Lec2 - What does it mean to understand something? Example:...

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What does it mean to understand something?
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Example: Why do we like sex? “Common sense”: Desires, needs, fun, want to… Brain science: Trace the neural pathways (but does this tell us why?) Evolutionary psychology: Sexual behavior has evolved to ensure survival of species BUT….
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(For males only:) CHOOSE: A. You make a donation to the CA sperm bank… 90% chance you will make a married couple happy. B. Date with an attractive woman. She is on the Pill and will not get pregnant… and there is a 25% chance she will have sex with you.
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(For males only) Did you choose B ? Your choices are not driven by reproduction? (But on average, they are). Sexual strategies need not be conscious. Reproductive instinct is separate from cognitive faculties.
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Q: Example: what does it mean to understand a helicopter? (or: a Brain Brain ? Or a Person Person ?) Ans: We can describe how it works Predict what it will do in certain situations Build one that flies
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This note was uploaded on 04/10/2010 for the course PSYC 1 taught by Professor Stuartantsis during the Spring '08 term at UCSD.

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Lec2 - What does it mean to understand something? Example:...

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