[COGS 260] Cyborg Brains and Hybrid Minds
This course explores the ways that our bodies and brains absorb external technologies. We look at the mundane ways that our bodies and brains change with bodily technologies- eyeglasses, artificial limbs, pharmaceuticals- as well as more drastic alterations: advances that allow paraplegic individuals to control cursors with eye movements; and performance artist Stelarc, who has attached and used a prosthetic third arm alongside his two “natural” arms. Students discover and discuss ways in which the pop culture concept of the “cyborg” has emerged as a genuine cognitive theory. The theory of the”Extended Mind” in cognitive science is used as students explore the interaction between body, mind, and environment as one continuous process rather than three distinct objects. The political, ethical, philosophical, artistic, and scientific implications of this claim are viewed critically and in depth.
Cyborg Brains and Hybrid Minds
Prerequisite: Philosophy 110 or Psychology 100 or Cognitive Science 101 or consent of instructor.
Offered odd years, fall semester.