Minds and Machines

Course Description

An overview of the interdisciplinary study of cognition, information, communication, and language, with an emphasis on foundational issues: What are minds? What is computation? What are rationality and intelligence? Can we predict human behavior? Can computers be truly intelligent? How do people and technology interact, and how might they do so in the future? Lectures focus on how the methods of philosophy, mathematics, empirical research, and computational modeling are used to study minds and machines. Undergraduates considering a major in symbolic systems should take this course as early as possible in their program of study. Formerly SYMSYS 100. 

Course Details

  • Class Numbers: 
    • SYMSYS 1 - 20926
    • CS 24 - 20956
    • PHIL 99 - 20955
    • PSYCH 35 - 20953 
  • 2021 Schedule: MoWe 10:00AM - 11:20AM PDT
  • Online Format - Synchronous: This course is taught in real-time, and students are expected to attend virtual sessions at specific times during the week.
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