CGSC 1001 T - Mysteries of the Mind

Challenges faced in understanding the mind, and some of the approaches cognitive science has brought to bear on them. Topics may include the nature of knowledge, how we learn, the extent to which human thinking is rational, biases in thinking, and evolutionary influences on cognition.

The human mind is the most complex thing discovered in the universe. Learn about minds in humans, animals, and computers in this fascinating exploration of consciousness, memory, creativity, problem solving, perception, and your own biases.

The introductory course will also cover fun topics such as how cognitive science can help you through school, how cognitive science applies to important real-world problems in areas such as law and computer interfaces, and the mind issues raised by popular movies. This course will guide you through the fascinating mysteries, and the solutions found so far, of our inner world.

CRN for section T: 30781

CRN for section TOD (optional Video On Demand service): 30782

In-class lecture time & location:
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:05pm to 2:25pm, THB SA

Instructor: Jim Davies

About the instructor: Jim Davies is an award-winning teacher of the online course Mysteries of the Mind. Jim loves teaching this introduction to the wonders of cognitive science because it speaks to things that everybody is interested in: dreams, language, and how our mind works. He is the author of Riveted: The Science of Why Jokes Make us Laugh, Movies Make us Cry, and Religion Makes us Feel One with the Universe.

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