Up@dawn 2.0

Tuesday, December 2, 2014


1. Wittgenstein's main message was that _____ lie beyond the limits of our understanding and that we should probably stay silent about them. LH 203

2. Hannah Arendt described the Nazi Eichmann with the phrase _________, suggesting that the most ordinary-seeming people are capable of great evil. LH 212

3. John Rawls' "stroke of genius" was a thought experiment called the ______, in which people are presumed to select principles of justice behind a veil of _______. LH 230

4. Alan Turing designed a test for _______. LH 235

5. John Searle's ______ Room thought experiment was designed to show that computers ____ (can, can't) think. LH 234

6. Peter Singer calls those who don't give enough weight to the interests of animals _____. LH 243

BONUS: What kind of language did Wittgenstein say we can't have?

BONUS+: Rawls, with his view that large social inequities of wealth are defensible only when they benefit the least well-off members of society, was a _____. (liberal, libertarian)

BONUS++: The new film about Alan Turing is called what? The new film featuring intelligent machines with a sense of humor and the appearance (in the words of a reviewer) of a Kit-Kat bar is _____?


1. Do you agree with Wiggenstein that we should be "silent" about things we don't entirely understand?

2. Do you agree with Arendt that ordinary people are capable of great evil?

3. If you didn't know any details about yourself (race, ethnicity, income, vocation, career...) would you be capable of rendering more unbiased and fair judgments about social justice?

4. Do you think artificial intelligence is likely to become indistinguishable from human intelligence in your lifetime?

5. How do you define intelligence? Is there any non-arbitrary way to exclude AI?

6. Is it unethical to automatically privilege human interests above those of other species?

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