Welcome to Philosophy 135!
Jim Pryor’s excellent Guide to Writing a Philosophy Paper.
Sections have started meeting. If you did not get an email about your section assignment, please contact Ethan, Umrao, or me.
Grice originally presented his theory of conversational implicature in a paper on the causal theory of perception, which you can find here. This is a nice example of why the philosophy of language is important for all kinds of philosophical investigations.
Talk with Eliza. Or watch two Elizabots talk to each other. Look at the data file from the source code. Download the source code and try modifying it yourself. Read Weizenbaum’s original paper on Eliza.
Here are the results of the 2000 Loebner Prize contest, which tested Turing’s prediction that by 2000, a computer would be able to fool people at least 30% of the time after a 5 minute conversation.
John Conway’s game of life.
For further elaboration of Dennett’s view on intentionality, see his paper “Real Patterns”.
Ethan Jerzak points to this article in today’s New York Times, in which the intentional stance is applied to a virus: “‘It fools the virus into thinking it’s interacting with a cell,’ Dr. Farzan said.”
I’ve put up some lecture notes on Davidsonian theories of meaning.
I have made some changes to the schedule, moving Unit 6 up and leaving a review/catch-up day at the end. Assignment due dates have not changed.
Our final exam will take place in a different room, 102 Moffitt.