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Cognitive Psychology - Audio

By The Open University

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The consciousness of the human mind has long been a topic of fascination and curiosity amongst writers, artists and psychologists, from Carl Jung and Salvador Dali to Virginia Wolfe and Gertrude Stein. This album explores our understanding of consciousness, and features a discussion on some of psychology's most complex questions: what does it mean to be a conscious human, and what purposes our consciousness serves. This material forms part of The Open University course DD303 Cognitive psychology.

Customer Reviews

OK as far as it goes but deeply dated

This course has clearly been produced in 2004 and not updated since then, other than the snazzy robot on the front cover of the iTunes U version. None of the material in the course understands the important difference between computers, which are not in themselves conscious, and robots, which are becoming more so year on year.
A Google car, taking real-time assessment of the world that it sees outside the cab, interprets all the incoming data to be able to 'know' whether it is looking at a car or a truck, a cactus or a tree, a child or a fire hydrant. It then acts accordingly, crucially on the basis of imperfect information which it reassesses in real time when the truck driver opposite gets into the cab and starts up. This course is not conscious of Goole cars.