Anthropology 1026F/G Lecture Notes - Tabula Rasa, Behavior Modification, Monism

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Humans and gods were quite separate from other living things. Humans and gods reasoned about the world. Naturalist: placed humans at the top of a scale of intelligence. If i"m thinking about my existence, therefore i exist. Some human behavior is instinctive (just like animals) Descarte"s solution: a distinction between the mind and the body. Pineal gland: the intersection of mind and body. (only have one) After descartes, the study of the mind became a topic for philosophy. And the study of the body became the topic for physiology. Psychology evolved from both philosophy and physiology. The science of behavior and the mind. Behavoir observable actions of a person or animal. The mind and the body are one. Mental events are physical events in the brain. Events in the brain: love, happiness, learning, ect. Like so many things, the truth lies somewhere in between these two positions. Experience writes on the empty slate of the mind. (important)

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