bidd0011: February 2012 Archives

Thinking About Thinking

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brain.jpgI found week three's topic of lecture to be extremely captivating. Since last school year, I've been interested in the human brain. My amazing anatomy teacher probably contributed to this fascination. I am in CBS right now, and I actually thought I wanted to be a neurologist--key word, thought. After re-evaluating what I actually want to do for a living, I decided to switch out of that program and into marketing, but let's save the rest of that story for a rainy day.

I've always been fascinated with the idea that, in a class like this, we are using our brains to learn about our brains..kinda cool when you think about it. On the same page, it's even more interesting to ponder this question: how do we just decide to do what we do? Where do our thoughts and ideas originate and how are they created? This idea simply baffles me, and apparently it is baffling scientists. Will we ever know the answer to these questions? I'm not sure, but it would truly be remarkable if we actually could find the answer. Knowing how the brain processes and interprets information is definitely a good place to start. More and more persistent and diligent research will guide us in the right direction (unless, of course, this is a matter that science cannot answer).

What Stuck?

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This chapter mainly focuses on what science is and what it isn't, and for the first two weeks of school I was in the Foundations of Biology course, which also discussed this very same topic. So, this whole chapter was basically a review for me. However, of course, there were small things in the chapter that were not covered in the beginning of that Biology class, correlation vs causation being the one that stuck out the most.

I think it grasped my attention the most because one, it was something I've never read in a textbook before, and it corresponds to real-life situations. Whenever something happens, people want to understand why, because that is our nature as human beings. More specifically, when something goes wrong, the blame is usually placed on whoever looks as though they were the cause. This is usually done without careful consideration as to who else could have been the culprit. Correlation doesn't equal causation, something that a lot of people don't usually think about when going through their every day lives. Assumptions are made, which come from one's life experiences. These assumptions don't take into account the possibility of the third variable. A specific real life application of this is in the court of law, as lawyers have to constantly prove this statement (correlation does not equal causation) true.

Maybe it stuck out because I liked reading court cases during my Law & Society class in my senior year of high school. Whatever the case, this stuck out the most to me.

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