Philosophy 2250
Mind, Language and Knowledge
University of Guelph

Fall 2010

Instructor:  Stefan Linquist                   
Tues. & Thurs. 4:00 - 5:20.                
Place: Mackinnon Room 115                            
Office Hours:  Thursday  10:00-12:00                   
TA: Christian Stevens:        
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               Course Materials                                                                                                  

                    Syllabus  (pdf)                                                                                                               Assignment 1 - Due September 21
                                                                                                                                                                Assignment 2 - Due October 05                       
                                                                                                                                             Assignment 3 - Due October 21                
  Midterm study questions   **                                                                                       Assignment 4 - Due November 09
                                                                                                                                                                Assignment 5  -Due November 23
**Final exam study questions**

 **Paper Topics** - Due November 30th       

Guidelines for writing papers in this class  (pdf)                                                                      

           1.     J.P. Moreland (1987), “A Contemporary defense of dualism”, excerpt from Scaling the Secular City.

           2.     T.H. Huxley (1874), "
On the hypothesis that animals are automata, and its history" (excerpt with comments). 

           3.      John B.Watson (1913), “Psychology as a behaviorist views it, Psychological Review, 20: 158-177.

           4.      Denise D. Cummins (1999), "A history of thinking", from Cummins, R.C., & Cummins, D.D. (Eds.)
                            Minds, brains, and computers: Foundations ofCognitive Science.

           5.     Michael R. Dawson (1998), "The Classical view of information processing", Understanding Cognitive Science

           6.      Alan M. Turing (1950), “Computing Machinery and Intelligence”, Mind, 59:

                  **Here is the unabridged Turing article.**

           7.      John R. Searle (1980), "Minds, brains and programs", Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 3:

           8.      Melanie Mitchell (1999), "Can evolution explain how the mind works?", Complexity, 3: 17-24.
           9.      George Graham (1998), "Mind and Belief in Animals", from Philosophy of Mind an introduction.

Marian Stamp-Dawkins (2000), “Animal minds and animal emotions”, American Zoologist, 40: 883–888.

           11.     Daniel C. Dennett (1998), "Cognitive ethology: Hunting for bargains or a wild goose chase?" from

           12.     Thomas Nagel (1974), "What's it like to be a bat?", The Philosophical Review, 435-450.

           13.    Patricia Churchland (2002), "Reductions and coevolution in scientific domains", and "Nine naysaying
                    arguments", from Brainwise; Studies in Neurophilosophy.



         * Philosophy:

                Johnh Searle Lectures (audio only)

                 1. Strong Artificial Intelligence.
                 2. The Chinese Room Argument.
                 3. Can a Machine Think?

        * History of Psychology:

                A School of Their Own (Part1 & Part 2) is an outstanding lecture series outlining Darwin's influence
                on early 20th Century American psychology (by historian Christopher D. Green).

* Robots:

                The Big Dog robot and its humanoid cousin.

                 An amazing video of an interactive virtual world containing characters who read your expressions

                 Robots that express emotion and could (allegedly) one day expereince empathy.

        A Video Essay on Rodney Brooks, discussing the idea of antirepresentationalist cognitive science.

Talk by Rodney Brooks on How Robots will Invade our Lives.

Evolutionary Psychology:

                Steven Pinker on Evolutionary Psychology Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3

          * Animal Minds:

                 Temple Grandin's talk on the mind of a visual thinker

         * Consciousness:

                  Dan Dennett and Robert Wright debate epiphenomenalism (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4)

                  Patricia Chruchland on eliminative materialism and folk psychology

                  Dennett explains why you might be mistaken about the nature of your own consciousness.

       * Personhood, split brains, and self knowledge:

              Michael Gazzaniga illustrates how split brain patients hypothesize (mistakenly) about their exerience. See
               also some early research on split brains here.

              Jill Bolte on what its like to lose half her brain (the language side ) to stroke, and then to get it back.