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English

Subtitles: English, Korean, French

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
10 minutes to complete

Philosophy and the Sciences Part 1

1 reading
1 reading
Link to Philosophy and the Physical Sciences10m
2 hours to complete

Stone-age minds in modern skulls: evolutionary theory and the philosophy of mind (Suilin Lavelle and Kenny Smith)

3 videos (Total 36 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
3 videos
1.2 Stone-Age Minds Part II13m
1.3 Stone-Age Minds Part III17m
6 readings
Handout10m
Recommended readings10m
The evolution of language10m
Niche Construction10m
Chimpanzee culture social learning10m
Related work by Philosophy staff at the University of Edinburgh10m
1 practice exercise
Week 1 Quiz: Do our modern skulls house stone-age minds?20m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

What is consciousness? (Mark Sprevak and David Carmel)

2 videos (Total 30 min), 7 readings, 1 quiz
2 videos
2.2 What is Consciousness Part II16m
7 readings
Handout from Mark's lectures10m
Slides from David's lectures10m
Recommended readings10m
Access/Phenomenal consciousness distinction10m
Overview of philosophical problems concerning consciousness10m
Limitations of perceptual awareness10m
Related work by Philosophy staff at the University of Edinburgh10m
1 practice exercise
Week 2 Quiz: What is consciousness?20m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

Intelligent machines and the human brain (Mark Sprevak and Peggy Series)

2 videos (Total 28 min), 8 readings, 1 quiz
2 videos
3.2 Intelligent Machines Part II15m
8 readings
Find and share news on intelligent machines!10m
Recommended readings10m
Computational theory of mind and connectionism10m
The McGurk effect video10m
The Ames illusion video10m
Motion perception10m
The rotating mask illusion video10m
Related work by Philosophy staff at the University of Edinburgh10m
1 practice exercise
Week 3 Quiz: From intelligent machines to the human brain20m
Week
4
4 hours to complete

Embodied cognition (Andy Clark and Barbara Webb)

2 videos (Total 24 min), 7 readings, 2 quizzes
2 videos
4.2 Embodied Cognition Part II15m
7 readings
Lecture Slides10m
Recommended readings10m
Embodied Cognition further reading10m
Passive-dynamic walkers video10m
The current crop of robots10m
Design your own robot10m
Related work by Philosophy staff at the University of Edinburgh10m
1 practice exercise
Week 4 Quiz: Embodied cognition and the sciences of the mind20m
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Top reviews from Philosophy and the Sciences: Introduction to the Philosophy of Cognitive Sciences

By CMAug 7th 2018

I have enjoyed the course, specially the detailed way of explained all the topics by the instructors. Also, I went through some of the bibliography sources provided which is a lot. Thank You all

By MSNov 15th 2019

Very thorough and deep understanding of the subjects by the professors and lecturers. Tests are very well prepared aimed at a deep understanding of a given theme.

Instructors

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Professor Michela Massimi

Full Professor
Philosophy
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Dr. Suilin Lavelle

Lecturer in Philosophy
University of Edinburgh
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Dr David Carmel

Lecturer
Psychology
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Dr Mark Sprevak

Senior Lecturer
School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
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Professor Duncan Pritchard

Professor of Philosophy
University of Edinburgh
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Professor Andy Clark

School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
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Professor John Peacock

Professor of Cosmology
Institute for Astronomy
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Professor Barbara Webb

School of Informatics
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Dr Kenny Smith

School of Philosophy, Psychology & Language Sciences
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Dr Peggy Series

Institute for Adaptive and Neural Computation

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