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DAVID CARREON, Neuroscientist, psychiatrist, philosophy lover




Major: Psychiatry

College/Employer: Stanford

Year of Graduation: G

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I'm on the clinical faculty at Stanford Psychiatry. I love thinking about the brain, the psyche, the mind, philosophy and all manner of things in between. I hope you'll join me in class!



Past Classes

  (Clicking a class title will bring you to the course's section of the corresponding course catalog)

B6901: Mind and Body: How Your Mind Makes It Real in Splash Fall 2018 (Dec. 01 - 02, 2018)
Can a sugar-pill cause morphine release? Can hypnosis cure blindness? Can looks kill (literally)? Can getting shot not hurt? We'll talk about old history and new science developing around "mind-body" medicine, how your mind and brain affect your body in really interesting ways. We'll meet people with paralysis who can regain their movement, and blind people can regain their sight by the power of words. We'll see how the brain can produce pain completely independently of any "physical" cause. We'll discuss theories of how the brain might be involved in diseases like fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome. If that's not enough, you'll learn about ritual executions that rely on the victim's expectation, and soldiers in WWII who get shot but don't seem to mind. In short, we'll explore the strange and perplexing frontier where Mind meets Body.


L6902: The Science of Stoked - How to Feel Mentally Awesome in Splash Fall 2018 (Dec. 01 - 02, 2018)
This class will go through the best ways to make yourself feel stoked AKA totally awesome. We'll talk about the latest science and experiments about how to live a happy, well-adjusted life. I'll share some stories of my patients and my life for how to feel the best ever.


H6432: The Birth of Science in Splash Spring 2018 (May. 05 - 06, 2018)
Where did science come from? Who were the heroes who invented it? Why wasn't it invented sooner? In this class, we'll talk about the exciting story of how we went from alchemy to chemistry, from astrology to astronomy. We'll talk about the epic debate about whether it was the earth or the sun in the center of the universe, discussing the discoveries and politics involved. You'll hear about popes and kings, monks and bishops, and even a few professors. If that's not enough, I'll tell you: *Why practically nobody thought the earth was flat *How Galileo accomplished the greatest troll of all time *Why it's really hard to prove that the earth revolves around the sun (without satellites)


S6436: Crash Course in Christian History in Splash Spring 2018 (May. 05 - 06, 2018)
In the first century, Jesus of Nazareth started a movement that would change the world. It's a story that takes place in the colosseum of Rome, to the emperor's palace; from barbarian forests to glittering cathedrals; from the front lines of the Crusades to the nonviolent sit-ins of Dr. King. Creeds, Crusades, Cathedrals, Witch Hunts, Universities, Wars of Religion, will all be covered and put in historical context. We will look at key figures, events, and ideas from a variety of perspectives to try to understand the arc of Christian history and it's impact on the world.


B6437: Choose: The Science of Consciousness and Freewill in Splash Spring 2018 (May. 05 - 06, 2018)
Are humans free? Are we awake? These common beliefs have recently been questioned by scientist and philosopher alike. Some claim our experience and actions are simply the result of physical law and necessity. But what is the latest science? We'll discuss recent findings from neuroscience, biology and quantum mechanics. We'll loop in cognitive scientists and philosophers to gain some insight about these most important issues.


L6438: Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? in Splash Spring 2018 (May. 05 - 06, 2018)
Bank bailouts. Stealing to feed your hungry kid. Lying to save Jews in your basement. Waterboarding. What’s right and what’s wrong? And how do we know? This will be a crash course in Ethics, the rigorous discipline of determining what’s right. This lost science will be critical for anyone who will have to make decisions in their life. I’m modeling this course after the enormously popular class and book taught by Michael Sandel at Harvard (Google my course title).


L6442: The Pursuit of Happiness in Splash Spring 2018 (May. 05 - 06, 2018)
What is happiness? How do we get it? We'll discuss ideas from history and science about how best to live lives that we want. We will examine various ideas and see what helps people report that they are happy and satisfied with their lives.


B6117: Choose: The Science of Consciousness and Freewill in Splash Fall 2017 (Nov. 11 - 12, 2017)
Are humans free? Are we awake? These common beliefs have recently been questioned by scientist and philosopher alike. Some claim our experience and actions are simply the result of physical law and necessity. But what is the latest science? We'll discuss recent findings from neuroscience, biology and quantum mechanics. We'll loop in cognitive scientists and philosophers to gain some insight about these most important issues.


B6118: Psychiatry and Philosophy: Understanding Reality With Help From Patients in Splash Fall 2017 (Nov. 11 - 12, 2017)
What does it mean to be human? How can we know what is true? How can we make rational decisions? How can we make good choices? These three questions will be explored drawing on my experience as a psychiatrist treating patients with schizophrenia, depression and addiction. We will learn from patients, and understand ourselves better by learning from their experience. We will also save a lot of time for class discussion. Bring your questions, and we'll have a good discussion about these most important questions. Warning: We will be discussing cases of depression, schizophrenia and addiction. This class may produce strong emotions if you or someone you know have struggled with these conditions.


S6119: Crash Course in Christian History in Splash Fall 2017 (Nov. 11 - 12, 2017)
In the first century, Jesus of Nazareth started a movement that would change the world. It's a story that takes place in the colosseum of Rome, to the emperor's palace; from barbarian forests to glittering cathedrals; from the front lines of the Crusades to the nonviolent sit-ins of Dr. King. Creeds, Crusades, Cathedrals, Witch Hunts, Universities, Wars of Religion, will all be covered and put in historical context. We will look at key figures, events, and ideas from a variety of perspectives to try to understand the arc of Christian history and it's impact on the world.


B6120: Mind and Body: How Your Mind Makes It Real in Splash Fall 2017 (Nov. 11 - 12, 2017)
Can a sugar-pill cause morphine release? Can hypnosis cure blindness? Can looks kill (literally)? Can getting shot not hurt? We'll talk about old history and new science developing around "mind-body" medicine, how your mind and brain affect your body in really interesting ways. We'll meet people with paralysis who can regain their movement, and blind people can regain their sight by the power of words. We'll see how the brain can produce pain completely independently of any "physical" cause. We'll discuss theories of how the brain might be involved in diseases like fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome. If that's not enough, you'll learn about ritual executions that rely on the victim's expectation, and soldiers in WWII who get shot but don't seem to mind. In short, we'll explore the strange and perplexing frontier where Mind meets Body.


