POCAB DeCal, Assignment #9
For this assignment you can choose one of the following questions:
Consider again the argument at the last page of Worksheet 7, "The Judgment Algorithm":
Then answer the following questions:
1. Describe the argument in your own terms.
2. What is a universal Turing machine?
3. What does it mean for a human to be a universal Turing machine? Give a concrete example.
4. Do you believe a human is a universal Turing machine?
5. One familiar objection to the idea that humans are universal Turing machines is that humans are finite, while universal Turing machines use infinite tape. One possible response to this objection is that "humans are finite" and "universal Turing machines use infinite tape" are using different conceptions of the term "(in)finite": that is, in the latter, the term is in a mathematical sense, whereas in the former, it may be a more metaphorical sense. Branching from this response, we discussed in class that "humans are finite" may be a Christian idea, as related to the book "The Religion of Technology". Discuss this debate, and pick a side.
From "Piaget's Constructivism" (
), what does Piaget mean by assimilation? Accommodation? Equilibration? Schemata? What picture of child development emerges from the coalition of concepts? Answer in your own words.
Pick your favorite passage from lecture 1 of the Sources of Normativity (
), copy and paste it, and describe why it is your favorite. Words in this passage do not count towards the assignment's required word count.
Your response here (200-500 words)
Send me a copy of my response.
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