What could be more interesting than the human mind? This is not just a first course in psychology but an opportunity to explore some of the deepest and most fascinating issues in intellectual life. Is there such a thing as human nature? How does the activity of the brain result in intelligence, consciousness, will? How do we see, think, learn, talk, feel, relate to one another? Why do we fall in love, find babies cute, crave sex, experience disgust and fear, distrust other races, kill each other? And why do we differ: women from men, gay from straight, one individual from another, the... Read more about PSY 1: Introduction to Psychological Science
How can members of a species that discovered symbolic logic and the double helix also believe that the earth is flat and that Hillary Clinton ran a child-sex ring out of a pizzeria? Human rationality is very much in the news, as we struggle to understand how an era with unpreceded scientific sophistication could harbor so much fake news, conspiracy theorizing, and “post-truth” rhetoric. Rationality has also long been a foundational topic in the academy, including philosophy, psychology, economics, mathematics, and government. Part I of “Rationality” covers the nature of... Read more about RATIONALITY | GENED 1066
Graduate course Enrollment is limited to teaching fellows for "The Human Mind" and graduate students who have obtained the permission of the instructor Thursday 3:30-5:30 A graduate companion course to "The Human Mind," which explores the theories and controversies in greater depth. Topics include nature and nurture, reductionism, determinism, religion and science, consciousness, violence, politics, sex differences, and rationality.
Undergraduate General Education course No prerequisites
Lectures: Tuesday & Thursday 2:30-4, Science Center C
Discussion section: various times
An introduction to the workings of the human psyche as illuminated by experimental psychology, neuroscience, genetics, evolution, artificial intelligence, and the social sciences. The course will introduce major approaches to the study of the mind such as psychoanalysis, behaviorism, cognitive neuroscience, and evolutionary psychology; controversies such as nature-nurture, consciousness...