Introduction to Philosophy of Mind

Joseph Almog

Introduction to Philosophy of Mind

Philosophy department

Joseph Almog

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Fall 2009
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Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Feb. 3, 2012 Grade Received: N/A

I don't even know where to start...
Professor Almog is a funny teacher: he can be very confusing, gets really excited and shouts during lecture, and never seems to button his shirt up all the way. His lectures are not structured, and he goes on tangents all the time.

If you like structure and objective things, this is probably not the best class for you. The class is not hard (there's basically no homework except for studying for the two midterms and the final), but it's not something you can just memorize and actually makes you think.

Most people fall asleep, go on Facebook, or just stop going to lectures altogether. Just make sure you have a good TA to translate the important concepts that you need to know.

For the final, GO TO THE TA'S FINAL REVIEW! They help a lot and basically give you the answers. It is an easy A.

Oh, and don't bother buying the course reader. It's a waste of money because you only read about 10 pages max

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Dec. 20, 2011 Grade Received: N/A

Easiest GE.
No need to go to lec. But Go to dis and review session. TA will tell you everything you need for the exam.
No HW. No paper. Only 2 mid and 1 final. All of them are easy.
I went to only 2 lectures, and skipped 2 discussions as well. But I got an A.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Dec. 4, 2011 Grade Received: N/A

This is a very tricky professor to rate.
A few things about me, so maybe you can relate:

Generally speaking, he's not someone you take if you're used to a very structured way of traditional teaching where you do the readings, copy slides from lectures, memorize them, and get an A. In other words, my south campus friends, this class is probably not for you.

I will, however, say that he's a VERY energetic teacher, and is very passionate about the subject.

DO take this professor if:
You're a first year, and want to take the crazy genius college professor like you see in the movies. It's very entertaining.
Also, if you want to study the essence of things from a philosophical standpoint, take this class.

There's pretty much no homework. I've read about 20 pages this whole quarter, and my "homework" consists of studying everything the night before each midterm.

You definitely need an open mind with this professor, but generally speaking, I haven't learned anything valuable... at all.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Nov. 27, 2011 Grade Received: N/A

Before taking Phil 7, ask yourself the following questions:

Do I like to start my day listening to the rantings of a lunatic Frenchman who thinks I'm a very, very stupid excuse for a human being?

Would talk-radio/daytime TV fulfill the aforementioned requirements for me? No? Incoherent nonsense IN the classroom is better for you? Right on.

Do I want to meet admirable graduate students who will make me excited about growing older and inspire me to pursue a doctorate in the humanities? Nope? You want to meet people NOT like that whatsoever? OUTstanding.

You just found the perfect class.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Nov. 17, 2011 Grade Received: N/A

Gosh, people say he's a terrible lecture. I wanna clarify that up: Joseph RANTS. HOWEVER, all the things he rants about are important to the topics. If you can follow a continuous flow of thought, then you'll understand him. I was actually able to follow his lectures because once you've listened to him rant on enough, you start to understand which of his rants are important and which are examples.
I agree with the rest when it comes to the workload... cuz there isn't any hahaha he assigns like 2 pages for 3 weeks. The readings are actually crucial because it kinda wraps together all the lectures.
There were 2 midterms, in class. He tells you whats going to be on them... so no need to panic.
It's best to ask your TA early in the quarter when you are confused. The material builds up on top of one another. If you don't understand one main concept from the beginning, you might be confused in the middle. I had Ari as my TA. BEST TA EVER! He's super helpful.
OVERALL: this was an EASY Ge that required thinking (: not effort... THINKING. So it's doable.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Sept. 16, 2011 Grade Received: N/A

Easiest class I've taken at UCLA. Never went to lecture, just went to discussion section and got the easiest A of my life.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Feb. 25, 2011 Grade Received: N/A

If you need a GE and already have a hard schedule of classes, take this class. Despite the fact that the amount you learn the whole quarter could be summarized in about 30 seconds and that Almog is the worst lecturer ever, it is really not a demanding class. Lecture is way over crowded, but you don't even need to go to lecture or buy the course reader. If anything go to discussion always, and the go to the lecture right before both midterms and the final. If you are interested in learning about philosophy and want to be engaged in something interesting then don't take this class. That said, it is not hard at all.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Feb. 19, 2010 Grade Received: N/A

What a crazy SOB. Tiny stature, piercing gaze, cartoonish hair, and short-shorts that would put Richard Simmons to shame. So here's what you do. First of all, enroll in the class. Second, go to the first couple of lectures and see if you want to continue attending said lectures. You will not. Third, read the 10 or so pages he assigns you all quarter. Fourth, go to section (I can't remember if attendance counts, but I'm willing to bet it doesn't). In any case, the TA will explain all you need to know. Fifth, before the midterm and final, go to office hours or the review session hosted by the TAs. Oh, by the way, HE GIVES YOU THE TESTS IN ADVANCE...VERBATIM. Sixth, rejoice.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Jan. 20, 2010 Grade Received: N/A

He's a terrible lecturer and a really mean-spirited guy. He seems to get off on yelling at people, and is a huge egomaniac. Also the class had very little to do with the course title. That said, it was pretty easy.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Jan. 11, 2010 Grade Received: N/A

basically what's already been said:
-easy grader.
-long drawn-out lectures.
-talks down to you like you're an idiot.
-concepts are pretty easy to understand, but prof. almog tends to be unclear what or who exactly he is referring to.
-all of the TA's are absolutely wonderful

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