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Susan Schneider, an associate professor of philosophy and cognitive science at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, writes about matters involving the philosophy of cognitive science and, in particular, the plausibility of computational theories of mind and theoretical issues in artificial intelligence. Her work wrestles with vexed questions about the metaphysical nature of the self and mind—and whether or not non-biological creatures are capable of consciousness and, if so, might humans one day be able to upload our minds to computers. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Schneider earned a Ph.D. in philosophy at Rutgers University in 2003. She began her teaching career at Moravian College and moved on to the University of Pennsylvania in 2006 as an assistant professor of philosophy and a faculty member in Penn’s Institute for Research in Cognitive Science, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, and Center for Neuroscience and Society. She accepted her present position in 2012. The recipient of a research fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies and the National Humanities Center, she also has been a research fellow at the Research School of the Social Sciences at the Australian National University. Dr. Schneider is a fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies and of the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton. The author of nearly thirty papers published in academic journals or volumes of collected works, she is the editor (with Max Velmans) of the Blackwell Companion to Consciousness (2007), as well as the author of Science Fiction and Philosophy (2009) and The Language of Thought: A New Philosophical Direction, a study published in 2011 by MIT Press, which reappraises the influential language of thought hypothesis about the nature of mind with attention to new developments in cognitive and computational neuroscience. Dr. Schneider is presently completing a third monograph in the field of metaphysics, The Mind-Body Problem: Rethinking the Solution Space, for Oxford University Press, and is putting together a book of her popular essays, entitled The Singularity Papers, on philosophical issues surrounding the technology of singularity.