Upon the successful completion of the course students will be in a position to:
1) reflect on issues of science, education, culture and cognition from the neurobiological and biophilosophical viewpoint
2) document the relation of the biological and the natural sciences to theoretical studies and the humanities
3) comprehend the integrative action of the nervous system in the context of life
4) approach issues of the ontophylogeny of intelligence in physicochemical and biological terms
Course Content (Syllabus)
The aims of this course are firstly, to highlight certain timeless ideas; and secondly, to delve into the path of scientific thought through the education and life experiences of scientists better or less well known το the general public. Course material primarily derives from the natural sciences, biomedicine, psychology, and neuroscience. A common denominator is the concern for human affairs and the promotion of scientific reason in conjunction with a humanitarian culture. With laboratory research as a point of departure, we cover some of the age-long philosophical and social questions, from the meaning of life and the evolutionary roots of human behavior to university reform and the problem of peace in the world. The subject matter is organized into five general modules: science, education, humanism, culture, and cognition.
Biophilosophy, humanism, culture, life sciences