B6122: Sanity, Insanity, and Religion in Splash Fall 2017 (Nov. 11 - 12, 2017)
Freud said that God was our projecting our desires for a perfect father into heaven. Marx said religion was the opiate of the masses. But are these things true? What does it mean to be sane? Does sanity require us to hold strictly to things that we can measure and control? In a world filled with religion, how does religion affect the mind? In short, we will examine NOT the claims of religious faith (e.g. "Does God exist?"), but the EFFECTS of belief and practice of religion. We will look at historical perspectives and contemporary research on the relationship between religion and health, mental and physical. Drawing from sociology, history, psychiatry and neuroscience, we will see how common practices and beliefs relate to human well-being. Some questions we will explore: Are some people just prone to it? What does religion do to a brain? Is there a relationship between good-neighborliness and religious practice? What is the relationship between mental illness and faith?


C6123: Real Science: What It Is and How to Spot BS in Splash Fall 2017 (Nov. 11 - 12, 2017)
Lots of people talk about what “Scientists say” and what is “experimentally proven”. We all want to be rational and make good decisions. But what is science, really? And how do you know when someone is just trying to BS you by throwing around the word “science”? We’ll talk about that, and, like real scientists, do some real experiments.


H6124: The Birth of Science in Splash Fall 2017 (Nov. 11 - 12, 2017)
Where did science come from? Who were the heroes who invented it? Why wasn't it invented sooner? In this class, we'll talk about the exciting story of how we went from alchemy to chemistry, from astrology to astronomy. We'll talk about the epic debate about whether it was the earth or the sun in the center of the universe, discussing the discoveries and politics involved. You'll hear about popes and kings, monks and bishops, and even a few professors. If that's not enough, I'll tell you: *Why practically nobody thought the earth was flat *How Galileo accomplished the greatest troll of all time *Why it's really hard to prove that the earth revolves around the sun (without satellites)


B5823: Mind and Body: How Your Mind Makes It Real in Splash Spring 2017 (Apr. 22 - 23, 2017)
Can a sugar-pill cause morphine release? Can hypnosis cure blindness? Can looks kill (literally)? Can getting shot not hurt? We'll talk about old history and new science developing around "mind-body" medicine, how your mind and brain affect your body in really interesting ways. We'll meet people with paralysis who can regain their movement, and blind people can regain their sight by the power of words. We'll see how the brain can produce pain completely independently of any "physical" cause. We'll discuss theories of how the brain might be involved in diseases like fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome. If that's not enough, you'll learn about ritual executions that rely on the victim's expectation, and soldiers in WWII who get shot but don't seem to mind. In short, we'll explore the strange and perplexing frontier where Mind meets Body.


B5824: Psychiatry and Philosophy: Understanding Reality With Help From Patients in Splash Spring 2017 (Apr. 22 - 23, 2017)
What does it mean to be human? How can we know what is true? How can we make rational decisions? How can we make good choices? These three questions will be explored drawing on my experience as a psychiatrist treating patients with schizophrenia, depression and addiction. We will learn from patients, and understand ourselves better by learning from their experience. We will also save a lot of time for class discussion. Bring your questions, and we'll have a good discussion about these most important questions. Warning: We will be discussing cases of depression, schizophrenia and addiction. This class may produce strong emotions if you or someone you know have struggled with these conditions.


S5825: Crash Course in Christian History in Splash Spring 2017 (Apr. 22 - 23, 2017)
In the first century, Jesus of Nazareth started a movement that would change the world. It's a story that takes place in the colosseum of Rome, to the emperor's palace; from barbarian forests to glittering cathedrals; from the front lines of the Crusades to the nonviolent sit-ins of Dr. King. Creeds, Crusades, Cathedrals, Witch Hunts, Universities, Wars of Religion, will all be covered and put in historical context. We will look at key figures, events, and ideas from a variety of perspectives to try to understand the arc of Christian history and it's impact on the world.


H5826: The Birth of Science in Splash Spring 2017 (Apr. 22 - 23, 2017)
Where did science come from? Who were the heroes who invented it? Why wasn't it invented sooner? In this class, we'll talk about the exciting story of how we went from alchemy to chemistry, from astrology to astronomy. We'll talk about the epic debate about whether it was the earth or the sun in the center of the universe, discussing the discoveries and politics involved. You'll hear about popes and kings, monks and bishops, and even a few professors. If that's not enough, I'll tell you: *Why practically nobody thought the earth was flat *How Galileo accomplished the greatest troll of all time *Why it's really hard to prove that the earth revolves around the sun (without satellites)


C5827: Real Science: What It Is and How to Spot BS in Splash Spring 2017 (Apr. 22 - 23, 2017)
Lots of people talk about what “Scientists say” and what is “experimentally proven”. We all want to be rational and make good decisions. But what is science, really? And how do you know when someone is just trying to BS you by throwing around the word “science”? We’ll talk about that, and, like real scientists, do some real experiments.


L5828: Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? in Splash Spring 2017 (Apr. 22 - 23, 2017)
Bank bailouts. Stealing to feed your hungry kid. Lying to save Jews in your basement. Waterboarding. What’s right and what’s wrong? And how do we know? This will be a crash course in Ethics, the rigorous discipline of determining what’s right. This lost science will be critical for anyone who will have to make decisions in their life. I’m modeling this course after the enormously popular class and book taught by Michael Sandel at Harvard (Google my course title).


B5832: Choose: The Science of Consciousness and Freewill in Splash Spring 2017 (Apr. 22 - 23, 2017)
Are humans free? Are we awake? These common beliefs have recently been questioned by scientist and philosopher alike. Some claim our experience and actions are simply the result of physical law and necessity. But what is the latest science? We'll discuss recent findings from neuroscience, biology and quantum mechanics. We'll loop in cognitive scientists and philosophers to gain some insight about these most important issues.


H5833: Joy: Why the World is Full of the Good, the True, and the Beautiful in Splash Spring 2017 (Apr. 22 - 23, 2017)
Some have claimed that in the universe, "there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but pitiless indifference." Is that the deepest truth about reality? Or is there something really real about the beauty of a sunset? Is there such a thing as Truth? Are there Heroes and Villains, or do people simply do what is best in their own eyes and nothing more. We will explore the big ideas of the Good, the True, and the Beautiful. We'll hear from the ancient Greeks and the Moderns. We'll look at cognitive science as well as neuroimaging to try to find the answers. I will present the case that, despite all the popular pessimism, the proper response to the Universe is Joy.


