Cognitive Science | Philosophical Foundations of Cognitive Science
Q240 | 15343 | Colin Allen


Cognitive Science ,  Philosophical Foundations of Cognitive Science
> Q240 ,  15343,  C. Allen
>
> Lecture: 2:30PM 3:45PM, MW
> Discussion: Section 15344,  10:10am-12:05pm, F, FR C238
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> COGS Q240 Philosophical Foundations of Cognitive Science
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> Cognitive Science emerged almost 50 years ago from developments in
> philosophy, computer science, psychology, and linguistics. Central
to
> this emergence were new ideas about how the notion of mental
> representation could be understood in computational terms: the
> computational theory of mind. The belief that intelligence could
be
> understood in terms of physical symbol processing served to unite
> artificial intelligence and cognitive psychology under a common
> philosophical framework, and it was believed that computers with
> human-level capacities would be rapidly achieved. Progress in
> artificial intelligence, however, has been much slower than
> anticipated, and developments in neuroscience, in artificial
neural
> networks, and in dynamical and evolutionary approaches to
cognition
> and robotics, have caused some to question whether cognitive
science
> should remain committed to the notion of mental representation. In
> this course, students will learn about the original promise of
> computational theory of mind, and how it provided an alternative
to
> earlier philosophical and scientific views about the relationship
> between mind and body. We will go on to consider the debate about
> whether evolutionary, embodied, and dynamical systems approaches
to
> cognitive science amount to an overthrow of its traditional
> representationalist core.
>