, turntable, time video we watched in class?

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