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Making Sense of Data 
Day/Time  Thursday 12:00-1:20 
Location C-106
Session First 6 weeks 9/14-10/19
Class Limit Limit: 25

Many groan at the sight or mention of data; however, it is very much a part of how information is discussed, validated, or disproved. Just like narratives, statistical data can be used to provide insights or can be used to mislead. This class will help you to be a more informed consumer of statistical findings. It is intended for those of you who have never had or have totally forgotten the one course in statistics you may have taken. Data examples will be drawn from policy areas such as education, family, and health. No computation skills required.

Coordinator: Marilyn Nouri

Marilyn is retired from the State University of New York in Oneonta where she taught courses in Sociology, Research Methods, Statistics, and Social Policy




Mind and Matter 
Day/Time  Tuesday 10:30-11:50 
Location C-106
Session First 6 weeks 9/12-10/17
Class Limit Limit: 25

The relationship of mind to matter has puzzled philosophers and scientists for centuries. This course explores the power of mind in health and disease, seen in the placebo effect, for example, and other physical conditions. Effects of mind can be far more powerful than is generally realized, and the evidence raises serious questions about the commonly held theory that mind is wholly reducible to the structure and function of the brain. Lectures, discussion, and brief readings. More information at

Coordinator: Sydney Lamb

Before retiring Syd Lamb was a professor of linguistics and cognitive science at Rice University. He is the author of Pathways of the Brain (1999) and Language and Reality (2004). In the A.L.L. he has taught courses in Mind and Belief. Mind and Matter, Mind and Music, and the Evolution of Brain and Language.




Our Most Precious Possession 
Day/Time  Wednesday 3:00-4:20 
Location C-106
Session 12 weeks 9/13-12/6
Class Limit Limit: 25

And what, pray tell, is that? It is our mind. Part conscious, part unconscious, the human mind has proved capable of both the creation of true masterpieces and the perpetration of horrible atrocities. You will be taken on a carefully guided tour of both the mind and the brain. We will examine the brain and its stellar creation, human consciousness, emphasizing the interaction of our minds with the increasingly complex world in which we find ourselves. We will have lectures, discussions, and audio visual presentations. Come join us and don't forget to bring your mind. Detailed outline supplied with the course.

Coordinator: Don Ellicott

Don has taught many classes at A.L.L., mainly in the areas of psychology and history. Previously, he taught history as a career.