SYMSYS 100 / LINGUIST 144 / PHIL 99 / PSYCH 35
Minds and Machines
Autumn Quarter 2014, 4 units
Stanford University

updated August 4, 2014

Dan Lassiter
Assistant Professor of Linguistics
danlass at stanford
office: 460-102
phone: 724-3903
office hours: TBA
Thomas Icard
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
icard at stanford
office: TBA
phone: TBA
office hours: TBA
Todd Davies
Associate Director & Lecturer in Symbolic Systems
davies at stanford
office: 460-040C
phone: 723-4091
office hours: MTW 10:30-11:55
Teaching Assistants
To be announced
Meeting Times Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:15 - 3:30 pm, starting September 23, 2014
plus section times TBA
Location 420-040
Description An overview of the interdisciplinary study of cognition, information, communication, and language, with an emphasis on foundational issues: What are minds? What is computation? What are rationality and intelligence? Can we predict human behavior? Can computers be truly intelligent? How do people and technology interact, and how might they do so in the future? Lectures focus on how the methods of philosophy, mathematics, empirical research, and computational modeling are used to study minds and machines. Undergraduates considering a major in symbolic systems should take this course as early as possible in their program of study.
Info about Signups
IMPORTANT NOTE: Beginning with the Class of 2018, students must take this course before being approved to declare Symbolic Systems as a major. All students interested in studying symbolic systems are urged to take this course early in their student careers. The course material and presentation will be at an introductory level, aimed at frosh and sophomores without prerequisites.

This will be a substantially redesigned version of Symsys 100. The course size is capped at 150, aggregated across all course numbers under which the course is cross-listed. It should not matter which course number you sign up for as long as you are within the first 150 who sign up across all of the course numbers. The size cap has been chosen to accommodate more than the number of students we anticipate wanting to take the course, but any signups beyond 150 will be put on a waiting list.

You can watch the Explorecourses entries for this course to see how many students have signed up so far within each course number, since these enrollment figures will differ and each contributes to the total:
Readings, Schedule, and Assignments
To be announced