Chapter 5 Notes
1. What is the difference between scientific reasoning and everyday?
We are not designed as abstract thinkers, but as practical problem solvers.
The Linda problem: the role of "narratives" in thinking about Linda. Finding
the correct solut
With limited knowledge on consciousness, many are not able to propose a
theory that truly demystifies the topic. The author of "Radiant Cool" Dan Lloyd
has presented his overall theory of consciousness in the form of a fictional
novel. Moreover I
Lecture Notes 3
1. Why is it an error to think of evolution as "striving towards" higher levels of
Evolution does not "strive". "Intelligence" is just one adaptation to one set of
Although Pinker suggests that human intelligence
Lecture Notes 2
1. What role do beliefs and desires play in explaining intelligent behavior?
A rational person will act based on beliefs and desires. So what is "intelligent"
must depend on what the person is trying to do, and expects to happen.
We use th
Life meant convincing another that you knew what it meant to be alive.
In an era where education is so highly valued and individuals are expected to
spend countless hour reading, processing, and regurgitating information from
any number of discipl
Exam 2 Study Guide
Dan Lloyd suggests, in Radiant Cool, that the best way to present and
test a theory of consciousness is in the form of a novel. Regardless of
your own opinion on this matter, what argument would be mounted by
Exam 1 Study Guide
Questions concerning cognitive science (3 points per question)
1. What kind of evidence is needed to show that a psychological process is
modular? Give an example of a something that has been shown to be a
psychological module in this w
Richard Powers' novel The Echo Maker is a mind absorbing account of three
characters and their struggles to rediscover themselves. One of the main topics
about consciousness in the novel is Capgras syndrome. This mental impairment
causes the in
Chapter 6 Notes
1. What evidence suggests that the experience and expression of emotions are
Damasio ("Descarte's Error") - emotions are not separate from intellect.
Intelligent behavior requires understanding of emotions.
Research by Ekman. No
Lecture Notes 1
1. What point is Pinker trying to make in his discussion of how to build a
The complexity of apparently simple things like perception, motion,
The surprising effects of built-in modules on all kinds of behaviors.