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    Mar 13, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Personally I loved this course because the insights to the different perspectives regarding the human mind are incredibly fascinating. The most interesting part about the class was looking at the mind from the perspectives of the following theories: dualism vs. materialism, eliminitivism, behaviorism, identity theory, functionalism, the computational theory of mind. Learning each great argument against one another will make you start to see everything in life differently.

    Course highlights:

    Highlights of this course were reading the different theories of the mind and learning each argument. All the arguments make sense and seem right so it will make you think outside the box to come up with your own unique theory.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    I would suggest really reading the arguments thoroughly. Each argument has a lot of substance which you can use in your essays on the final. Pay attention in class because the professor explains the arguments in an easy way to grasp and will ask you rhetorical questions that make you think outside the box.

    • Spring 2011
    • Dannenberg, J.I.
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    Jan 05, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I wouldn't recommend this class to everyone. But to those who like a challenge or who have a passion for abstract philosophical topics I would advise them to take this class. It is a class called Philsophy of Mind. It is a really interesting class because it ties in a lot of topics, although not very neatly. It concerns Psychology, Linguistics, Biology, Computing, Mathematics, and more. Through reading material on all of these topics one gets a more complete understanding of our concept of mind- what we are referring to when we refer to a mind.

    Course highlights:

    The material can be challenging, but it is not necessary for an introductory class like this one to be able to understand the meaning behind every Philosophical paper that is read. It is just important to understand what each paper contributes to the larger field of Philosophy of Mind and why the Professor chose to include each paper in the course materials. One might argue that knowledge about Philosophy of Mind isn't practical for most students majoring in things like Engineering, English, or Political Science. I would counter that this class isn't only useful because of the information I gained from it, however interesting, but also because the class requires a kind of analytical thought process and an ability to extract hidden arguments and evaluate those arguments that is indispensable for almost any academic major. Most people think of Philosophers as very arrogant and stubborn, that may be true, but there is a misconception that they all kind of make up their own rules and don't really listen to other philosophers. That couldn't be further from the truth. To think philosophically, one must be able to understand and evaluate someone else's thinking in order to improve their own. That is the most valuable skill I gained from this class.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    As you are reading the papers, don't read too slowly and try to understand every detail. Read once quickly to get a summary. After that read a second time to find the main argument and premises. Then consider the argument as a response to other arguments and consider how it fits into the entire subject area. Do not take this class if you are looking for an interesting, but easy class to fill a GE, especially if you are someone who gets annoyed with or discouraged by abstract language. I think the main downfall of this class is that it is recommended to a lot of Freshman and Sophomores who are unsure about their majors, but the class isn't really designed to inform Freshman and Sophomores about the subject in a more simplified way. The professor does not give a lot of background or explanation, forcing students to do most of the investigative work on their own. There is only one paper and one exam at the end. This is nice, but it can lead to procrastination, so make sure you stay on top of the reading. That will also be necessary to understand the lectures most effectively. I did not go to office hours a lot, but that probably would have helped me more. They have a lot of review sessions before the Final exam. I would definitely recommend going to as many of those as you can. They pretty much explained exactly what the professor and TAs were looking for on the final and they highlighted what wasn't really highlighted for us throughout the preceding 9 weeks.

    • Fall 2016
    • Calvin Normore
    • Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading A Few Big Assignments
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    Dec 25, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    I recommend this course to anyone remotely interested in the process of thought. Professor Normore is excellent in discussing ideas and relating the content being reviewed to real-life situations that bring out understanding. Interesting topics are covered in this course and it requires minimal portions of your time.

    Course highlights:

    This course is highly specialized in giving a brief overview of the topic of thought. Keep in mind, this is an introductory class so it is not too rigorous on the material, but it is still somewhat complex, allowing for fun in and alluring to take future advanced courses. The professor and teacher's assistants for this course are beyond helpful and tell you everything you need to know for the final and are always willing to lend a helping hand. I learned many things about philosophers and some of their teachings on thought, while realizing the importance of your professor's input on the course's events.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Make sure to attend class, it is easy to skip but make time to attend the class and absorb the material being gone over. Take advantage of the knowledgeable teacher's assistants and the course's material being stored online, nearly everything you need to know can also be accessed outside of class.

    • Fall 2016
    • Normore,C
    • Great Intro to the Subject A Few Big Assignments Final Paper

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