Philosophy 479/679M

Foundations of Cognitive Science

Fall, 1999

Professor: Paul Thagard

Office hours (HH368): M, 1-2; W, 12-12:30, and by appointment.

Email: pthagard@watarts. Phone: extension 3594.

Web page:

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
 1  Sept. 15 Introduction  1  
 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  
 8  Nov. 3 Embodiment  15  
 9  Nov. 10 Dynamic systems  16  
 10  Nov. 17 Consciousness    Chalmers
 11  Nov. 24 Emotions Velasquez
 12  Nov. 31 Creativity    Schank

Other Readings:

Chalmers, David, "Facing up to the Problem of Consciousness,"

Schank, R., and Cleary, C, "Making Machines Creative,",_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

Weekly discussion questions

Other Cognitive Science Resources:

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