Tuesday, September 05, 2006

"Mind design is the endeavor to understand mind (thinking, intellect) in terms of its design (how it is built, how it works). Unlike traditional empirical psychology, it is more oriented toward the 'how' than the 'what.' An experiment in mind design is more likely to be an attempt to build something and make it work--as in artificial intelligence--than to observe or analyze what already exists. Mind design is psychology by reverse engineering." --John Haugeland

This blog will be the posting site of responses to a collection of journal articles on the topic of mind design. The journal articles all come from a book entitled "Mind Design II," edited by John Haugeland, and with various contributors from the fields of philosophy, computer science, and psychology.

Based upon bi-weekly meetings with Professor Chopra, Jonathan and Phillip will supply one response to each of two articles read for every meeting. This means that the two of us will write these two responses over the course of the two week interval, plus additional comments made on each other's posts and by Prof. Chopra. The responses themselves will also include references to outside material that critique the articles.

Additionally, the readings and postings will culminate in a 20 page essay on an appropriate topic.

Mind Design II Index:
  1. "What is Mind Design?" John Haugeland.
  2. "Computing Machinery and Intelligence," A.M. Turing.
  3. "True Believers: The Intentional Strategy and Why it Works," Daniel Dennett.
  4. "Computer Science as Emprical Inquiry: Symbols and Search," Allen Newell and Herbert A. Simon.
  5. "A Framework for Representing Knowledge," Marvin Minsky.
  6. "From Micro-Worlds to Knowledge Representation: AI at an Impasse," Hubert L. Dreyfus.
  7. "Minds, Brains, and Programs," John R. Searle.
  8. "Architecture of Mind: A Connectionist Approach," David E. Rumelhart.
  9. "Connectionist Modeling: Neural Computation/Mental Connections," Paul Smolensky.
  10. "On the Nature of Theories: A Neurocomputational Persepctive," Paul M. Churchland.
  11. "Connectionism and Cognition," Jay F. Rosenberg.
  12. "Connectionism and Cognitive Architecture: A Critical Analysis," Jerry A. Fodor and Zenon W. Pylyshyn.
  13. "Connectionism, Eliminativism, and the Future of Folk Psychology," William Ramsey, Steven Stitch, and Joseph Garon.
  14. "The Presence of a Symbol," Andy Clark.
  15. "Intelligence without Representation," Rodney A. Brooks.
  16. "Dynamics and Cognition," Timothy van Gelder.
Schedule of Meetings:
  • September 18: Chapters 1 & 2
  • September 25: Chapters 3 & 4
  • October 16: Chapters 5 & 6
  • October 30: Chapters ...
  • November 13: Chapters ...
  • November 27: Chapters ...
  • December 11: Chapters ...
Two of the sixteen readings will be dropped (making a total of fourteen). This post will be updated when a decision is made on what chapters to drop.

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