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Pete Mandik
Works at William Paterson University
Attended Washington University, St. Louis
Lives in New York City
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Philosophy Professor
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  • William Paterson University
    Professor of Philosophy, 2011 - present
  • William Paterson University
    Associate Professor of Philosophy, 2005 - 2011
  • William Paterson University
    Assistant Professor of Philosophy, 2000 - 2005
  • University of Missouri, St. Louis
    Adjunct Instructor of Philosophy, 1998 - 2000
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New York City
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Weehawken, NJ - Maryland Heights, MO - University City, MO - Urbana, IL - Glendale Heights, IL - Northlake, IL - Pittsburgh, PA
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I mean "literally" literally but "metaphorically" only metaphorically.
Introduction
Philosopher of mind, working primarily on the naturalization of consciousness. Interested also in the relevant sciences, mostly cognitive neuroscience, biological psychology, and drinking-beer-ology.
Bragging rights
Author of Key Terms in Philosophy of Mind (Continuum), co-author of Cognitive Science: An Introduction to the Mind and Brain (Routledge), and co-editor of Philosophy and the Neurosciences: A Reader (Blackwell).
Education
  • Washington University, St. Louis
    Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology, 1995 - 2000
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
    Philosophy, 1993 - 1995
  • College of DuPage, Illinois
    Philosophy, 1991 - 1993
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Kuato is the stomach guy from Total Recall; Mugatu is the villain Will Ferrell plays in Zoolander
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+Richard Brown We have a winner!
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Interview of me on mind uploading
" Upload Your Mind and Live Forever " is an interview of me on mind uploading over at hopesandfears.com. Excerpt: Well, part of what I’m trying to say is that, like most metaphysical debates, this is going to be irresoluble by argumentation. There’s really ...
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Eric Linus Kaplan is an author (Does Santa Exist?), a TV writer (Big Bang Theory, Futurama), and an all-around philosophical dude (Buddhist monk, UC Berkeley philosophy doctoral student). Eric joins philosophy professors Richard Brown and Pete Mandik, co-hosts of the SpaceTimeMind podcast, for a discussion of knowledge, existence, and comedy. For more information about Eric Kaplan, check out his IMDB page (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0438235/) and his blog (http://ericlinuskaplan.wordpress.com). For more information about the SpaceTimeMind podcast and video series, visit us at http://spacetimemind.com.
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Knowledge, Existence, and Comedy with Eric Linus Kaplan
Mon, November 10, 2014, 9:00 PM
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That's funky!
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Two new Mandik videos on intentionality
The man with two brains. I've just uploaded two new videos to my YouTube channel . The first, " Brains, Machines, and Intentionality " presupposes some familiarity with Searle's Chinese room argument against artificial intelligence, so I made a second video...
I've just uploaded two new videos to my YouTube channel. The first, "Brains, Machines, and Intentionality" presupposes some familiarity with Searle's Chinese room argument against artificial intelligence, so I made a second video for the uninitiated. That one is called "Searle's Chinese Room ...
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Succinct New Video Overview of the SpaceTimeMind Podcast

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Interview of me on mind uploading
" Upload Your Mind and Live Forever " is an interview of me on mind uploading over at hopesandfears.com. Excerpt: Well, part of what I’m trying to say is that, like most metaphysical debates, this is going to be irresoluble by argumentation. There’s really ...
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Yes, "introdus" seemed process-preserving. Diaspora has this not-quite-humanlike developmental take where new citizens are created. But indeed they are not uploads, so my clarification wasn't needed.
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Video Trailer for the 2015 spring semester of the SpaceTimeMind podcast

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Physicist Sean Carroll, later today for SpaceTimeMind
 
Physicist Sean Carroll joins philosophers Richard Brown and Pete Mandik, co-hosts of the SpaceTimeMind podcast, for a discussion of time, matter, and the universe. Sean is author of the books From Eternity To Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time (2010) and The Particle at the End of the Universe: How the Hunt for the Higgs Boson Leads Us to the Edge of a New World (2012). For more information about Sean, visit his website preposterousuniverse.com. For more information about the SpaceTimeMind podcast and video series, visit us at spacetimemind.com. 
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Time, Matter, and the Universe with Physicist Sean Carroll
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Two Mandik videos on Searle and artificial intelligence
From Pete Mandik's Brain Hammer blog: http://petemandik.blogspot.com/2014/10/two-new-mandik-videos-on-intentionality.html
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I watched only the Chinese room video.
Objections to the Chinese room argument:

The interface is to poor to be really intelligent. The Chinese room system to a system that cannot be intelligent.

(1) the book must be very large to answer all the questions, which is not possible.
(2) intelligence here is reduced here to database queries or static intelligence, static in time and static in space (3D space)
(3) an IA, even in a very simple version, must have an investigation module looking for sources of information and new information.
For instance, she should be able to answer questions like "Here are 4 boxes, where is the blue pen?" or "Analyse this video, why is the referee rejecting the goal?".  The Chinese room system can't answer these questions.

In fact the Chinese room system can't even answer questions like: "What is the temperature in Berlin now?" Google can.

Artificial minds are difficult to build but for other reasons.
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Support PIKSI, the Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute
Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute, PIKSI, is  dedicated to improving the pipeline of diverse and under-represented students into Philosophy graduate programs and, ultimately, into the profession. PIKSI is conducting a fund-raising campaign thi...
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