1Psych 120 / CogSci 100:Basic Issues in Cognition3 units, Fall 2009Prof. Lombrozo1.2Claims 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.1.3From the media:1.4The Challenges•Intuition Blindness:– “…intuition systematicallyblinds us to the fulluniverse of problems ourminds spontaneouslysolve…” (Cosmides &Tooby, 1995)1.5The Challenges•Mind, n.:“A mysterious form ofmatter secreted by the brain. Itschief activity consists in theendeavor to ascertain its ownnature, the futility of the attemptbeing due to the fact that it hasnothing but itself to know itselfwith.” (Bierce, 1911)1.6What do we knowabout cognition?How do we know it?
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