Cognitive Science | Foundations of Cognitive Science
Q240 | 14670 | Allen, Colin


Cognitive Science ,  Philosophical Foundations of Cognitive Science
Q240 ,  14670,  Allen

Lecture: 1:00-2:15pm,TuTh
Discussion: Section 14671,  10:10am-12:05pm, F, FR C238

COGS Q240 Philosophical Foundations of Cognitive Science

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.