Guest Lecture Barbara Finlay 3-3-11

Guest Lecture Barbara Finlay 3-3-11 - The brain and you...

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Unformatted text preview: The brain and you Attitude adjustment: what to make fun of, what to respect, what to try to learn in neuroscience 1. What to make fun of: Proving the Brain theory, over and over. --materialism versus our natural dualism Intrusive phrenology brain, pharmacology, genetics Anything which shows it does not understand that the brain constructs itself from experience 10,000 hours 2. What to respect. A basic diagram; brain parts as verbs Nice examples of integration in PSTD and autism. 3. What to learn 1. What to make fun of: Proving the Brain theory, over and over. --materialism versus our natural dualism Intrusive phrenology brain, pharmacology, genetics Anything which shows it does not understand that the brain constructs itself from experience 10,000 hours 2. What to respect. A basic diagram; brain parts as verbs Nice examples of integration in PSTD and autism. 3. What to learn Materialism versus natural dualism Natural-born dualists First, we perceive the world of objects as essentially separate from the world of minds, making it possible for us to envision soulless bodies and bodiless souls. This helps explain why we believe in gods and an afterlife. .For those of us who are not autistic, the separateness of these two mechanisms, one for understanding the physical world and one for understanding the social world, gives rise to a duality of experience. We experience the world of material things as separate from the world of goals and desires. The biggest consequence has to do with the way we think of ourselves and others. We are dualists; it seems intuitively obvious that a physical body and a conscious entitya mind or soul are genuinely distinct. We don't feel that we are our bodies. Rather, we feel that we occupy them, we possess them, we own them. Paul Bloom, Yale developmental psychologist, writing in the Atlantic Monthly 2005 Ghost, 1990, Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze, Whoopi Goldberg What do I mean by the brain theory?...
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This note was uploaded on 06/01/2011 for the course PSYCH 3250 taught by Professor Segal, h during the Spring '08 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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Guest Lecture Barbara Finlay 3-3-11 - The brain and you...

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