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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

NoPhi (16-3)

Monday was an interesting class. The projector wouldn't work, so we couldn't view presentations or read along with Dr. Oliver as he lectured. We discussed with Dr. Oliver things that he could do differently in his upcoming classes as far as participation and knowledge-checks. Does anyone have anything else they can add to the list of suggestions?

-Hailey L


  1. (16-1) I think the proposed quizzes would reinforce the reading. It's always easier for me personally to remember course material when there's a short quiz over it. I agree with Singer's views on euthanasia. It's pointless to leave someone on life support if it's statistically impossible for them to come out of the vegetative state. Personally, I'd never want to remain in that state. Everyone should have a living will that declares their wishes for that situation. That should resolve any controversy.

    FQ: Who created the Chinese Room thought experiment? (Searle)
    DQ: Do you think it would be possible to create a series of programs that can simulate learning just like humans do? If so, how is this different from human intelligence, and what would be the ramifications, if any, of such technology?

    The world's first self-aware laptop-

  2. Anonymous10:30 PM CST

    abigail Jones
    I think the quizzes are a good idea. It would allow Dr Oliver to know that his students are reading their materials. However, I am glad we did not have those quizzes ;)

    FQ: who received the Jean Nicod Prize in 2000; the National Humanities Medal in 2004; and the Mind & Brain Prize in 2006? searle
    DQ: What do you think of Searle's concept of the Chinese Room?


  3. I agree, quizzes probably would help a lot with remembering the material.

    FQ: Where was Peter Singer from?

    DQ: Do you agree with what Singer says, about how everyone should be entirely consistent and treat every living creature equally?

    Link: This is a translation of one of my favorite songs. The lyrics remind me of Singer. It's kind of a cynical look the disconnect between what we see in front of us, and what's happening out of sight. In the song, he points out how seeing a butterfly die on his windshield seemed more "real," or emotional for him, than hearing about people dying in other countries. (Link to the song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQqmgRvwHp4)

    The Media's Gunshots

    The 2pm news is in an uproar over some new misfortune,
    Preaching to an empty house and a single cat,
    Nibbling at its late breakfast.
    What? They're lying!
    This world is so wonderful!
    Filled with fashionable clothes and delicious food,
    This town is so happy, it's ridiculous
    I'm singing, la la la la la,
    What'll I do today?
    Nimbly, the tiny, white-crested butterfly flitters its wings,
    Slipping in and out of the crowds, enamored by the highway
    An announcement, "The train will be delayed due to a fatal accident,"
    And people just get annoyed.
    Rather than some far away gunshots, the reality before our eyes is truth.
    The news caught my attention with disasters in some far away country,
    But it's always like that, so what am I supposed to think?
    The nimbly fluttering white-crested butterfly, enamored by the highway,
    and smashing into the car,
    Seemed more real than the gunshots on TV.

  4. i hate to torture his upcoming students but the quiz thing is a good idea.
    FQ:what is the point of the Chinese room and the computer?(to prove that a computer cant understand language)
    DQ:With all of the new technology like the automated voices that you hear when you call a bank, do you think that a computer can understand language/

    Rupert Collins- Philosophy of Computers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3j7TC00bsA

  5. Anonymous11:55 AM CST


    FQ:. ______ specialises in applied ethics and approaches ethical issues from a secular, preference utilitarian perspective. (Peter Singer)

    DQ: Do you agree that a human being could be killed by euthanasia or mercy if he/she is in an irreversible persistent vegetative state?

    The Life You Can Save in 3 minutes by Peter Singer

    1. Anonymous11:58 AM CST

      E.E (16-3)
      Oh, I hate quiz. However if it helps, any teacher should use it, so if every teacher uses it, i dont have a choice of a teacher that doesnt use it. So eventually everyone will get use to it and have no excuse on it.

  6. FQ: Alan Turing was a British philosopher and world renowned ____? (Mathematician)

    DQ: Do animals hold the same moral worth as humans? If so how should we interact with them? If not can we still justify animal testing and consumption in mass quantities?

    Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbk7xY9t-UQ
    Carl Cohen on Animal Rights

  7. Ricky (16-3)12:09 PM CST

    I missed the part where Dr. Oliver mentioned quizzes for his upcoming class. I think it would be a better idea to have quizzes because with all the information we have to know, it would be better if we had it dispersed and maybe keep them for studying for other major tests like a midterm. As for suggestions, I have a couple but it is just from my point of view as a student in this class. 1) Readings from 1 book, I couldn't maintain reading 3 different books just for this class. I honestly haven't even touched the other 2 books besides PBB. 2) Instead of posting summaries of the readings on a blog post, maybe a powerpoint/slideshow to where students can follow along and take notes as a guideline. Besides those things, I probably would have enjoyed the class a whole lot more. Today is the last day of class, final for this class is on Monday the 9th. Hope you guys have a good break

    FQ: Who was associated with the term 'deconstruction?' (Jacques Derrida)

    DQ: What are your opinions about forgiveness?