Saturday lecture and forum

Philosophy of Mind: Brains, Consciousness, and Thinking Machines
Patrick Grim, SUNY Stony Brook
Video (DVD)
24 lectures: Dec[masked] - Jun[masked]

Each 30 min video lecture is followed by one hour long moderated discussion. Attendance is open. New members are welcome!

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  • Leonard H.

    Sick. See y'all next week

    February 8, 2013

  • James I D.

    Last Saturday, somebody said the ability of humans to perceive new logical systems outside any given logical system does not set them apart from AI systems: humans are just a “rule based system capable making new rule based systems.” Really, can anybody write down the rules governing humans in the same way that we can write them down for an AI system? Is the set of rules finite? If logically consistent, then the set is incomplete. If logically complete, then the set is inconsistent. If the set of rules is infinite, then it may be complete but it will be inconsistent. Perhaps the human mind is not entirely a logic-based system. Intuitive, unquantifiable, illogical thought exists in all humans: Illogical thoughts and actions can often guide them toward a beneficial outcome. Many fields (e.g. economics, anthropology, etc) recognize the role of non-rational human thought (e.g. Keynes’ “animal spirits”). Can an AI system really operate outside structured, set rules, the way humans do

    1 · February 4, 2013

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