Philosophy Question

This assignment involves critically evaluating and correcting a paper generated by

ChatGPT. It’s designed to test your analytical skills and your grasp of the course material.

ChatGPT-Generated Paper: During a class session, I will input a prompt into ChatGPT,
asking it to write a paper on a specific topic covered in our readings and discussions.
The topic will be deliberately chosen to challenge ChatGPT, likely resulting in a paper
with various inaccuracies and misunderstandings, particularly in areas where ChatGPT
might confuse psychology with philosophy or misuse technical terms.

Critical Analysis and Correction: Your task is to thoroughly analyze this paper and
identify its flaws. This involves more than just pointing out errors; you need to explain
why they are mistakes, what the correct interpretations or facts are, and how the paper
should have approached the topic. Your critique should be detailed and comprehensive,
demonstrating a deep understanding of the subject matter.

Detailed Correction Submission: Your submission should be a well-articulated, extensive
critique of the ChatGPT paper. It should highlight each error, provide the correct
information or interpretation, and offer an explanation of why ChatGPT’s version was
incorrect. This assignment will require a substantial amount of writing, equivalent in effort
and depth to the other assignments in this course.

Through this exercise, you will not only reinforce your own understanding of cognitive science
but also hone your skills in critical analysis. Correcting the inaccuracies of an AI-generated
paper will challenge you to apply your knowledge in a practical, real-world context, ensuring you
have a robust and accurate understanding of the course material. This assignment is an
opportunity to engage deeply with the nuances of cognitive science, distinguishing between
closely related fields and clarifying complex concepts.

In your final submission you should have your revisions somehow marked and explained. They should be extensive. I’d like to see 800 or so words of changes and/or explinations of your changes/or corrections. You don’t have to change anything if you want to just be grading it and making comments about what is wrong, but you should be writing 800+ words however you approach this assignment.


Possible Project Prompt: The Ethical Implications of the Non-Identity Problem

The non-identity problem challenges our ethical intuitions by questioning whether it can be wrong to bring into existence a person whose life is worth living, but is predictably less well-off than a potential person might have been under different circumstances. This philosophical dilemma has significant implications across various real-world issues, including environmental ethics, historical injustices, and bioethical decisions.

For this project, choose one of the following contexts to explore the non-identity problem:

  1. Climate Change: Analyze how the non-identity problem complicates moral arguments for taking aggressive action against climate change. Consider the future generations who will exist in a changed climateindividuals who would not have existed had we made different choices today. How does this affect our moral obligations toward mitigating climate change?
  2. Reparations for Historical Injustices: Examine the argument for reparations in light of the non-identity problem. Given that the present populations of those affected by historical injustices (e.g., slavery, colonization) would not be who they are without these past wrongs, how does the non-identity problem impact the case for reparations?
  3. Bioethical Decisions and Genetic Conditions: Explore the ethical considerations of deciding to have a child at a time when it is known they will be born with a significant health condition (e.g., during a Zika virus outbreak) versus waiting until the risk is minimized. How does the non-identity problem influence our understanding of harm and consent in this context?

Your project should:

  • Briefly explain the non-identity problem and its significance.
  • Choose one of the provided contexts for a focused analysis.
  • Discuss any challenges or limitations these theories face in resolving the non-identity problem within your chosen context.
  • Conclude with your reasoned argument about how we might navigate the ethical dilemmas posed by the non-identity problem in your selected area.

Your analysis should demonstrate an understanding of the non-identity problem, engage with ethical theories studied in the course, and offer a nuanced exploration of the chosen issue’s moral complexities. Aim to articulate your ideas clearly, supported by reasoned arguments and evidence from course materials and external sources as needed.