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Karen Lewis & John Morrison
Karen Lewis & John Morrison
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Barnard College and Columbia University.
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Barnard College and Columbia University
Minds and Machines
Minds and Machines
Can a machine think? When philosophers ask this question, they mean: could a man-made machine have thoughts, emotions, sensations, beliefs, desires, and understanding in the same sense as when we attribute these things to human beings? In this talk, Lewis and Morrison will explore some answers – traditional and new – to the question of what it would take for a machine to think, focusing particularly on two cases: perception and language.
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Karen Lewis received her PhD from Rutgers University as well as a graduate certificate in Cognitive Science. She worked as an assistant professor in the School of Philosophy at USC before joining the Barnard-Columbia department. Her research mainly focuses on the philosophy of language, though it often has lead her into the realms of metaphysics, epistemology, cognitive science, philosophy of mind, and linguistics.

John Morrison is an assistant professor philosophy at Barnard College, Columbia University. He is currently working on two projects. The first is about the way we visually represent colors, locations, and durations. It draws heavily on empirical psychology. The second project is about the foundations of Spinoza's metaphysics.