Would You Recognize a Mind When You See One?

This was one of my very first blog posts on Contemplating Cognition, originally published September 13, 2012. The Chinese Room continues to be one of my favorite philosophical puzzles. Human beings see minds everywhere. In one classic experiment, Heider and Simmel showed people simple animated shapes and asked people to describe the events afterward. Most…

Getting into the mind of the Chinese Room

My nephew has recently rediscovered his love of Wall-E, and inspired me to rediscover one of my very first blog entries, exploring the Chinese Room and how we decide who has a mind and who doesn’t. Originally posted as “Would you recognize a mind when you see one?” on September 13, 2012. Human beings see minds…

The Mind Behind the Art

This evening I attended an exhibition of senior art majors’ thesis pieces, covering a fantastic array from pottery to acrylic glazes to digital portraits to more modern art pieces, including larger-than-life interactive puppets. I was thoroughly impressed by the effort and achievements of our students, but I suspect that the messages of the piece went over…