The Symbolic Systems Program (SSP) at Stanford University focuses on computers and minds: artificial and natural systems that use symbols to communicate, and to represent information. SSP brings together students and faculty interested in different aspects of the human-computer relationship, including...
- cognitive science: studying human intelligence, natural languages, and the brain as computational processes;
- artificial intelligence: endowing computers with human-like behavior and understanding; and
- human-computer interaction: designing computer software and interfaces that work well with human users.
Symbolic Systems' affiliated faculty come from several
departments at Stanford, including Computer Science, Linguistics,
and Education. Our students
are exposed to the tools of these disciplines -- formal
methods, philosophical analysis, computer programming,
and empirical research -- with the aim of being able to
apply the appropriate tool(s) to a chosen area of
specialization. SSP alumni are found in various
occupations, including software design and applications,
teaching and research, law, medicine, and public
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What's New in Symbolic Systems?
Symbolic Systems Forum
A New Theory of Bullshit
Monday, Oct. 30, 2017
Building 460, Room 126 (Margaret Jacks Hall)
In his landmark essay “On Bullshit,” Harry Frankfurt offers the first philosophical analysis of bullshit. Unlike lying, where the ...
Office hours are designated times when Stanford students are invited to consult with Symbolic Systems Advising Fellows and Program Administrators. Current office hours are posted below, effective September 25, 2017. If you are viewing this in the newsroll, click "Full Article" to see the complete list of office hours. Watch ...