Roberto Casati and Barry Smith
Introduction to Cognitive Science
Fall Semester, 1999
141 Park Hall
|1 BS*||Sept. 2||The Turing Test and the Chinese Room||John Searle, "The Critique of Cognitive Reason", in Alvin I. Goldman, Readings in Philosophy and Cognitive Science, Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press 1993, 833-848.|
|2 BS||Sept. 9||Philosophy and cognitive science: Historical Introduction|
|3 BS||Sept. 16||Common sense and folk psychology||Soya, Carey and Spelke, "Ontological Categories", in Goldman 1993, 461-480.|
|4 RC||Sept. 23||Perception: The role of Objects||E. Spelke, "Object Perception", in Goldman 1993, 447-460.|
|5 RC||Sept. 30||Perception: Representative theories||I. Biederman, "Visual Object Recognition", in Goldman 1993, 1-21.|
|6 RC||Oct. 7||Perception: Secondary Qualities||C.L. Hardin, "Color Subjectivism", in Goldman, 1993, 493-507.|
|7 BS||Oct. 14||The Heritage of Gestalt Psychology||S. E. Palmer, "Modern Theories of Gestalt Perception", Mind and Language, 5, 289-323|
|8 RC||Oct. 21||Cognition of Number||Karen Wynn, "Evidence Against Empiricist Accounts of the Origins of Numerical Knowledge", in Goldman, 1993, 209-227|
|9 RC||Oct. 28||The Spectrum of Views on Consciousness: Special talk by Talmy||L. Talmy, "Fictive Motion in Language and 'Ception'", in Bloom, P., et al. Eds. Language and Space, MIT Press 1996|
|10 BS||Nov. 4||Structures of Consciousness. Special talk by Dipert introducing Nov. 5-6 conference on The Metaphysics of Consciousness: David Chalmers', "The Conscious Mind", in Historical and Contemporary Perspective||N.B. This class will take place in the Center for Inquiry, 1310 Sweet Home Road, Amherst|
|11 BS||Nov. 11||Debate with Little on Eliminative Materialism|
|12 BS||Nov. 18 (nov. 25 holiday)||Ecology and Evolutionary psychology||Cosmides and Tooby, "Evolutionary Psychology: A Primer"|
|13 RC||Dec. 2||Artificial Intelligence: Debate with Rapaport||How to Pass a Turing Test|
|14 RC||Dec. 9||Perception: Spatial cognition and representation.||R. Jackendoff, "The Architecture of the Linguistic-Spatial Interface", in Bloom, P., et al. Eds. Language and Space, MIT Press 1996, 1-30.|
*Indicates faculty member/visitor having primary responsibility for the class indicated.
Grading: The grade for the course will be based primarily on a term paper, to be submitted on or before December 2. Additional credit can be obtained for active class participation.
Office hours: BS (Park 126) Thursday 5-6 and by appointment. RC: by appointment.
Reading: The required text for the course is Alvin I. Goldman, Readings in Philosophy and Cognitive Science, Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press 1993.