24 August
Tuesday's online office hours 10-12 are at: https://meet.google.com/ywx-xbsw-pkr
25 August
Bring back to me your answers for the very cruel pop take home quiz. In class, we'll be focussing on a review of some of the methods and the conceptual tools of philosophy.
1 September
Continuing with Darwin review. Recommended is: read chapters 3 and 4 of The Selfish Gene.
2 September
Office hours from 8:30 - 10:30 am at https://meet.google.com/zwh-ibrq-pnk?authuser=0.
10 September
Before class:
  1. Read this helpful overview from Nature: https://www.nature.com/scitable/knowledge/library/game-theory-evolutionary-stable-strategies-and-the-25953132/
  2. Read the paper by Archer, "Why Do People Love their Pets.". Answer the questions about it on BlackBoard.
13 September
Logic assessment
2. AltruismR

20 September
Practice on our biological concepts. Answer the questions about Altruism-B on BlackBoard.

I'll try to find some overviews on Rational Choice Theory for you to read. Here's an easy, very high-level one from Britannica: https://www.britannica.com/topic/rational-choice-theory.
24 September
Content assessment test in class.

I will have office hours from 3-4+ pm. My office is MCC212A.
28 September
Office hours online at: https://meet.google.com/xzx-kumn-vgp from 9-11 am.
29 September
I will have in-person office hours in MCC212A from 3-4+pm.
1 October
A bit of review. I found a well-written article that covers the issue of altruism-r (the title's not PC but I didn't name it, so don't blame me please). I've put it on BlackBoard. Please read the article and then answer the questions on BlackBoard.
3. Game theory

For this section, we will have more homeworks. We're going to be learning a tool now, which is beneficial and will give us the ability to begin looking for our cases. But like logic, it will be possible to learn the tool really only if we practice a little.

5 October
Office hours online at https://meet.google.com/nej-gwoo-aoj?authuser=1 from 9-11 am.
8 October
In class we'll have a paper/presentation workshop.
18 October
Practice: Game Theory homework due. Will be posted and handed out in class.

Here's the recording of Gianni Schicchi that we watched. Here is another nice production in Japan.

My office hours this week will be Monday 3-4 pm in my office, Tuesday 9-11 via GoogleMeet (link to be posted soon), and Wednesday 3-4 in my office.
19 October
Office hours 9-11 on GoogleMeet. Here's the link: https://meet.google.com/skj-acdv-xcp?hs=122&authuser=1.
4. Evolutionary Game theory

In this very brief section, we'll expand game theory a bit to allow for melding it with our tools from biology.



October 22
Office hours in MCC221A from 3-4 pm.
5. Moral Psychology

Our last set of tools and concepts will be to consider the role that emotion, and other kinds of psychological phenomena, can play in decision making and strategic reasoning. Roughly from 25 October to 12 November.



26 October
Office hours 3-5 pm (sorry, I had to change the time because of morning meeatings) on GoogleMeet at: https://meet.google.com/udd-cykd-pzz?hs=122&authuser=1&pli=1.
27 October
Office hours 3-4 PM in MCC212A.
28 October
Philosophy Club will be meeting In MCC 210 on Thursday at 5:30pm to watch the movie, Fahrenheit 451. This film has been remade a few times but the 1966 version is generally considered the best. It is based on the Ray Bradbury novel of the same name. Anyone is welcome!
29 October
We'll discuss: Emotions and the Ultimatum Game.
1 November
Please read Robert Frank, Passions with Reason, Preface and Chapter 1. This is available in BlackBoard. I will also email it to you. It's short and written in very simply prose.
1 November
Office hours in MCC212A from 3:00-4:00 pm.
2 November
Office hours online today from 3:00 -- 5:00 pm. Link is: https://meet.google.com/fhs-vpyk-ofu .
3 November
You should have your first paragraph of your paper (which will include your hypothesis) drafted in your wiki by this day.
4 November
The Steinkraus Lecture! You can join us via Zoom, using the QR code on the talk poster.

5 November
We can review the schedule, hypotheses, and then some criteria for doing good slides and talks. If time allows we want to ask the question, where do institutional norms come from? What sustains them?

Dan found the fun case of a simulation trying to evolve altruism of a certain kind among artificial organisms. It's simple (no details) but it illustrate how we can model a version of altruism using genetic algorithms.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goePYJ74Ydg&t=494s .
8, 10, 12 November
On the 8th, we'll (continue to) ask: where do institutional norms come from? Then for the remainder of this week, we'll turn to case studies applying our concepts. We can use some of your paper topics as cases, if that seems appropriate.
8 November
Read "Corruption, Norms, and Legal Enforcement" before class. This is available on BlackBoard. Answer the questions on BlackBoard. Most of it is charts, so it's not long!
09 November
Office hours online from 3-5 pm at: https://meet.google.com/diy-cobw-ovo
10 November
Read the passage from Acemoglu (the handout from class) before class.
10 November
Office hours in my office from 3-4:30 pm.
11 November
Office hours in my office from 2-4 pm.
15 November - 3 December
Presentations. We'll do 2 per day, except on 22 November when I think we'll do just one. Start thinking about what day you'd like. We'll have a lottery of some kind.

For presentations, it would be a good idea to have a few powerpoint slides to illustrate your talk. The goal is to talk for 20 minutes, followed by 5-10 minutes of questions. The talk structure can be: What is your hypothesis? Illustrate some cases. Analyze it using the tools we have (is the behavior plausible from a trait? Is the behavior rational? Can you describe it as a game? Do emotions play a (strategic) role?) Defend your hypothesis. Tell us why your answer matters.

I can do practice runs with anyone who wants to do a practice run.
November 15
Paper workshop. Bring your computer and work.

As we mentioned last time, there is an APA guide provided by the Oswego library. May be helpful if you are looking for a quick guide. It's at https://libraryguides.oswego.edu/ld.php?content_id=46401594.
15 November
I'll have office hours from 3-4 pm in MCC212A.
16 November
Office hours via GoogleMeet from 3-5 pm. https://meet.google.com/waf-fhxj-bgc .
November 17
Presentation 1: Rylee.
Presentation 2: Jordan.
November 18
Office hours online from 3-5 pm at: https://meet.google.com/rrt-nqgk-bkj.
18 November
Philosophy club is meeting In MCC 210 at 5:30pm to watch the movie, The Social Dilemma. This is a recent Netflix docudrama about the hazards of social media. It is quite entertaining and informative. Feel free to bring something to eat and drink. Everyone is welcome.
November 19
Presentation 3: Alexa.
Presentation 4: Shannon.

Office hours in MCC212A from 3-4:30 pm.
November 22
Presentation 5: Steve.
Presentation 6: Jackson.