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PSYC 482 Mind in Evolution

As a biological capacity, the human mind must have evolved. Can evolution explain its design? The human mind has nany components, from perception and emotion to language and thinking. Are they all products of natural selection of other evolutionary forces, or of no such forces at all? Can evoulution explain the uniqueness of the human mind? What could be the factors that explain this uniqueness: tool making, language, scocial life? In attempting to answer these questions, the course brings an evolutionary perspective to some important topics in philosophy of mind and cognitive science and offers a multidisciplinary introduction to the emerging but rapidly developing field of evolutionary cognitive science. Credit units: 3 ECTS Credit units: 5, Prerequisite: PSYC 200 and PSYC 230 and PSYC 240.

Autumn Semester (Kaan Kerman)

Spring Semester (Robert Ian Bowers)

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