Our neural pathways establish reruns of what has gone on before.
Like the three-year-old who insists on watching The Little Mermaid
over and over again, we cling to our warped illusions with a tenacious
grip. Get your bloody hands off my illusion! Even though it makes us
miserable, we prefer to place our faith in the disaster we have made."
Pam Grout (2013)
Our minds are our instruments for understanding reality and for forming our beliefs. Imperfections in these instruments lead us to misunderstanding and illusion. The situation is worse if we are not even aware of the imperfections. This interdisciplinary course, drawing upon linguistics, cognitive psychology, and neuroscience, considers various obstacles along the path toward understanding and belief: neurological, cognitive, emotional, semantic. Lectures and discussion, with some brief readings.
Coordinator: Sydney Lamb
Before retiring Syd Lamb was a professor of linguistics and cognitive science at Rice University. He is the author of Pathways of the Brain (1999) and Language and Reality (2004).
Cape Cod Community College
Mondays 1:00 - 2:30
Twelve weeks, September 9 - December 9, 2013
Mondays 10:45 - 12:15
Six weeks, March 18 - April 29, 2013