The University of Edinburgh
Philosophy and the Sciences: Introduction to the Philosophy of Cognitive Sciences
The University of Edinburgh

Philosophy and the Sciences: Introduction to the Philosophy of Cognitive Sciences

Taught in English

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Gain insight into a topic and learn the fundamentals

 Professor Michela Massimi
Dr. Alasdair Richmond
Dr. Suilin Lavelle

Instructors: Professor Michela Massimi


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There are 5 modules in this course

This course is the second part of the joint course 'Philosophy and the Sciences'. If you want to go to the first part of the course, 'Philosophy and the Physical Sciences' follow the link below

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1 reading

Scientists agree that our brains are a product of natural selection. How did human brains and human cognitive structures evolve ?

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3 videos6 readings1 quiz1 discussion prompt

Why do creatures with brains like ours have consciousness? What makes certain bits of our mental life conscious and others not?

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2 videos7 readings1 quiz1 discussion prompt

How does one make a clever adaptive machine that can recognise speech, control an aircraft, and detect credit card fraud?

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2 videos8 readings1 quiz1 discussion prompt

Embodied cognition is all about the huge difference that having an active body and being situated in a structured environment make to the kind of tasks that the brain has to perform in order to support adaptive success.

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2 videos7 readings1 quiz1 peer review1 discussion prompt


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4.6 (255 ratings)
 Professor Michela Massimi
The University of Edinburgh
4 Courses753,717 learners
Dr. Alasdair Richmond
The University of Edinburgh
4 Courses753,717 learners

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