Excerpt from the syllabus for a course taught at the University of Connecticut: 

Ecological and Representational/Computational

Approaches to Perception

Psychology 370, Fall  2004
Professor M. T. Turvey


Part I

Foundational Concepts



 E. The mechanistic hypothesis

1        Appearance and reality

2        Nature is inherently mathematical

3        Inert matter, passive machine

4        Pragmatic versus absolute truth

5        Right degrees of freedom



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Haugeland, J. (1985). Artificial intelligence: The very idea. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press (Chapter 3: Semantics).

James, W. (1907/1975). Pragmatism and the meaning of truth. Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press. (Lecture VI)

Juarrero, A. (1999). Dynamics in action. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. (Chapter 1)

Krieger, M. H. (1992). Doing physics: How physicists take hold of the world. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press (Preface)

Strong, D. R., & Ray, T. S. (1975). Host tree location of a tropical vine (Monstera Gigantea) by skototropism. Science, 190, 804-806.

Toulmin, S. (1967). Neuroscience and human understanding. In G. C. Quarton, T. Melnechuk and F. O. Schmitt (Eds.), The neurosciences: A study program(pp. 822-832). New York: Rockefeller University Press.

Turvey, M. T. (2002). Lectures on perception and action (Lecture 5). Unpublished manuscript.


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