In parallel, the lectures and the readings will provide background on the relevant philosophical concepts and current discourse. This information will then be used by students as part of their regular reports where they are asked to link analyses of their particular experiments to more general philosophical concepts and questions.
Valentino Braitenberg (1986). Vehicles:
Experiments in Synthetic Psychology. MIT Press. ISBN-10: 0-262-52112-1
ISBN-13: 978-0-262-52112-3, 162 pages
Daniel Dennett book
review of "Vehicles" and his papers on "Real
Patterns" and "True
Additional reading materials and lecture note (e.g., week 1) will be made available on the course page in Trunk.
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Although no rigorous attendance policy will be
implemented for this course, students are expected to attend all classes
(students with excessive absences will be very unlikely to pass
the course). Everybody is encouraged to participate actively
and contribute to the course (e.g., by asking questions and
sharing information in the online web-based forum).
This course follows the Faculty of Arts, Sciences and Engineering Guidelines Pertaining to Religious Observances. You are not required to prove attendance at religious services or events to obtain an accommodation for religous observance, but you are requested to provide indication of such any accommodation requests early in the semester.
Electronic devices can be massively disturbing during
class time (from noises due to typing, to the distractions that
result from being connected to the Internet) and will lead to
reduced attention/participation of the user (there are lots of
studies confirming that!), and likely the people around the
user. Instead of coping with the temptations of texting,
emailing, web browsing, and other non-class-related activities
enabled by electronic devices during class time, this course
implements a strict "no
electronic devices during lectures" policy: no cell
phones, smart phones, PDAs, tablets, laptops, or other similar
electronic devices are allowed during class time.
Per Tufts policy, incompletes will be granted under only the most exceptional of circumstances (out of your control) and only in cases where most of the course work has already been completed. Examples of exceptional circumstances include a death in the family or major illness that keeps you out of the classroom for a significant period of time. Note that getting behind in the class due to other obligations outside the classroom (other classes, job) doesn't warrant granting an incomplete.
This course is conducted in accordance with the Academic
Integrity standards as described in the School
Engineering Academic Integrity booklet. Specifically,
it is considered cheating if
you obtain any kind of information about answers and solutions to
any of the assignments in this course from any non-intended source
(including your peers) or conversely transfer such information to
others. When in doubt, ask the instructor. Nobody begins the
semester with the intention of cheating. Students who cheat do so
because they fall behind gradually, and then panic at the last
minute. Some students get into this situation because they are
afraid of an unpleasant conversation with an instructor if they
admit to not understanding something. I would much rather deal
with your misunderstanding early than deal with its
consequences later. Please, feel free to ask for help as soon as
you need it. And remember: plagiarism violates academic honesty and Tufts faculty
are required by Tufts policies to report any form of
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