Lecture+6 - 305:03 Cognition Fall 2009 Dr.JulienMusolino...

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Fall 2009 305:03 – Cognition Dr. Julien Musolino “The mind is what the brain does” – Steven Pinker
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Announcements _____________________________ Readings 4 and 5 Creative thinking (due Dec. 01) Exam 1: Oct. 11 Exam preparation file on SAKAI Wednesday: review session
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I. Beautiful minds Organization _____________________________ II. Biased minds IV. Talking heads III. Looking inside the mind V. Evolving minds
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So far _____________________________ Scientific thinking There are internal forces that often prevent us from seeing the world objectively (cognitive glitches and biases) There are external forces that often prevent us from seeing the world objectively (e.g., evolution vs. creationism)
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Today _____________________________ To what extent are your thoughts being controlled in a democratic society?
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Today _____________________________ This question naturally follows from our previous investigation And constitutes an important aspect of Cognition; how we represent the world around us.
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Outline _____________________________ The approach The main character: Noam Chomsky The questions Chomsky: the ideas General summary and implications An illustration: the threat we face
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Outline _____________________________ The approach The main character: Noam Chomsky The questions Chomsky: the ideas General summary and implications An illustration: the threat we face
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The approach _____________________________ Views/opinions Rarely hear about
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The approach _____________________________ These are not my views but the views of leading intellectuals You may or may not like these views, but at minimum you ought to know about them My job is to tell you about these views The reason for this cautionary note is …
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The approach _____________________________ These views massively dissent from prevailing opinions That is the opinions of government officials, and the majority of the mass media
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The purpose of tenure “Academic tenure is primarily intended to guarantee the right to academic freedom: it protects teachers and researchers when they dissent from prevailing opinion, openly disagree with authorities of any sort , or spend time on unfashionable topics.” Wikipedia
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Outline _____________________________ The approach The main character: Noam Chomsky The questions Chomsky: the ideas General summary and implications An illustration: the threat we face
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Top public intellectual _____________________________ Ranked # 1 – 2005 list of 100 most important intellectuals
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Top public intellectual _____________________________ "Judged in terms of the power, range, novelty and influence of his thought, Noam Chomsky is arguably the most important intellectual alive today…”
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Moreover _____________________________ Chomsky has ideas on topics that are extremely important to all of us today Topics such as economics, politics, the role of the media, terrorism, etc.
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