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Academic Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

LASS323 Minds,Brains&Consciousness 3cr


What is the mind? Some of history’s most profound
thinkers have attempted to answer this question,
yet the nature of the mind remains elusive and
hotly debated in contemporary philosophy. Can the
mysteries of conscious experience be reconciled
with a naturalistic, scientific world view? Is
the mind really just a kind of computer, a
machine made of meat? What is thinking, and can
computers do it? In this course, we will
investigate what Francis Crick has called the
Astonishing Hypothesis-“that “You,” your joys and
your sorrows, your memories and your ambitions,
your sense of personal identity and free will,
are in fact no more than the behavior of a vast
assembly of nerve cells and their associated
molecules.

Prerequisites: FRSM-100 and LALW-100

Lecture
Fall and Spring