The lecture this week was called “The Science of Minds: Cognition and Language,” given by Michael Spivey. Instead of experiencing his lecture live, we experienced it through a video since he was unable to attend that day. Spivey focused on how the brain works. One point that he brought up was that if a word is constantly being repeated, the word will eventually lose its meaning.

The central idea of this lecture is that there is a continuous flow when we hear a word and how we react to it. An example that Spivey spend a long time explaining was how the brain processes the word “candle.” When a child hears “candle” they may thing of other words that sound the same first, such as “candy,” before they can process the word “candle.” The mind will think of the word “candy” before making the correction and thinking “candle.”

I do think that learning about how humans think is interesting, but, honestly, I did not find interest in this lecture. I felt like Spivey dwelled on the same topic for too long and often lost focus. For instance, I believe he talked about the “candle” and “candy” example for about 20 minutes. One question that did come across my mind during this lecture was, do you think it is possible for something to think of absolutely nothing?

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