H5328: Crash Course in Christian History in Splash Fall 2016 (Dec. 03 - 04, 2016)
In the first century, Jesus of Nazareth started a movement that would change the world. It's a story that takes place in the colosseum of Rome, to the emperor's palace; from barbarian forests to glittering cathedrals; from the front lines of the Crusades to the nonviolent sit-ins of Dr. King. Creeds, Crusades, Cathedrals, Witch Hunts, Universities, Wars of Religion, will all be covered and put in historical context. We will look at key figures, events, and ideas from a variety of perspectives to try to understand the arc of Christian history and it's impact on the world.


H5331: The Birth of Science in Splash Fall 2016 (Dec. 03 - 04, 2016)
Where did science come from? Who were the heroes who invented it? Why wasn't it invented sooner? In this class, we'll talk about the exciting story of how we went from alchemy to chemistry, from astrology to astronomy. We'll talk about the epic debate about whether it was the earth or the sun in the center of the universe, discussing the discoveries and politics involved. You'll hear about popes and kings, monks and bishops, and even a few professors. If that's not enough, I'll tell you: *Why practically nobody thought the earth was flat *How Galileo accomplished the greatest troll of all time *Why it's really hard to prove that the earth revolves around the sun (without satellites)


B5332: Mind and Body: How Your Mind Makes It Real in Splash Fall 2016 (Dec. 03 - 04, 2016)
Can a sugar-pill cause morphine release? Can hypnosis cure blindness? Can looks kill (literally)? Can getting shot not hurt? We'll talk about old history and new science developing around "mind-body" medicine, how your mind and brain affect your body in really interesting ways. We'll meet people with paralysis who can regain their movement, and blind people can regain their sight by the power of words. We'll see how the brain can produce pain completely independently of any "physical" cause. We'll discuss theories of how the brain might be involved in diseases like fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome. If that's not enough, you'll learn about ritual executions that rely on the victim's expectation, and soldiers in WWII who get shot but don't seem to mind. In short, we'll explore the strange and perplexing frontier where Mind meets Body.


B5333: Practical Neuroscience in Splash Fall 2016 (Dec. 03 - 04, 2016)
What is the brain? How does it work? How can I make it stronger? You’ll learn about awesome experiments that show that the brain can be rewired, remolded and strengthened. You’ll meet someone operating with half a brain (literally), people who built physical strength just by thinking about it, and people who rewired their brains with the power of thought. We’ll cover what you need to know about the brain. If you’ve got a brain, you should take this course! :)


B5337: Addiction and Neuroscience in Splash Fall 2016 (Dec. 03 - 04, 2016)
Why do we do what we don't want to? Or not do what we want to? This class will explore the strange, universal human experience of being out of control of our actions. We'll look at big ways this happens with alcohol or drugs, but we'll also look at "behavioral addictions" like Facebook, nail-biting, pornography, gambling and cutting. We'll look at the basic science, as well as some of the ways people treat addictions, big and small.


L5338: Justice - What’s the Right Thing to Do? in Splash Fall 2016 (Dec. 03 - 04, 2016)
Bank bailouts. Stealing to feed your hungry kid. Lying to save Jews in your basement. Waterboarding. What’s right and what’s wrong? And how do we know? This will be a crash course in Ethics, the rigorous discipline of determining what’s right. This lost science will be critical for anyone who will have to make decisions in their life. I’m modeling this course after the enormously popular class and book taught by Michael Sandel at Harvard (Google my course title).


B5340: Shocked! - The Science of Neurostimulation in Splash Fall 2016 (Dec. 03 - 04, 2016)
We'll talk about shocking brains! We'll go from the olden days of neurostimulation of patients during neurosurgery to the latest research. We'll talk about all the ways we can directly act on the best organ ever (but hey, I"m biased). Included in the class will be: -A video of me being shocked in the head -Seeing the speech area disrupted -Treatment of mental illness (!!!) with neurostimulation. -A discussion of the God Helmet -The "Pleasure" Zone.


B5341: Psychiatry and Philosophy - Understanding Reality With Help From Patients in Splash Fall 2016 (Dec. 03 - 04, 2016)
What does it mean to be human? How can we know what is true? How can we make rational decisions? How can we make good choices? These three questions will be explored drawing on my experience as a psychiatrist treating patients with schizophrenia, depression and addiction. We will learn from patients, and understand ourselves better by learning from their experience. We will also save a lot of time for class discussion. Bring your questions, and we'll have a good discussion about these most important questions. Warning: We will be discussing cases of depression, schizophrenia and addiction. This class may produce strong emotions if you or someone you know have struggled with these conditions.


B4917: Practical Neuroscience in Splash Spring 2016 (Apr. 09 - 10, 2016)
What is the brain? How does it work? How can I make it stronger? You’ll learn about awesome experiments that show that the brain can be rewired, remolded and strengthened. You’ll meet someone operating with half a brain (literally), people who built physical strength just by thinking about it, and people who rewired their brains and cured mental illnesses with the power of thought. We’ll cover what you need to know about the brain. If you’ve got a brain, you should take this course! *** A Note From the Splash Presidents: In discussion with our advisors and in agreement with Dr. Carreon, we have decided to cancel the class on suicide. All students previously enrolled in "Suicide: Why people die by it, and what we can do" have been re-enrolled in this class. For more information, you can contact us at stanfordesp@gmail.com. [Need help? Call 1 (800) 273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 24/7. For that and other concerns, text "START" to 741741 for the Crisis Text Line. For more resources, visit http://www.crisistextline.org/get-help-now/]


B4919: Mind and Body: How Your Mind Makes It Real in Splash Spring 2016 (Apr. 09 - 10, 2016)
Can a sugar-pill cause morphine release? Can hypnosis cure blindness? Can looks kill (literally)? Can getting shot not hurt? We'll talk about old history and new science developing around "mind-body" medicine, how your mind and brain affect your body in really interesting ways. We'll meet people with paralysis who can regain their movement, and blind people can regain their sight by the power of words. We'll see how the brain can produce pain completely independently of any "physical" cause. We'll discuss theories of how the brain might be involved in diseases like fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome. If that's not enough, you'll learn about ritual executions that rely on the victim's expectation, and soldiers in WWII who get shot but don't seem to mind. In short, we'll explore the strange and perplexing frontier where Mind meets Body. [For those who took this already, I am adding a number of slides on the science of placebo, too!]


