Advisory Board

Dr. Susan Schneider

Susan Schneider, Ph.D. is Associate Professor at the Department of Philosophy, The University of Connecticut.
 
Susan is the Sarah Connor of philosophy as she ponders the role of science fiction and thought experiments to help understand uploading, time travel, superintelligence, the Singularity, a new approach to the computational theory of mind, consciousness, and physicalism.
 
Her current work is on the nature of the self and mind, which she examines from the vantage point of issues in philosophy of mind, cognitive science, metaphysics, and neuroethics. She’s written about dualism and monism, artificial intelligence, the mathematical nature of physics, and the nature of the person.
 
Susan edited Science Fiction and Philosophy: From Time Travel to Superintelligence, coedited The Blackwell Companion to Consciousness, and authored The Language of Thought: A New Philosophical Direction.
 
Her papers include Non-Reductive Physicalism and the Mind Problem, Why Property Dualists Must Reject Substance Physicalism, The Metaphysics of Uploading, Alien Minds, The Nature of Symbols in the Language of Thought, LOT, CTM, and the Elephant in the Room, Fodor’s Challenge to the Classical Computational Theory of Mind, Daniel Dennett on the Nature of Consciousness, The Metaphysics of Uploading, Transcending and Enhancing the Human Brain, Cognitive Enhancement and the Nature of Persons, What is the Significance of the Intuition That the Laws of Nature Govern?, and Alien Individuals, Alien Universals, and Armstrong’s Combinatorial Theory of Possibility.
 
Susan earned her B.A. (with honors) in Economics at the University of California at Berkeley in 1993. She earned her Ph.D. in Philosophy at Rutgers University in 2003.
 
Watch Can They Get A Search Warrant For Your Thoughts? and Alien Minds. Listen to Susan Schneider: The Language of Thought: A New Philosophical Direction. Read Mental Lives and Fodor’s LOT and The Dominant Life Form in the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots. Read The Philosophy of “Her”.