Minds and Machines (24.09x) | edX

Brief Summary

  • Course title: Minds and Machines [HOME]
  • Platform: edX
  • Duration: 15 weeks
  • Instructors:
    • 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

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