L4920: Justice - What’s the Right Thing to Do? in Splash Spring 2016 (Apr. 09 - 10, 2016)
Bank bailouts. Stealing to feed your hungry kid. Lying to save Jews in your basement. Waterboarding. What’s right and what’s wrong? And how do we know? This will be a crash course in Ethics, the rigorous discipline of determining what’s right. This lost science will be critical for anyone who will have to make decisions in their life. I’m modeling this course after the enormously popular class and book taught by Michael Sandel at Harvard (Google my course title).


B4921: Practical Neuroscience in Splash Spring 2016 (Apr. 09 - 10, 2016)
What is the brain? How does it work? How can I make it stronger? You’ll learn about awesome experiments that show that the brain can be rewired, remolded and strengthened. You’ll meet someone operating with half a brain (literally), people who built physical strength just by thinking about it, and people who rewired their brains and cured mental illnesses with the power of thought. We’ll cover what you need to know about the brain. If you’ve got a brain, you should take this course! :)


S4922: The Birth of Science in Splash Spring 2016 (Apr. 09 - 10, 2016)
Where did science come from? Who were the heroes who invented it? Why wasn't it invented sooner? In this class, we'll talk about the exciting story of how we went from alchemy to chemistry, from astrology to astronomy. We'll talk about the epic debate about whether it was the earth or the sun in the center of the universe, discussing the discoveries and politics involved. You'll hear about popes and kings, monks and bishops, and even a few professors. If that's not enough, I'll tell you: *Why practically nobody thought the earth was flat *How Galileo accomplished the greatest troll of all time *Why it's really hard to prove that the earth revolves around the sun (without satellites)


P4925: Real Science: What It Is and How to Spot BS in Splash Spring 2016 (Apr. 09 - 10, 2016)
Lots of people talk about what “Scientists say” and what is “experimentally proven”. We all want to be rational and make good decisions. But what is science, really? And how do you know when someone is just trying to BS you by throwing around the word “science”? We’ll talk about that, and, like real scientists, do some real experiments.


S4929: Crash Course in Christian History in Splash Spring 2016 (Apr. 09 - 10, 2016)
In the first century, Jesus of Nazareth started a movement that would change the world. It's a story that takes place in the colosseum of Rome, to the emperor's palace; from barbarian forests to glittering cathedrals; from the front lines of the Crusades to the nonviolent sit-ins of Dr. King. Creeds, Crusades, Cathedrals, Witch Hunts, Universities, Wars of Religion, will all be covered and put in historical context. We will look at key figures, events, and ideas from a variety of perspectives to try to understand the arc of Christian history and it's impact on the world.


B4957: Addiction and Neuroscience in Splash Spring 2016 (Apr. 09 - 10, 2016)
Why do we do what we don't want to? Or not do what we want to? This class will explore the strange, universal human experience of being out of control of our actions. We'll look at big ways this happens with alcohol or drugs, but we'll also look at "behavioral addictions" like Facebook, nail-biting, pornography, gambling and cutting. We'll look at the basic science, as well as some of the ways people treat addictions, big and small.


B4682: The Science of Willpower in Splash Fall 2015 (Nov. 07 - 08, 2015)
The Science of Willpower From ancient sages to modern science, we'll talk about this most central of human virtues. Why don't we do what we want? Why do we procrastinate? Check FB? Eat more than we wanted? We'll talk about the neuroscience of it, the biochemistry of it, and the practice of it. We've been at this a long time, so you'll hear from the Greeks, Eastern sages, from modern scientists, and willpower Olympians. -Why your willpower is powered by sugar -The top exercises proven to increase your willpower -The crazy scientist who showed that willpower was like a muscle -People whose willpower puts us all to shame Whatever it is you want to accomplish, willpower will help you do it. And this class will help you build willpower.


B4683: Neuroscience and Religion in Splash Fall 2015 (Nov. 07 - 08, 2015)
What is meditation? Why do people believe in God? What’s it like to have an ecstatic experience? This course will talk about the latest science of religion, pulling in anthropological, psychological, and neurological perspectives. We’ll talk about why belief in something like God has been so darned persistent throughout human evolution. We’ll discuss what it’s like for a “believer,” and also take a look at religious brains in action. We’ll discuss both Western and Eastern experiences including prayer, ecstatic experience, meditation and ritual. We’ll also talk about practical take-home lessons we can learn from these extreme brain states. You’ll learn: -Why babies are religious. -What it's like to die. -What the “God spot” is in the brain and whether or not magnetic stimulation can cause religious experience. -The difference between mindfulness, meditation and prayer and why it’s important. -And more! [Warning: Close-minded people should not take this class. It will involve objectively evaluating the claims of various religious people]


B4684: The Neuroscience of Happiness: The Art and Science of a Great Life in Splash Fall 2015 (Nov. 07 - 08, 2015)
What makes humans happy? Don't we all do whatever we think makes us happy? Yes, and we're often wrong. So then how do we get this most important of questions right? We will explore the big ideas on how to be awesome at life, from ancient Greece to the latest neuroscience. Hear about the best things thought and said about how to flourish as a person and live the Happy life.


B4685: Addiction and Neuroscience in Splash Fall 2015 (Nov. 07 - 08, 2015)
Why do we do what we don't want to? Or not do what we want to? This class will explore the strange, universal human experience of being out of control of our actions. We'll look at big ways this happens with alcohol or drugs, but we'll also look at "behavioral addictions" like Facebook, nail-biting, pornography, gambling and cutting. We'll look at the basic science, as well as some of the ways people treat addictions, big and small.


S4686: The Birth of Science in Splash Fall 2015 (Nov. 07 - 08, 2015)
Where did science come from? Who were the heroes who invented it? Why wasn't it invented sooner? In this class, we'll talk about the exciting story of how we went from alchemy to chemistry, from astrology to astronomy. We'll talk about the epic debate about whether it was the earth or the sun in the center of the universe, discussing the discoveries and politics involved. You'll hear about popes and kings, monks and bishops, and even a few professors. If that's not enough, I'll tell you: *Why practically nobody thought the earth was flat *How Galileo accomplished the greatest troll of all time *Why it's really hard to prove that the earth revolves around the sun (without satellites)


B4687: Practical Neuroscience in Splash Fall 2015 (Nov. 07 - 08, 2015)
What is the brain? How does it work? How can I make it stronger? You’ll learn about awesome experiments that show that the brain can be rewired, remolded and strengthened. You’ll meet someone operating with half a brain (literally), people who built physical strength just by thinking about it, and people who rewired their brains and cured mental illnesses with the power of thought. We’ll cover what you need to know about the brain. If you’ve got a brain, you should take this course! :)


L4688: Justice - What’s the Right Thing to Do? in Splash Fall 2015 (Nov. 07 - 08, 2015)
Bank bailouts. Stealing to feed your hungry kid. Lying to save Jews in your basement. Waterboarding. What’s right and what’s wrong? And how do we know? This will be a crash course in Ethics, the rigorous discipline of determining what’s right. This lost science will be critical for anyone who will have to make decisions in their life. I’m modeling this course after the enormously popular class and book taught by Michael Sandel at Harvard (Google my course title).


