Neurobiology and Behavior 2001

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". You too, I hope. Let's have some fun, and see what we can make out of it together. For everyone.
The Brain - is wider than the Sky -
For - put them side by side -
The one the other will contain
With ease - and You - beside-

Tell all the Truth but tell it slant-
Success in Circuit lies
...
The Truth must dazzle gradually
Or ever man be blind -


Some course starting points:

From literature - Emily Dickinson (1830-1886):
The Brain - is wider than the Sky -
For - put them side by side -
The one the other will contain
With ease - and You - beside-

The Brain is deeper than the sea -
For - hold them - Blue to Bue -
The one the other will absorb -
As sponges - Buckets - do

The Brain is just the weight of God -
For - Heft them - Pound for Pound -
And they will differ - if they do -
As syllable from Sound -

Tell all the Truth but tell it slant-
Success in Circuit lies
Too bright for our infirm Delight
The Truth's superb surprise
As Lightening to the Children eased
With explanation kind
The Truth must dazzle gradually
Or ever man be blind -

And from history:

Mind and Body: Rene Descartes to William James

Course announcements

Browse around. Get a sense of what's here, and how it does (or doesn't) relate to things you might be interested in. Think about what you think you know about brain and behavior, and why, and what puzzles you, and why. And expect to be wrong, over and over again. That's the best starting place ... for any kind of scientific inquiry.

Please fill out "getting it less wrong" form at beginning of class today

Please make one last visit to course forum area this weekend:

Revisit your thoughts about brain=behavior at beginning of course. What has changed/not changed in your thinking, and why?

Final web paper (hard copy in box outside Room 106, e-version) due at end of exam period:

Seniors - Saturday, 12 May, 5 pm
All others - Friday, 18 May, 5 pm

Religion and the Brain - Time magazine, 7 May 2001 (thanks to Elizabeth Gilbert)

Mental Health Conversations
Thursday, 3 May, 6 pm, Thomas 102
Pizza provided, contact Daniel Burdick or Elizabeth Gilbert

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