Lecture 9 - Fall 2009 305:03 – Cognition Dr Julien Musolino “The mind is what the brain does” – Steven Pinker Announcements Readings 8 and

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Unformatted text preview: Fall 2009 305:03 – Cognition Dr. Julien Musolino “The mind is what the brain does” – Steven Pinker Announcements _____________________________ Readings 8 and 9 Assignment # 2 due by Oct. 25 @ 10:00pm Creative component due by Dec. 01 Midterm 2 on November 10 Driving around NJ _____________________________ After you die, you will meet God. Will you be ready?-- Biblical reference Pew Global Attitudes Project, November 2007 Operation Iraqi ‘Freedom’ The magnitude of the divide 87% of Americans say they “never doubt the existence of God” 93% of the members of the US National Academy of Sciences say they do not believe in a personal God- Recent Pew, Gallup, and Newsweek polls (cited by Sam Harris)- 1998 Poll (cited by Victor Stenger) Main points Human beings do not have a soul The soul is a cognitive illusion/delusion There is no ‘life after death’ This makes life as we know it all the more precious Three groups of people The choir The undecided The enlightened Today The traditional/popular view The modern scientific view vs. Pope John Paul II “Today … some new findings lead us toward the recognition of evolution as more than a hypothesis. In fact it is remarkable that this theory has had progressively greater influence on the spirit of researchers, following a series of discoveries in different scholarly disciplines. The convergence in the results of these independent studies—which was neither planned nor sought—constitutes in itself a significant argument in favor of the theory.” Message delivered to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences 22 October 1996 Pope John Paul II “Pius XII underlined the essential point: if the origin of the human body comes through living matter which existed previously, the spiritual soul is created directly by God ” “As a result, the theories of evolution which regard the spirit either as emerging from the forces of living matter, or as a simple epiphenomenon of that matter, are incompatible with the truth about man .” Message delivered to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences 22 October 1996 The asymmetry _____________________________ Views/opinions Rarely hear about Godless commercial The asymmetry _____________________________ The asymmetry _____________________________ Vilayanur Ramachandran...
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Lecture 9 - Fall 2009 305:03 – Cognition Dr Julien Musolino “The mind is what the brain does” – Steven Pinker Announcements Readings 8 and

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