CogSci Notes

CogSci Notes - Course Info Thursday 11:41 AM...

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Multidisciplinary study of natural and artificial cognition Reading log - Due Oct 31 Brief summary + detailed reaction May be some presentations (more summary, less reaction) Midterm - 20% 1. Reading log - 20% 2. Participation - 20% 3. Final - 40% 4. 1/3 of a grade penalty per day late (artificial neural network) 0 to .2 bonus for ANN simulator or present Grading Office: W7/3L Hours: Tuesday 11.30 to 12.30 Phone: 514-398-6139 Course e-mail for course questions cogsci syllabus Inserted from: < file://C:\Users\Alex\Documents\Class Materials\PSYC 532\cogsci syllabus.pdf > Course Info Thursday, September 02, 2010 11:41 AM Cognitive Science Page 1
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Block Que. .. The mind is the software of the brain: the mind works as a computer works a. Each though is an act of computation involving an input and an output b. Symbol computer that adds upon itself (gate model of the computer of the mind) c. Brain: Procedures|representations Lisp: Functions|data d. What is the computer model of the mind? 1. Model of intelligence in computers a. Meant to see if computers could trick people into thinking they were human b. Deals with intelligence from a behaviorist point of view c. Naming a judge and defining the judge's intelligence renders the test null (because it provides an alternate definition of intelligence d. The only programs that have passed the test were prepared specifically for the test, they don't serve any other purpose (teaching to the test) e. Machines that pass the test are not capable of generalization, they pass via brute force methods f. Focuses purely on behaviorism, not the aspects of intelligence that cognitive science is interested in. g. What is the importance of the Turing test? 2. Structural kinds have an essence of themselves; i.e. water is water, nothing can act as water a. Function kinds serve a given purpose, and can thus be made of anything; only their function matters b. What are the kinds of kinds? 3. Breaking down of functions into the most primitive processes possible a. Reductionism or decomposition b. Ignores the structural components? (emergent properties) c. What is functional analysis 4. The most basic process you can have, analgous to the atom (i.e. addition or subtraction, yes or no functions) a. Primitive processes 5. The computer model of the mind is trying to avoid biology as much as possible, essentially unbiological a. Hardware is irrelevant in this model (magnets v cats), so we should be able to draw links between computer and the brain simply due to the fact that both are doing computations b. A computer could never successfully replicate a human brain in terms of adaption of cells and nodes, but through the model, the same inputs and outputs should be achievable c. What is the relation of the computer program of the mind to biology?
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