B4689: Mind and Body: How Your Mind Makes It Real in Splash Fall 2015 (Nov. 07 - 08, 2015)
Can a sugar-pill cause morphine release? Can hypnosis cure blindness? Can looks kill (literally)? Can getting shot not hurt? We'll talk about old history and new science developing around "mind-body" medicine, how your mind and brain affect your body in really interesting ways. We'll meet people with paralysis who can regain their movement, and blind people can regain their sight by the power of words. We'll see how the brain can produce pain completely independently of any "physical" cause. We'll discuss theories of how the brain might be involved in diseases like fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome. If that's not enough, you'll learn about ritual executions that rely on the victim's expectation, and soldiers in WWII who get shot but don't seem to mind. In short, we'll explore the strange and perplexing frontier where Mind meets Body. [For those who took this already, I am adding a number of slides on the science of placebo, too!]


B4691: Suicide – Why people die by it, and what we can do in Splash Fall 2015 (Nov. 07 - 08, 2015)
From Robin Williams to David Foster Wallace, from people far away to people we may know in the Bay Area, suicide is a reality of human life. This course will be a sober look at the condition that causes the deaths of more people than war, natural disaster and murder combined. We will discuss theories about why these feelings arise and are acted upon. We'll end with discussing what we can do socially and personally to make things better. [Need help? Call 1 (800) 273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 24/7. For that and other concerns, text "START" to 741741 for the Crisis Text Line. For more resources, visit http://www.crisistextline.org/get-help-now/ ]


B4270: Neuroscience and Religion in Splash Spring 2015 (Apr. 11 - 12, 2015)
What is meditation? Why do people believe in God? What’s it like to have an ecstatic experience? This course will talk about the latest science of religion, pulling in anthropological, psychological, and neurological perspectives. We’ll talk about why belief in something like God has been so darned persistent throughout human evolution. We’ll discuss what it’s like for a “believer,” and also take a look at religious brains in action. We’ll discuss both Western and Eastern experiences including prayer, ecstatic experience, meditation and ritual. We’ll also talk about practical take-home lessons we can learn from these extreme brain states. You’ll learn: -Why babies are religious. -What it's like to die. -What the “God spot” is in the brain and whether or not magnetic stimulation can cause religious experience. -The difference between mindfulness, meditation and prayer and why it’s important. -And more! [Warning: Close-minded people should not take this class. It will involve objectively evaluating the claims of various religious people]


B4273: Addiction and Neuroscience in Splash Spring 2015 (Apr. 11 - 12, 2015)
Why do we do what we don't want to? Or not do what we want to? This class will explore the strange, universal human experience of being out of control of our actions. We'll look at big ways this happens with alcohol or drugs, but we'll also look at "behavioral addictions" like Facebook, nail-biting, pornography, gambling and cutting. We'll look at the basic science, as well as some of the ways people treat addictions, big and small.


P4274: Real Science: What It Is and How to Spot BS in Splash Spring 2015 (Apr. 11 - 12, 2015)
Lots of people talk about what “Scientists say” and what is “experimentally proven”. We all want to be rational and make good decisions. But what is science, really? And how do you know when someone is just trying to BS you by throwing around the word “science”? We’ll talk about that, and, like real scientists, do some real experiments.


S4275: The Birth of Science in Splash Spring 2015 (Apr. 11 - 12, 2015)
Where did science come from? Who were the heroes who invented it? Why wasn't it invented sooner? In this class, we'll talk about the exciting story of how we went from alchemy to chemistry, from astrology to astronomy. We'll talk about the epic debate about whether it was the earth or the sun in the center of the universe, discussing the discoveries and politics involved. You'll hear about popes and kings, monks and bishops, and even a few professors. If that's not enough, I'll tell you: *Why practically nobody thought the earth was flat *How Galileo accomplished the greatest troll of all time *Why it's really hard to prove that the earth revolves around the sun (without satellites)


B4276: Practical Neuroscience in Splash Spring 2015 (Apr. 11 - 12, 2015)
What is the brain? How does it work? How can I make it stronger? You’ll learn about awesome experiments that show that the brain can be rewired, remolded and strengthened. You’ll meet someone operating with half a brain (literally), people who built physical strength just by thinking about it, and people who rewired their brains and cured mental illnesses with the power of thought. We’ll cover what you need to know about the brain. If you’ve got a brain, you should take this course! :)


B4286: Mind and Body: How Your Mind Makes It Real (Extended!) in Splash Spring 2015 (Apr. 11 - 12, 2015)
Can a sugar-pill cause morphine release? Can hypnosis cure blindness? Can looks kill (literally)? Can getting shot not hurt? We'll talk about old history and new science developing around "mind-body" medicine, how your mind and brain affect your body in really interesting ways. We'll meet people with paralysis who can regain their movement, and blind people can regain their sight by the power of words. We'll see how the brain can produce pain completely independently of any "physical" cause. We'll discuss theories of how the brain might be involved in diseases like fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome. If that's not enough, you'll learn about ritual executions that rely on the victim's expectation, and soldiers in WWII who get shot but don't seem to mind. In short, we'll explore the strange and perplexing frontier where Mind meets Body. [For those who took this already, I am adding a number of slides on the science of placebo, too!]


B4287: The Science of Willpower in Splash Spring 2015 (Apr. 11 - 12, 2015)
The Science of Willpower From ancient sages to modern science, we'll talk about this most central of human virtues. Why don't we do what we want? Why do we procrastinate? Check FB? Eat more than we wanted? We'll talk about the neuroscience of it, the biochemistry of it, and the practice of it. We've been at this a long time, so you'll hear from the Greeks, Eastern sages, from modern scientists, and willpower Olympians. -Why your willpower is powered by sugar -The top exercises proven to increase your willpower -The crazy scientist who showed that willpower was like a muscle -People whose willpower puts us all to shame Whatever it is you want to accomplish, willpower will help you do it. And this class will help you build willpower.


