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lecture 1 - Determinism vs Free will Determinism: the...

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Determinism vs Free will Determinism: the assumption that everything happens has a cause or a determinant in the observable world Dualism: holds that the mind is separate from the brain but somehow controls the brain and therefore the rest of the body Monism: favored by nearly all brain researchers. Holds that conscious experience is inseparable from the physical brain “the mind is what the brain does” Recent research: using brain scanning technology predicted with 80 percent accuracy which one of eight possible mental tasks someone was doing (reading peoples thoughts With either dualism or monism there is a tough question: For dualism: if the mind and brain are separate types of substances, how do they interact? Why do physical events cause mental events and vice versa? For monism: how does mental experience emerge from brain activity? Nature vs. Nurture What in human behavior and mental life is genetically fixed (nature) and what is the
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This note was uploaded on 01/26/2012 for the course 830 201 taught by Professor Leyton during the Spring '08 term at Rutgers.

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