Tuesday's online office hours 10-12 are at:
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.
Continuing with Darwin review. Recommended is: read chapters 3 and 4 of The
Office hours from 8:30 - 10:30 am at
- Read this helpful overview from Nature:
- Read the paper by Archer, "Why Do People Love their Pets.". Answer the questions about it
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:
Content assessment test in class.
I will have office hours from 3-4+ pm. My office is MCC212A.
Office hours online at:
https://meet.google.com/xzx-kumn-vgp from 9-11 am.
I will have in-person office hours in MCC212A from 3-4+pm.
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.
Office hours online at
from 9-11 am.
In class we'll have a paper/presentation workshop.
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.
Office hours 9-11 on GoogleMeet. Here's the link:
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.
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.
Office hours 3-5 pm (sorry, I had to change the time because of
morning meeatings) on GoogleMeet at:
Office hours 3-4 PM in MCC212A.
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
We'll discuss: Emotions and the Ultimatum Game.
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
Office hours in MCC212A from 3:00-4:00 pm.
Office hours online today from 3:00 -- 5:00 pm.
You should have your first paragraph of your paper (which will include
your hypothesis) drafted in your wiki by this day.
The Steinkraus Lecture! You can join us via Zoom, using the QR code on
the talk poster.
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
8, 10, 12 November
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.
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.
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!
Office hours online from 3-5 pm at:
Read the passage from Acemoglu (the handout from class)
Office hours in my office from 3-4:30 pm.
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.
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
I'll have office hours from 3-4 pm in MCC212A.
Office hours via GoogleMeet from 3-5 pm.
Presentation 1: Rylee.
Presentation 2: Jordan.
Office hours online from 3-5 pm at:
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.
Presentation 3: Alexa.
Presentation 4: Shannon.
Office hours in MCC212A from 3-4:30 pm.
Presentation 5: Steve.
Presentation 6: Jackson.