Schedule

Week

1

Introduction

Descartes and Cartesian dualism

Week

2

Alternatives to Cartesian dualism

Property dualism, panpsychism, solipsism

Week

3

Neurons and vision

How is it that we see?

Week

4

Functionalism, Computers, and AI

Charles Babbage and Deep Blue
The von Neumann computer
Alan Turing, the Turing machine, and the Turing test

Week

5

Functionalism, Computers, and AI

More on Ai

Week

6

Kinds of consciousness

Qualia: Mary
The hard problem, the explanatory gap
Taking consciousness seriously

Week

7

Physicalism

Objections: Zombies
The inverted spectrum argument
Bats and octopuses

Week

8

Theories of Consciousness

Crick, Penrose, HOT theories, Chalmers

Week

9

Free Will

Block time, operational definitions
Determinism, chaos, and quantum mechanics
Three definitions of free will, compatibilism, and incompatibilism

Week

10

More on free will

Recapitulation

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