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Lecture+9 - 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 8 and 9 Assignment # 2 due by Oct. 25 @ 10:00pm Creative component due by Dec. 01 Midterm 2 on November 10
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Driving around NJ _____________________________ After you die, you will meet God. Will you be ready? -- Biblical reference
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Pew Global Attitudes Project, November 2007
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Operation Iraqi ‘Freedom’
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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)
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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
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Three groups of people The choir The undecided The enlightened
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Today The traditional/popular view The modern scientific view vs.
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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
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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
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The asymmetry _____________________________ Views/opinions Rarely hear about
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Godless commercial
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The asymmetry _____________________________
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The asymmetry _____________________________
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Vilayanur Ramachandran
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