Foundations of Cognitive Science
Professor: Paul Thagard
Office hours (HH368): M, 1-2; W, 12-12:30, and by appointment.
Email: pthagard@watarts. Phone: extension 3594.
Web page: http://cogsci.uwaterloo.ca/courses/phil679.html
Time: W 12:30-2:30, HH 357
News group: uw.phil.phil256
Textbook: J. Haugeland, Mind Design II.
Assignments: Everyone taking the course, including auditors, will hand in a one-page essay each week discussing the week's readings. Students taking the course for credit will write a term paper on an approved topic related to the course.
Description: Cognitive science is the interdisciplinary study of mind and intelligence, operating at the intersection of psychology, philosophy, computer science, linguistics, anthropology, and neuroscience. This course will discuss some of the most controversial issues that arise at the leading edge of cognitive science research, including:
|Week||Dates||Topic||Haugeland chapter||Other Readings|
|2||Sept. 22||Mind as computation||2|
|3||Sept. 29||Thinking as symbol manipulation||4|
|4||Oct. 6||Thinking as matching||5|
|5||Oct. 13||Critiques of AI||6,7|
|6||Oct. 20||Neural networks||8, 9|
|7||Oct. 27||Implications of connectionism||12, 13|
|9||Nov. 10||Dynamic systems||16|
Chalmers, David, "Facing up to the Problem of Consciousness," http://ling.ucsc.edu/~chalmers/papers/facing.html.
Schank, R., and Cleary, C, "Making Machines Creative," http://cogprints.soton.ac.uk/archives/psyc/papers/199806/199806036/doc.html/creativity_article,_v2.html
Velásquez, J. 1998 "Modeling Emotion-Based Decision-Making." In: Proceedings of the 1998 AAAI Fall Symposium Emotional and Intelligent: The Tangled Knot of Cognition (Technical Report FS-98-03). Orlando, FL: AAAI Press. Downloadable from http://www.ai.mit.edu/people/jvelas/research.html.
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This page updated October 4, 1999.