HONORS 250 - Honors Social Sciences Seminar
Section: 003 Alternative Realities: Science and the Study of Human Perception
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Honors Program (HONORS)
Department: LSA Honors
Requirements & Distribution:
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Open to all Honors students.
May be elected twice for credit.
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This course will investigate a number of broad, highly subjective, inherently interesting questions about the nature of human perceptual experience. The broadest of these will be the question of cultural relativism: Do people from widely different cultures experience reality in fundamentally different ways? The alternative realities to be explored will be those attributable to cultures, subcultures, cults, historical eras, substances (i.e., drugs), and mental illness. Most importantly, the scientific enterprise itself, as one mode among others, of establishing an order of reality will also be presented in this context. Grades will be determined entirely by writing papers: one two-page weekly “commentary” paper discussing ideas and issues that are currently under discussion in class, and one longer paper due at the end of the term, in which the student develops a concept about the nature of human perception and how it generically relates to some concept of “reality”. The Thursday meeting is scheduled to meet 10am-1pm, but most weeks it will only meet from 10am-12noon. The extended hour is for the purpose of watching an occasional movie during class time.

HONORS 250 - Honors Social Sciences Seminar
Schedule Listing
002 (SEM)
7LSA Hnrs
Th 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: Evolution of Cognition and Social Science Ways of Knowing
003 (SEM)
2LSA Hnrs
Tu 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Th 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Note: Science and the Study of Human Perception
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ISBN: 0440204887
Illusions : the adventures of a reluctant Messiah, Author: by Richard Bach., Publisher: Dell New Dell e 1989
ISBN: 0486445194
The universe and Dr. Einstein, Author: Lincoln Barnett ; foreword by Albert Einstein., Publisher: Dover Publications 2005
ISBN: 9781400077809
Einstein's dreams, Author: Alan Lightman., Publisher: Vintage Contempories 1st Vintag 2004
ISBN: 0062503952
The dancing healers : a doctor's journey of healing with native Americans, Author: Carl A. Hammerschlag., Publisher: Harper & Row 1st Harper 1989
ISBN: 0375704078
Seeing voices : a journey into the world of the deaf, Author: Oliver Sacks., Publisher: Vintage Books 1st Vintag 2000
ISBN: 081956205X
Saving the appearances : a study in idolatry, Author: Owen Barfield., Publisher: Wesleyan University Press 2. ed. 1988
ISBN: 9780060959623
You just don't understand : women and men in conversation, Author: Deborah Tannen., Publisher: Quill 1st Quill 2001
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