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June 5 – Current Debates

Slides: http://www.stanford.edu/class/symsys130/SymSys130-6-5-2013.ppt.pdf. Many philosophers believe that data from naive survey-takers cannot really inform, and should not be used as a standard for, philosophical theories such as Gettier’s theory of the justification of knowledge. See a recent paper on tests of … Continue reading

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June 3 – Communicating Research

Reading: William M. K. Trochim, “Write-Up”, Research Methods Knowledge Base (October 20, 2006 Edition) <http://www.socialresearchmethods.net The full section on “Write-Up” (including “Key Elements”, “Formatting”, and the “Sample Paper”) provides a good overview of how to write a paper in American … Continue reading

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May 29 – Research Ethics

Readings: Norbert Wiener, “Cybernetics in History” (Chapter I) and “Role of the Intellectual and the Scientist” (Chapter VII), The Human Use of Human Beings (1954 Edition), Free Association Books, 1989, pp. 15-27 and 131-135 Chapter 1 presents a view of … Continue reading

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May 22 – Design Thinking

Readings: Don Norman, “Cognitive Engineering”, in Donald A. Norman and Stephen W. Draper (editors), User Centered System Design: New Perspectives on Human-Computer Interaction, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1986, pp. 31-61 This article by the cognitive psychologist turned HCI guru Don Norman … Continue reading

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May 20 – Problem Solving

Readings: John R. Anderson, “Problem Solving” (Chapter 8), Cognitive Psychology and Its Implications, Sixth Edition, Worth Publishers, 2005, pp. 242-278 Problem solving skills of the type discussed in the reading, and which have been studied in the past by psychologists, … Continue reading

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May 15 – Modeling and Simulation

Readings: Paul M. Churchland, “Cognitive Activity in Artificial Neural Networks”, in D. Osherson and E. E. Smith (editors), An Invitation to Cognitive Science, Volume 3: Thinking, MIT Press, 1990 This paper discusses NetTalk, a neural network program that solved the … Continue reading

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May 13 – Data Analysis

Readings: William M. K. Trochim, “Analysis” (through “Randomized Block Analysis”), Research Methods Knowledge Base (October 20, 2006 Edition) <http://www.socialresearchmethods.net&gt; Potential confusion in section on “Threats to Conclusion Validity”. In this: conclude that there is no relationship when in fact there … Continue reading

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