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Lecture1-CourseOverview

Lecture1-CourseOverview - Claims about cognition Psych 120...

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1 Psych 120 / CogSci 100: Basic Issues in Cognition 3 units, Fall 2009 Prof. Lombrozo 1.2 Claims about cognition: Practice makes perfect. Experience is the best teacher. It’s never too late to learn. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Old habits die hard. Out of sight, out of mind. Seeing is believing. Two heads are better than one. 1.3 From the media: 1.4 The Challenges Intuition Blindness : – “…intuition systematically blinds us to the full universe of problems our minds spontaneously solve…” (Cosmides & Tooby, 1995) 1.5 The Challenges Mind, n. : “A mysterious form of matter secreted by the brain. Its chief activity consists in the endeavor to ascertain its own nature, the futility of the attempt being due to the fact that it has nothing but itself to know itself with.” (Bierce, 1911) 1.6 What do we know about cognition? How do we know it?
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