April 10th lecture notes PSYC213

April 10th lecture notes PSYC213 - Apr 10 Final Lecture...

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Apr 10 – Final Lecture (wrap up) Note that this is lecture was all (minimal) review.  Enjoy. According to Levitin (and Dennett) the point of psychology is to form just the right question that  will allow us to get an answer we didn’t know before. ‘With the wrong questions, we don’t get further’. Where do thoughts come from? - Most scientists believe thoughts are a product of the brain (and not of outside forces) o There’s no such thing as ghosts or gremlins, or whatever - Most people who are not scientists (and some scientists) believe that thoughts can have  an existence independent of the brain - Those who believe the mind arises from the brain are called  monists  (and in particular,  ‘materialists’) - Those who believe the mind can exist independently of the brain are called  dualists. The intention of this course is not to teach you the right answer to this question… because there  is no right answer. - The purpose of the course was to teach you the major topics of cognition (the science of  though) The  cognitive science  approach can be applied to a host of real-world situations and to  understanding applied and practical problems in a variety of domains. Ex)  we can use what we learned about evolutionary psychology to consider the source of  moral judgments. Moral Reasoning – A product of evolution:
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course PSYC 213 taught by Professor Levitin during the Winter '08 term at McGill.

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April 10th lecture notes PSYC213 - Apr 10 Final Lecture...

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