L4288: Justice - What’s the Right Thing to Do? in Splash Spring 2015 (Apr. 11 - 12, 2015)
Bank bailouts. Stealing to feed your hungry kid. Lying to save Jews in your basement. Waterboarding. What’s right and what’s wrong? And how do we know? This will be a crash course in Ethics, the rigorous discipline of determining what’s right. This lost science will be critical for anyone who will have to make decisions in their life. I’m modeling this course after the enormously popular class and book taught by Michael Sandel at Harvard (Google my course title).


B4290: The Neuroscience of Happiness: The Art and Science of a Great Life in Splash Spring 2015 (Apr. 11 - 12, 2015)
What makes humans happy? Don't we all do whatever we think makes us happy? Yes, and we're often wrong. So then how do we get this most important of questions right? We will explore the big ideas on how to be awesome at life, from ancient Greece to the latest neuroscience. Hear about the best things thought and said about how to flourish as a person and live the Happy life.


B3818: Psychology and Neuroscience of Religion in Splash Fall 2014 (Nov. 08 - 09, 2014)
What is meditation? Why do people believe in God? What’s it like to have an ecstatic experience? This course will talk about the latest science of religion, pulling in anthropological, psychological, and neurological perspectives. We’ll talk about why belief in something like God has been so darned persistent throughout human evolution. We’ll discuss what it’s like for a “believer,” and also take a look at religious brains in action. We’ll discuss both Western and Eastern experiences including prayer, ecstatic experience, meditation and ritual. We’ll also talk about practical take-home lessons we can learn from these extreme brain states. You’ll learn: -Why babies are religious. -What it's like to die. -What the “God spot” is in the brain and whether or not magnetic stimulation can cause religious experience. -The difference between mindfulness, meditation and prayer and why it’s important. -And more!


P3819: Real Science: What It Is and How to Spot BS in Splash Fall 2014 (Nov. 08 - 09, 2014)
Lots of people talk about what “Scientists say” and what is “experimentally proven”. We all want to be rational and make good decisions. But what is science, really? And how do you know when someone is just trying to BS you by throwing around the word “science”? We’ll talk about that, and, like real scientists, do some real experiments.


P3820: The Birth of Science in Splash Fall 2014 (Nov. 08 - 09, 2014)
Where did science come from? Who were the heroes who invented it? Why wasn't it invented sooner? In this class, we'll talk about the exciting story of how we went from alchemy to chemistry, from astrology to astronomy. We'll talk about the epic debate about whether it was the earth or the sun in the center of the universe, discussing the discoveries and politics involved. You'll hear about popes and kings, monks and bishops, and even a few professors. If that's not enough, I'll tell you: *Why practically nobody thought the earth was flat *How Galileo accomplished the greatest troll of all time *Why it's really hard to prove that the earth revolves around the sun (without satellites)


B3821: Neuroscience of Pleasure, Pain and Purpose in Splash Fall 2014 (Nov. 08 - 09, 2014)
What motivates us? What systems in the brain drive us one way or another? Why did I just check Facebook again? In this talk, you’ll learn about sex (now I have your attention :P), addiction, pornography, drugs, altruism, self-control, and even the meaning of life. You’ll learn about how dopamine and oxytocin work and why they matter. You’ll also get some practical advice on ways to boost willpower, develop good habits and break bad ones.


B3822: Practical Neuroscience in Splash Fall 2014 (Nov. 08 - 09, 2014)
What is the brain? How does it work? How can I make it stronger? You’ll learn about awesome experiments that show that the brain can be rewired, remolded and strengthened. You’ll meet someone operating with half a brain (literally), people who built physical strength just by thinking about it, and people who rewired their brains and cured mental illnesses with the power of thought. We’ll cover what you need to know about the brain.


B3823: Mind and Body: How Your Mind Makes It Real in Splash Fall 2014 (Nov. 08 - 09, 2014)
Can a sugar-pill cause morphine release? Can hypnosis cure blindness? Can looks kill (literally)? Can getting shot not hurt? We'll talk about old history and new science developing around "mind-body" medicine, how your mind and brain affect your body in really interesting ways. We'll meet people with paralysis who can regain their movement, and blind people can regain their sight by the power of words. We'll see how the brain can produce pain completely independently of any "physical" cause. We'll discuss theories of how the brain might be involved in diseases like fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome. If that's not enough, you'll learn about ritual executions that rely on the victim's expectation, and soldiers in WWII who get shot but don't seem to mind. In short, we'll explore the strange and perplexing frontier where Mind meets Body.


B3824: The Science of Willpower in Splash Fall 2014 (Nov. 08 - 09, 2014)
From ancient sages to modern science, we'll talk about this most central of human virtues. Why don't we do what we want? Why do we procrastinate? Check FB? Eat more than we wanted? We'll talk about the neuroscience of it, the biochemistry of it, and the practice of it. We've been at this a long time, so you'll hear from the Greeks, Eastern sages, from modern scientists, and willpower Olympians. -Why your willpower is powered by sugar -The top exercises proven to increase your willpower -The crazy scientist who showed that willpower was like a muscle -People whose willpower puts us all to shame Whatever it is you want to accomplish, willpower will help you do it. And this class will help you build willpower.


L3825: Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? in Splash Fall 2014 (Nov. 08 - 09, 2014)
Bank bailouts. Stealing to feed your hungry kid. Lying to save Jews in your basement. Waterboarding. What’s right and what’s wrong? And how do we know? This will be a crash course in Ethics, the rigorous discipline of determining what’s right. This lost science will be critical for anyone who will have to make decisions in their life.


L3826: The Neuroscience of Happiness: The Art and Science of a Great Life in Splash Fall 2014 (Nov. 08 - 09, 2014)
What makes humans happy? Don't we all do whatever we think makes us happy? Yes, and we're often wrong. So then how do we get this most important of questions right? We will explore the big ideas on how to be awesome at life, from ancient Greece to the latest neuroscience. Hear about the best things thought and said about how to flourish as a person and live the Happy life.


