From Synapse to Self
The discoveries of psychology and neuroscience challenge long-standing Western conceptions of personal identity, the permanence of the self, and the nature of free will. Can networks of neurons alone store memories and give rise to thought, agency, and moral behavior? Are all thoughts and behaviors biologically determined? Is our sense of a unitary, permanent self an illusion? In this seminar we will explore these questions; examine the relationships between nervous system function, mental processes, and personal identity; and survey the development and influence of "brain science" by reading and discussing the works of scientists, philosophers, novelists, and artists. 3 hrs sem.
- Spring 2012
- McCardell Bicentennial Hall 331(MBH 331)
- 11:00am-12:15pm on Tuesday, Thursday (Feb 13, 2012 to May 14, 2012)
- Mark Stefani
- First Year Seminar
- First-Year Seminar Program
- Requirements Fulfilled:
- CW SCI SOC
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