Providing examples of topics that may be covered as we proceed.  The exact offerings are determined by

● the basic course objectives (integration of ways of knowing the world at multiple levels of organization);

● specific interests of seminar participants;

Emerging research and scholarship in constituent fields;       

● specific interests of guest experts that may visit to explore their interests in the light of A&O.   


(notes from last year’s offerings are provided as clues about how discussions emerge and interconnect)


  orange links are LIVE examples of topics   
January 26 A&O (1) CONNECTIONS!  Within and Between us ● The art and science of art and science– how they co-constitute our cognitive universe ● what do WORDS really MEAN?      ● MEANINGS are DEEPER than WORDS  Check-in (who we are and our interests; 2-3 minutes at most) ● the IDEA of CONNECTIONS ● the PROBLEM with WORDSCheck-out (what ideas stood out for you?) possibly by e-mail
February 2 A&O (2) DEEP ETHOLOGY, real animals in the real world ● EXISTENTIAL PHENOMENOLOGY real people in the real world Check-in (who we are and our interests; 2-3 minutes at most; comment on what stood out from last week) ● Continue with DEEP ETHOLOGY and the aspects of ART. Check-out (things that stood out this week, by e-mail from your diary notes, taken during class). 
February 9 A&O (3) ● How do we know what to believe: COHERENCE and CORRESPONDENCE.  patterns of influence between traits: PLEIOTROPY and POLYGENIC.  Balance ● Essential Tensions ● INDIVIDUATION and SOCIALIZATION● SENSATIONS, PERCEPTIONS, CONCEPTIONS traits influence–and are influenced by–other traits (including between levels of organization) –how does that work? Human development, cultural transmission, “learning to learn” …  Bias, congenital and acquired
February 16 A&O (4) ● DEVELOPMENT, BIAS, and learning,  ● congenital and acquired bias: how WEIRD we are; The “body bias”–Meaning and the Body  Read: Chapter 1 from K Greenberg et al 2019.  Guest appearance by scholar of teaching-learning theory and practice, Professor Katherine Greenberg  
February 23 A&O (5) ●  NEEDS● CHANGE: the maelstrom of perpetual disintegration and  renewal;● key ideas that lead up to STRESS   consolidate DEVELOPMENT; and MIND MAPS  What level of organization are YOU?
March 2 A&O (6) ● ART and SCIENCE and TRUTH;● when TRUTH is a LIE; ● is SAPIENCE and SENTIENCE: represented by math & art? see: A&O’s ART & MATHEMATICS notes, discuss with Dr Nolt, think about it.  philosopher, John Nolt, will join us to speak to the aesthetics and mathematics (Dr N. is author of several books and a well known expert on logic and environmental ethics)
March 9 A&O (7) ● A Stroke of Insight …  PLAUSIBLE STORIES,● TRUTH and BELIEF (correspondence and coherence) KEY EVOLUTIONARY CONCEPTS; PERCEPTION: BRING EXAMPLES of ART representing an anchor for an aspect of your topic (could be a short narrative of a personal experience) “adaptation”, “fitness”, “selection pressure,” NEEDS & STRESS. 
March 16 A&O (8)  ● Play and the development of creativity;     ● COMMUNICATIONS internal and external  guest appearance by ethologist,  Gordon Burghardt speaking to “play, art, and creativity) (Dr B. is an internationally known expert on reptile behavior and the ethology of play) 
March  23 A&O (9) ● A STROKE OF INSIGHT and key insights in physiology and consciousness;


●  CAUSES and CONSEQUENCES, beginnings and endings.

what can Jill Taylor’s story tell us about PERCEPTIONS and CONCEPTIONS ?

what can PAREIDOLIA tell us about PERCEPTIONS and BIAS ?  (“filling-in”) 

what can RITUALIZATION tell us about BRICOLAGE and EVOLUTION ?

March 30 A&O (10) ● CONTINUING last week emphasizing BIAS, RITUALIZATION, and the connections between PAREIDOLIA and CONSCIOUSNESS … then asking if levels of organization represent layers of meaning  ART & ARTIFACT ,,, WHAT is inthe mind of the artist?  does it matter?  why do we want to know about our ancestors 
April 6 A&O (11) ART and ARTIFACT: What can we know of the mind of the creative artist? does it matter?    Last year’s notes Possible guest appearance by anthropologist, Jan Simek , speaking to “art and artifact in paleolithic cultures.”  (Dr S. is an internationally known expert on paleolithic European as well as American  cave art) 
April 13 A&O (12) Follow-up, follow-through. Loose ends about paleolithic art.  STUDENT PRESENTATIONS   3-5 presentations by seminar participants of their of project powerpoints – presented to solicit feedback for a better final project
April 27 A&O (14) STUDENT PRESENTATIONS and DEBRIEFING: what has stood out? what has changed? Last Meeting; classes end April 28; Final Report=EXAM; DEADLINE Wednesday, May 5