B3451: Psychology and Neuroscience of Religion in Splash! Spring 2014 (Apr. 12 - 13, 2014)
What is meditation? Why do people believe in God? What’s it like to have an ecstatic experience? This course will talk about the latest science of religion, pulling in anthropological, psychological, and neurological perspectives. We’ll talk about why belief in something like God has been so darned persistent throughout human evolution. We’ll discuss what it’s like for a “believer,” and also take a look at religious brains in action. We’ll discuss both Western and Eastern experiences including prayer, ecstatic experience, meditation and ritual. We’ll also talk about practical take-home lessons we can learn from these extreme brain states. You’ll learn: -Why babies are religious. -What it's like to die. -What the “God spot” is in the brain and whether or not magnetic stimulation can cause religious experience. -The difference between mindfulness, meditation and prayer and why it’s important. -And more! [Warning: Close-minded people should not take this class. It will involve objectively evaluating the claims of various religious people]


P3452: Real Science: What It Is and How to Spot BS in Splash! Spring 2014 (Apr. 12 - 13, 2014)
Lots of people talk about what “Scientists say” and what is “experimentally proven”. We all want to be rational and make good decisions. But what is science, really? And how do you know when someone is just trying to BS you by throwing around the word “science”? We’ll talk about that, and, like real scientists, do some real experiments.


P3453: The Birth of Science in Splash! Spring 2014 (Apr. 12 - 13, 2014)
Where did science come from? Who were the heroes who invented it? Why wasn't it invented sooner? In this class, we'll talk about the exciting story of how we went from alchemy to chemistry, from astrology to astronomy. We'll talk about the epic debate about whether it was the earth or the sun in the center of the universe, discussing the discoveries and politics involved. You'll hear about popes and kings, monks and bishops, and even a few professors. If that's not enough, I'll tell you: *Why practically nobody thought the earth was flat *How Galileo accomplished the greatest troll of all time *Why it's really hard to prove that the earth revolves around the sun (without satellites) [Warning: Not just a history class! We'll actually try to think scientifically]


B3454: Neuroscience of Pleasure, Pain and Purpose in Splash! Spring 2014 (Apr. 12 - 13, 2014)
What motivates us? What systems in the brain drive us one way or another? Why did I just check Facebook again? In this talk, you’ll learn about sex (now I have your attention :P), addiction, pornography, drugs, altruism, self-control, and even the meaning of life. You’ll learn about how dopamine and oxytocin work and why they matter. You’ll also get some practical advice on ways to boost willpower, develop good habits and break bad ones. If you’ve got behaviors you’d like to change, you should take this course! :)


B3455: Practical Neuroscience in Splash! Spring 2014 (Apr. 12 - 13, 2014)
What is the brain? How does it work? How can I make it stronger? You’ll learn about awesome experiments that show that the brain can be rewired, remolded and strengthened. You’ll meet someone operating with half a brain (literally), people who built physical strength just by thinking about it, and people who rewired their brains and cured mental illnesses with the power of thought. We’ll cover what you need to know about the brain. If you’ve got a brain, you should take this course! :)


B3456: Mind and Body: How Your Mind Makes It Real in Splash! Spring 2014 (Apr. 12 - 13, 2014)
Can a sugar-pill cause morphine release? Can hypnosis cure blindness? Can looks kill (literally)? Can getting shot not hurt? We'll talk about old history and new science developing around "mind-body" medicine, how your mind and brain affect your body in really interesting ways. We'll meet people with paralysis who can regain their movement, and blind people can regain their sight by the power of words. We'll see how the brain can produce pain completely independently of any "physical" cause. We'll discuss theories of how the brain might be involved in diseases like fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome. If that's not enough, you'll learn about ritual executions that rely on the victim's expectation, and soldiers in WWII who get shot but don't seem to mind. In short, we'll explore the strange and perplexing frontier where Mind meets Body.


B3457: The Science of Willpower in Splash! Spring 2014 (Apr. 12 - 13, 2014)
The Art and Science of Piloting Your Self From ancient sages to modern science, we'll talk about this most central of human virtues. Why don't we do what we want? Why do we procrastinate? Check FB? Eat more than we wanted? We'll talk about the neuroscience of it, the biochemistry of it, and the practice of it. We've been at this a long time, so you'll hear from the Greeks, Eastern sages, from modern scientists, and willpower Olympians. -Why your willpower is powered by sugar -The top exercises proven to increase your willpower -The crazy scientist who showed that willpower was like a muscle -People whose willpower puts us all to shame Whatever it is you want to accomplish, willpower will help you do it. And this class will help you build willpower.


L3458: Justice - What’s the Right Thing to Do? in Splash! Spring 2014 (Apr. 12 - 13, 2014)
Bank bailouts. Stealing to feed your hungry kid. Lying to save Jews in your basement. Waterboarding. What’s right and what’s wrong? And how do we know? This will be a crash course in Ethics, the rigorous discipline of determining what’s right. This lost science will be critical for anyone who will have to make decisions in their life.


P3086: Real Science: What It Is and How to Spot BS in Splash! Fall 2013 (Nov. 02 - 03, 2013)
Lots of people talk about what “Scientists say” and what is “experimentally proven”. We all want to be rational and make good decisions. But what is science, really? And how do you know when someone is just trying to BS you by throwing around the word “science”? We’ll talk about that, and, like real scientists, do some real experiments.


B3088: Practical Neuroscience (Updated!) in Splash! Fall 2013 (Nov. 02 - 03, 2013)
What is the brain? How does it work? How can I make it stronger? You’ll learn about awesome experiments that show that the brain can be rewired, remolded and strengthened. You’ll meet someone operating with half a brain (literally), people who built physical strength just by thinking about it, and people who rewired their brains and cured mental illnesses with the power of thought. We’ll cover what you need to know about the brain. If you’ve got a brain, you should take this course! :) **Updated with new materials for Fall 2013!** Note: this course was extremely popular last Fall and Spring, so sign up soon!


P3089: The Birth of Science in Splash! Fall 2013 (Nov. 02 - 03, 2013)
Where did science come from? Who were the heroes who invented it? Why wasn't it invented sooner? In this class, we'll talk about the exciting story of how we went from alchemy to chemistry, from astrology to astronomy. We'll talk about the epic debate about whether it was the earth or the sun in the center of the universe, discussing the discoveries and politics involved. You'll hear about popes and kings, monks and bishops, and even a few professors. If that's not enough, I'll tell you: *Why practically nobody thought the earth was flat *How Galileo accomplished the greatest troll of all time *Why it's really hard to prove that the earth revolves around the sun (without satellites) [Warning: Not just a history class! We'll actually try to think scientifically]


B3090: Mind and Body: How Your Mind Makes It Real in Splash! Fall 2013 (Nov. 02 - 03, 2013)
Can a sugar-pill cause morphine release? Can hypnosis cure blindness? Can looks kill (literally)? Can getting shot not hurt? We'll talk about old history and new science developing around "mind-body" medicine, how your mind and brain affect your body in really interesting ways. We'll meet people with paralysis who can regain their movement, and blind people can regain their sight by the power of words. We'll see how the brain can produce pain completely independently of any "physical" cause. We'll discuss theories of how the brain might be involved in diseases like fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome. If that's not enough, you'll learn about ritual executions that rely on the victim's expectation, and soldiers in WWII who get shot but don't seem to mind. In short, we'll explore the strange and perplexing frontier where Mind meets Body.


