Sunday, October 21, 2012

Office Hours This Week

OK folks, and sorry, but meetings have happened. I can't do Thu 12:15 - 2:15 this week, and I've also got something on Wed 4 - 6--but I will be in 3:30 - 4:00. So I'll have office hours to replace these times 4:00 - 7:00 on Tuesday. How's that?

Remember, there are just the times when I will be in and you don't need to make an appointment. If you can't make those times you can make an appointment!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Wednesday Office Hours

OK it looks like I've got a meeting 4:00 - 4:30 (or more) on Wed. I'll stay until 6 then for office hours, leaving out the meeting time. And if that doesn't work, let me know--I can stay later.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Twin Earth, Zombies, Chinese Rooms, etc.

Here are some useful links for some of the topics I mentioned en passent in the discussion of Chalmers:

Twin-Earth Thought Experiments at the ever useful Field Guide to Philosophy of Mind site.

For a fuller discussion of semantic externalism,  I especially like the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article Narrow Mental Content

Here is the paper by Chalmers and Andy Clark, The Extended Mind that I mentioned. Also at Chalmers site there's a link to the Philosophical Zombies site.

Here is Searle's Chinese Room paper, a.k.a. "Minds, Brains and Programs" and here's a powerpoint I made of it.

"Brains in a Vat," is the earlier article by Hillary Putnam I mentioned.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Ballad of George Berkeley

To be sung to the tune of "Oh, Susannah!"

Oh I come from Albuquerque
And know no philosophy
But I'm gonna study Berkeley:
Learn that esse's percipi

Oh George Berkeley
Oh don't get pissed at me
For I come from Albuquerque
And and know no philosophy

Oh I thought we all had feet and hands
Tables, chairs and beds
And I thought that things were "out there"
And ideas in our heads.


I thought my brain was in my head
But now, alas, I find
My head is in my brain instead
And both are in my mind.


Further verses invited ;-)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Links fixed!

OK, all the links for powerpoints are now alive. I hadn't put up some of the powerpoints because I was still working on them. And please note, I keep working on powerpoints and sometimes making changes. If I make changes however, I'll put up revised versions so if the powerpoint you take down doesn't look quite like the one you see in class, don't worry,