- Course title: Minds and Machines [HOME]
- Platform: edX
- Duration: 15 weeks
- Alex Byrne, Chair of Philosophy Section, MIT
- Ryan Doody, PhD in Philosophy & Linguistics, MIT
- Short summary of this course
- An introduction to philosophy of mind, exploring consciousness, reality, AI, and more.
- The most in-depth philosophy course available online.
- About this course
- What is the relationship between the mind and the body?
- Can computers think?
- Do we perceive reality as it is?
- Can there be a science of consciousness?
- This course explores these questions and others.
- It is a thorough, rigorous introduction to contemporary philosophy of mind.
- According to many scientists and philosophers, explaining the nature of consciousness is the deepest intellectual challenge of all.
- If you find consciousness at all puzzling, this is a great place to start learning more.
- What you’ll learn
- The basics of argumentation
- Some central arguments for and against the view that a sufficiently powerful computer can think (AI)
- The main theories of mental states and their relations to physical states
- Some central arguments for and against the view that the world is not as we perceive it to be
- What the “hard problem of consciousness” is