Cognitive Science | Foundations of Cognitive Science
Q240 | 15028 | Hilmi Demir

Cognitive Science ,  Foundations of Cognitive Science
Q240 ,  15028,  Demir

Lecture: 2:30P-3:45P, TR
Discussion: 10:10A-12:05P, F, FR C238

Cognitive Science as an independent discipline emerged as a result
of interactions among many different fields such as philosophy,
psychology, linguistics and computer science. There was only one
question that brought all these different disciplines
together: 'what is the structure of the human mind?'

In this course, we will try to understand the foundations of this
relatively new field. This requires two different paths: one
historical and one problem oriented. Our journey on the former path
will include a quick survey of the history of philosophy,
psychology, computer science, and neuroscience with respect to their
contribution to Cognitive Science. The latter path will take us to
the following topics: i) materialist conceptions of mind, especially
the functionalist view of mind as a kind of computer running in the
brain ii) consciousness and subjective experience iii) the relations
between patterns, contents and mental causes iv) perception, action
and the brain v) robotics, artificial life and situated reason vi)
the continuity of life and mind.

Following the precious principle of 'life ain't nothing without
movies', we will show two movies during the semester: 'Breaking the
Code: Alan Turing's Life' and 'Memento'.

The course grade will be determined on the basis of two short papers
(3-5 pages), one midterm, one final paper (10-15 pages),
participation and extra credit exercises. The final paper will be
written in three stages: first draft, peer commentary and final

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