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seminars > spring 2014 schedule > seminar: On Being Human

 

Honors Seminars Spring 2014

On Being Human

Course:
HON 345 Sec:001  
Credit:
3 hours  
GEP Category:
Humanities (Philosophy); Interdisciplinary Perspectives  
Time:
10:15-11:30  
Days:
TuTh  
Location:
Honors Village Commons Conference Room  
Instructor:
Dr. Gary L. Comstock
 
Description:

What makes us unique, different from animals and machines? This course focuses on the question of human singularity, the properties, if any, that distinguish us from dogs and pigs, on the one hand, and artificial intelligences and cyborgs on the other. We will watch and discuss youtube videos about computers that read monkeys brains, robots that imitate human facial movements, and pigs with human genes. We'll also read about scientific experiments in these areas, and philosophical explorations of those experiments. What is human nature? And if technology advances to the point where we can actually change human nature, should we? Should we implant memory chip in our brains? Would you upload your psychological identity into a virtual Matrix and live in a disembodied state?