1st week (Sept 8)


Introduction to cognitive science: the naturalism imperative.

Introduction to psychology. Central topic: the psychology of thinking.


Categorization and Concepts: the study of why things belong together.


Required readings:

Smith and Osherson 2, Chapter 1



Naturalisitc Imperative Chapter 1 pp. 1-11, Chapter 2.1



2nd week (Sept 15)


Categorization and concepts continued.


Required readings: same as previous week.

Recommended; Naturalistic Imperative:  2.2


3rd week (Sept 22)


Memory: how is information stored?


Required readings:

Smith and Osherson 1, Chapter 1


Recommended readings:


Naturalistic Imperative Chapter 3


4th week (Sept 29)


Memory continued.


Readings: same as previous week


5th week (Oct 6)


Reasoning and Problem Solving: how is information transformed?


Required readings:

Smith and Osherson 2, Chapter 8



Naturalistic Imperative Chapter 4


6th week (Oct 20)  October 13 is Thankgiving.


Reasoning and Problem Solving continued


Readings: same as previous week





7th week (Oct 27)


Test #1


8th week (Nov 3)


Rationality: how well do humans think?


Required readings:

Smith and Osherson 1, Chapter 7

Stanovich and West (2000) Individual differences in reasoning: Implications for the rationality debate?


9th week (Nov 10)


Rationality continued. Readings as above.



10th week (Nov 17)

Summing up psychology: recurring themes, problems and dual-process theories of the mind


11th week (Nov 24)


The difficulties in naturalized thinking

Perhaps A.I. can break the circle in psychological theory.  The Pre-history of A.I.


Readings: Haugeland chapter 1



12 week (Dec 1)


Formal Automated Systems and Computer Architecture: the basics of A.I.


Required readings:

Haugeland, Chapters 2 & 4










1st week (Jan 5)


Formal Automated Systems etc. continued.



Same as 12th week


2nd week (Jan 12)


The computational solution to the paradox of mechanical reasoning: problems.


Required readings:

Haugeland, Chapters 3 & 5


3rd week (Jan 19)


The computational solution etc. continued.



Same as above.


4th week (Jan 26)


Connectionism: Possible Alternative?


Required readings:

Smith and Osherson 1, pages 199 – 221, and pages 267 – 282


Recommended readings:

Connections and Symbols, edited by Steven Pinker and Jacques Mehler.


5th week (Feb 2)


Connectionism continued



Same as above.


6th week (Feb 9)


Test #2



Reading Week  Feb. 16- Feb.20


7th week (Feb 23)


Philosophy of Psychology: The Nature of Psychological theory and explanation.

Special topic: The Simulation problem and the criterion of the cognitive.


Recommended: Naturalisitc Imperative 1.1


9th week (Mar 2)


Philosophy of Mind: Materialism and Computational Functionalism.


10th week (Mar 9)

Philosophy of Mind: Problems with Computational Functionalism.  Dynamical Systems Theory.


11th week (Mar 16)


Philosophy of Mind: Computationalism: Qualia and consciousness problems. 


12th week (Mar 23)


Philosophy of Mind: Computationalism: problems with representation and content.


Recommended: Naturalistic Imperative 6.1.



13th week (March 30)

The Frame Problem and a Theory of Relevance Realization

Required Reading:

Relevance Realization and the Emerging Framework in Cognitive Science:  copies available from instructor.


Recommended: Naturalistic imperative 6.3




14th week (Apr 6)


Applying the framework to consciousness and content.

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