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what do you need to know about me?. “The great illusion of leadership is to think that others can be led out of the desert by someone who has never been there.” ~ Henri Nouwen. “It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.” ~ Albert Einstein.

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What do you need to know about me
what do you need to know about me?


“The great illusion of leadership is to think that others can be led out of the desert by someone who has never been there.”~ Henri Nouwen


“It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.”

~ Albert Einstein

“The human brain is special. It starts working as soon as you wake up and it doesn’t stop until you get to school.”

~ Milton Berle

lyrics


From rate my professors
from Rate My Professors education.”

“Sam is the man…Best prof at Penn State hands down”

“Sam is awesome”

“The most amazing class”

“The man’s a beast”

“Easily the most interesting and exciting teacher I’ve ever had.”

“He was not a very interesting guy. His lectures had pizzazz because of the material he has to cover but he instantly kills the fun when he starts to talk again.”

“Don’t take the class…he lies…he doesn’t make sense.”


What do you need to know about soc 119
what do you education.”need to know about SOC 119?


Think for yourself
think for yourself education.”



Why do we include or exclude information to confirm or reject our opinions
WHY education.” do we include or exclude information to confirm or reject our opinions?

  • There is too much information out there

  • It’s difficult to verify the veracity of the information to which we have access

  • Facts are less entertaining than opinion


Fact vs beliefs
Fact vs. Beliefs? education.”

There are upwards to 30 million species on the planet and thus far we’ve named 1.4 million of them. How did they all fit on Noah’s ark?

If we all “naturally evolved,” from where did consciousness emerge? Just kind of happened…right?

If consciousness comes from God, what “created” God?


How do we include exclude information to confirm reject our opinions and ideologies
HOW education.” do we include/exclude information to confirm/reject our opinions and ideologies?

* read what we agree with

* hang with people who are like us

* live and vacation in places that do not stretch our beliefs


Confirmation bias
confirmation bias education.”


Neuro imaging results while the study was in process
Neuro-imaging Results While the Study Was in Process: education.”

While hearing contradictions

from their own candidate:

least activepart of their brains was the Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex

part of the brain

associated with reasoning


Neuro imaging results while the study was in process1
Neuro-imaging Results While the Study Was in Process: education.”

MOST ACTIVE PART OF THEIR BRAINS:

Orbital Frontal Cortex – emotions

Anterior Cingulate - conflict resolution

Posterior Cingulate - judgments about moral accountability

Ventral Striatum - reward and pleasure

where is the reasoning?


Skepticism
skepticism education.”

curiosity

turning off the voice of THAT person who has told you “how it is”

humility


Native american mascots
Native American education.”mascots?


Class logistics
class logistics education.”


You re dying
you’re dying education.”

Photo of tombstone


Announcements
Announcements education.”

  • Read the syllabus

  • Discussion groups do NOT meet during the first two weeks

    • Section 33

  • Read the syllabus

  • “Personal Survey” and “Journal One” are your first assignments (on Angel)

  • Switching sections



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