Honors Theses: Philosophy & Psychology Session

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2016
Thursday, April 21st
11:00 AM

A Philosophical Approach to Animal Rights

Kyle D. Reaka, Murray State University

Barkley Room, Curris Center

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This presentation will be of my Senior Honor's Thesis, which explores the issue of animal rights from various philosophical perspectives. These perspectives include utilitarianism, Kantianism, ecofeminism, and others. Through this cross-section of views, I formulate and defend my own position. I ultimately advocate for the extension of basic rights and liberties to non-human animals, as well as a respect for these rights through the practice of ethical vegetarianism.

Public Perception of Artificial Intelligence

Cory Canter, Murray State University

Barkley Room, Curris Center

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

There is such a divergence between the realities of artificial intelligence: where the field currently stands, future projections, etc., and the ways that it is portrayed in various forms of media. In this study I examined sources ranging from expert predictions and standings and news reports on developments in the field to different ways A.I. has been shown in various forms of media, as well as conducted a survey to gauge understanding and opinion on A.I. to explore the links between the coverage and portrayal of A.I. and the public's perception of the field.