Science and the Mind

Instructor: Andrew Kornfeld

Rather than host a science class that attempts to merely survey different disciplines of science like physics, chemistry, environmental science, and biology, this course is based around a common theme. This theme is mind. While physics and mathematics are foundational disciplines of science in the traditional sense, the study of subjects like the brain, behavior, thought, cognition, and consciousness are also critical. The mind is required for all human interaction, including the study of science itself, the state of being awake, and even reading this passage. None of this would be possible without the mind.

Course Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course students should be able to understand:

  1. The basics of the life sciences, i.e. organic chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, physiology, evolutionary biology and ecology.
  2. The concepts that encompass sciences that pertain directly to the study of the mind, i.e. Neuroscience, Cognitive Science and Psychology.
  3. The applications of the sciences that study the mind i.e. psychopharmacology, A.I., and Clinical Approaches.
  4. Ways in which living systems exhibit patterns.
  5. Every student at the end of this course should be able to construct, articulate and synthesize his or her opinion on: the definition of consciousness and why we study the mind.
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