Intro to the Mind
Fall 2015

Papers should be 3-4 pages in length. Papers should be typed, double spaced, with standard margins and 12-point font. Any references, including the class textbook, must be cited on a “works cited” page, separate from the rest of the paper.

Write a paper on the following topic. The paper must be in proper essay form, with an introductory paragraph, supporting paragraphs, and a conclusion. Be sure to address each question asked!

Present and evaluate A.M. Turing’s test for machine intelligence (from the Turing reading). First describe Turing’s test in detail—how does the test work? Explain why Turing thinks it’s a good way to address the question “Can machines think?” Now present and discuss objection 4 (the argument from consciousness). What is the objection, and what is Turing’s response to it? Then present and discuss objection 6 (Lady Lovelace’s objection). What is the objection? What is Turing’s response? Now present your opinion of the Turing test. Is this a good way to tell if a machine can think? Why or why not?

The correct citation for the Turing reading is:

Turing, A.M., (1950), “Computing machinery and intelligence,” Mind, 59, 433-460.

(When giving page numbers of quotes, just count what page you are on in the pdf.)

For advice about how to cite other sources, including class notes, see:


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