PHIL 196 - First Year Seminar
Fall 2014, Section 001 - Logic, Computation and Human Thinking
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Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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Requirements & Distribution:
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Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course is an introduction to the study of reasoning and problem solving. Problem solving is a matter of first structuring the problem, of getting clear about its ingredients and how they're interrelated, and then of searching for a solution. Logic tells us about problem structuring, and Artificial Intelligence tells us about problem search. In other words, problem solving is a matter of logic and computation.

We will illustrate these ideas with examples from communication, social interaction, rules and regulations, and the maintenance goals of simple creatures and robots. The course doesn't presuppose familiarity with either logic or computer science, but it will familiarize students with some of the important ideas from each of these subjects.

The textbook for this course is Computational Logic and Human Thinking: How to Be Artificially Intelligent, by Robert Kowalski. This book is available online in pdf format here.

Course Requirements:

Requirements for this course will include regular exercises, two short papers, and one final examination.

Intended Audience:

1st year students interested in Cognitive Science or who enjoy problems and problem solving are most likely to enjoy it.

Class Format:

Class format will be seminar-style; class meetings will be devoted to discussion of readings and other assignments.


PHIL 196 - First Year Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
6Enrollment Management
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (SEM)
 In Person
7Enrollment Management
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM

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