B3091: Neuroscience of Pleasure, Pain and Purpose in Splash! Fall 2013 (Nov. 02 - 03, 2013)
What motivates us? What systems in the brain drive us one way or another? Why did I just check Facebook again? In this talk, you’ll learn about sex (now I have your attention :P), addiction, pornography, drugs, altruism, self-control, and even the meaning of life. You’ll learn about how dopamine and oxytocin work and why they matter. You’ll also get some practical advice on ways to boost willpower, develop good habits and break bad ones. If you’ve got behaviors you’d like to change, you should take this course! :)


L3092: Justice - What’s the Right Thing to Do? in Splash! Fall 2013 (Nov. 02 - 03, 2013)
Bank bailouts. Stealing to feed your hungry kid. Lying to save Jews in your basement. Waterboarding. What’s right and what’s wrong? And how do we know? This will be a crash course in Ethics, the rigorous discipline of determining what’s right. This lost science will be critical for anyone who will have to make decisions in their life. I’m modeling this course after the enormously popular class and book taught by Michael Sandel at Harvard (Google my course title).


B2785: Practical Neuroscience in Splash! Spring 2013 (Apr. 13 - 14, 2013)
What is the brain? How does it work? How can I make it stronger? You'll learn about awesome experiments that show that the brain can be rewired, remolded and strengthened. You’ll meet someone operating with half a brain (literally), people who built physical strength just by thinking about it, and people who rewired their brains and cured mental illnesses with the power of thought. We'll cover what you need to know about the brain. If you've got a brain, you should take this course! :) Note: this course was extremely popular in the Fall, so sign up soon!


B2787: Neuroscience of Pleasure, Pain and Purpose in Splash! Spring 2013 (Apr. 13 - 14, 2013)
What motivates us? What systems in the brain drive us one way or another? Why did I just check Facebook again? In this talk, you’ll learn about sex (now I have your attention :P), addiction, pornography, drugs, altruism, self-control, and even the meaning of life. You’ll learn about how dopamine and oxytocin work and why they matter. You’ll also get some practical advice on ways to boost willpower, develop good habits and break bad ones. If you’ve got behaviors you’d like to change, you should take this course! :) Rated PG-13 (for medical discussions on sex and pornography).


B2788: Real Science: What It Is and How to Spot BS in Splash! Spring 2013 (Apr. 13 - 14, 2013)
Lots of people talk about what "Scientists say" and what is "experimentally proven". We all want to be rational and make good decisions. But what is science, really? And how do you know when someone is just trying to BS you by throwing around the word "science"? We'll talk about that, and, like real scientists, do some real experiments.


L2790: Justice - What's the Right Thing to Do? in Splash! Spring 2013 (Apr. 13 - 14, 2013)
Bank bailouts. Stealing to feed your hungry kid. Lying to save Jews in your basement. Waterboarding. What's right and what's wrong? And how do we know? This will be a crash course in Ethics, the rigorous discipline of determining what's right. This lost science will be critical for anyone who will have to make decisions in their life. I'm modeling this course after the enormously popular class and book taught by Michael Sandel at Harvard (Google my course title).


B2439: Practical Neuroscience - in Splash! Fall 2012 (Nov. 03 - 04, 2012)
What is the brain? How does it work? How can I make it stronger? You'll learn about awesome experiments that show that the brain can be rewired, remolded and strengthened. From procrastination to daydreaming, neural networks and willpower, we'll cover what you need to know about the brain. If you've got a brain, you should take this course! :)


L2440: Justice - What's the Right Thing to Do? in Splash! Fall 2012 (Nov. 03 - 04, 2012)
Bank bailouts. Stealing to feed your hungry kid. Lying to save Jews in your basement. Waterboarding. What's right and what's wrong? And how do we know? This will be a crash course in Ethics, the rigorous discipline of determining what's right. This lost science will be critical for anyone who will have to make decisions in their life. I'm modeling this course after the enormously popular class and book taught by Michael Sandel at Harvard (Google my course title).


B2441: Real Science: What It Is and How to Spot BS in Splash! Fall 2012 (Nov. 03 - 04, 2012)
Lots of people talk about what "Scientists say" and what is "experimentally proven". We all want to be rational and make good decisions. But what is science, really? And how do you know when someone is just trying to BS you by throwing around the word "science"? We'll talk about that, and, like real scientists, do some real experiments.


B1793: Real Science - What It Is and How to Spot BS in Splash! Fall 2011 (Oct. 29 - 30, 2011)
Lots of people talk about what "Scientists say" and what is "experimentally proven". We all want to be rational and make good decisions. But what is science, really? And how do you know when someone is just trying to BS you by throwing around the word "science"? We'll talk about that, and, like real scientists, do some real experiments.


L1794: Justice - What's the Right Thing to Do? in Splash! Fall 2011 (Oct. 29 - 30, 2011)
Bank bailouts. Stealing to feed your hungry kid. Lying to save Jews in your basement. Waterboarding. What's right and what's wrong? And how do we know? This will be a crash course in Ethics, the rigorous discipline of determining what's right. This lost science will be critical for anyone who will have to make decisions in their life. I'm modeling this course after the enormously popular class and book taught by Michael Sandel at Harvard (Google my course title).


S1115: Real Science - What It Is and How to Spot BS in Splash! Fall 2010 (Nov. 13 - 14, 2010)
Have you ever heard something is "Scientifically proven to..." or been told to believe something that, "Scientists believe that..."? What is science? How do you know who's telling the truth and who's lying? Who is making real scientific claims, and who is just using scientific words to persuade? This is a crash course in the definition, power and limits of science. Learn how to spot BS claims scientists and non-scientists make. Useful for everyone who will be making science-based decisions (including non-scientists).