Welcome to the home page of Biology 202 at Bryn Mawr College. Pleased to have you here. I'm looking forward to an interesting,enjoyable, productive semester of "getting it progressively less wrong", and hope you are too. Let's have some fun, and see what we can all make out of it together.
Students (and visitors) should be aware that this is a "non-traditional" science course in several respects (see Science as Story Telling in Action for further background)
The Brain - is wider than the Sky -
The Brain is deeper than the sea -
The Brain is just the weight of God -
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
|The course is organized in relation to the following general presumptions (see syllabus for specifics):
2007 web papers
Mental Health Resources, from Serendip and the Center for Science in Society
Browse around. Get a sense of what's here, and how it does (or doesn't) relate to
things you might be interested in. Look for things that surprise you, cause you to think differently (rather than things that are what you expect, support the ways you already think). Think about what you think you know about brain
and behavior, and why, and what puzzles you, and why (what IS "thinking"? and what's it good for?). And expect to be wrong, over
and over again. That's the best starting place ... for any kind of scientific
inquiry. And the best way starting place for the productive sharing of ideas with others as well.
Some recent and ongoing conversations you might find interesting and, perhaps, want to participate in ...
A directory of first web papers is now available.
An invitation to join the SciSoc working group on mental health ... Next meeting is this Sunday.
Interesting article on time sense in animals in NYTimes Science Times today.
Final web paper and book commentary due on line and in hard copy (in box outside Room 106) 5 pm Friday May 11 (seniors), noon Friday May 18 (others)