|Meeting Times||Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:30-11:50 am, starting
September 24, 2019
plus sections (see below)
|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? 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.|
|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, without prerequisites.
||There will be weekly assignments due every Friday, starting the second week of class. All assignments will be submitted via Canvas. See the assignment schedule for details.|
||Sections meet every week beginning the second week of class, on Monday October 3. They will cover the material presented in the previous week's lectures. Section attendance constitutes 10% of your final grade.||Readings and videos||
Students should do assigned readings/watch assigned videos in advance of the class for which they are assigned. This is crucial for success in the class, and class discussion will assume prior familiarity with the contents of the videos and readings. Students must submit brief completion checks for reading(s) and/or video(s) by 9 PM on the day before the class for which the readings/videos are assigned.
The readings will be drawn from two sources:
|Course contract: electronics in class
||By enrolling in "Minds & Machines", you are signing up for the following contract: No laptop computers, smartphones, iPads, or other internet-enabled devices during class meetings. Students should bring a notebook/notepad and pen/pencil to class for note-taking purposes, as well as the course reader or Hillis book as applicable. This contract has been created in response to a large body of educational research demonstrating that laptop and phone use in class is detrimental to learning. We will discuss this research further in the first course meeting.|
||The breakdown will be as follows:
Late policy. For weekly quizzes: Every student gets two penalty-free
late days total for the quarter, where a day is charged for lateness between
0 and 24 hours after the time the assignment is due. (This does not include
the final, which cannot be submitted late.)
After the two late days are used, a penalty of 25% per
day off of the total score will be charged, based on the
timestamp of the submitted assignment, e.g. an
assignment with a score of 100 turned in 24 hours and 1
minute late after both free late days have been used up
will be given a score of 50 for grading purposes.
|Students with Documented Disabilities
||Students who may need an academic
accommodation based on the impact of a disability must
initiate the request with the Office of Accessible
Education (OAE). Professional staff will evaluate
the request with required documentation, recommend
reasonable accommodations, and prepare an Accommodation
Letter for faculty dated in the current quarter in which
the request is being made. Students should contact the OAE
as soon as possible since timely notice is needed to
coordinate accommodations. The OAE is located at 563
Salvatierra Walk (phone: 650-723-1066, URL: http://oae.stanford.edu).
|Collaboration & plagiarism policy
||All work submitted should be exclusively your own. You may discuss homework questions verbally, but you may not share any written documents pertaining to homework questions, including emails, draft answers, etc.
You should also consult Stanford's plagiarism policy carefully. If you use ideas from someone else, you should cite a source. If you use someone else's words, you should indicate this by using a quotation and citing a source.
Failure to follow the plagiarism policy is a serious offense and can lead to major sanctions, including failing the class and official sanctions through the Office of Community Standards.