January 15, 2003

Galanter, Eugene
[PSYC W1001] Science of Psychology

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Galanter is one of the most amusing professors at Columbia. I attribute this to his obvious descent into senility. Once he couldnt derive his own equations on the board, despite the TAs calling out the answer to him. In his defense, im sure he couldnt hear them all the way in the front row. He also says global warming is ok, since Columbia is on a hill and should survive a rise in ocean levels. That said, his lectures were cures for insomnia. I have never seen more people openly sleeping and drooling before. But his personal anecdotes are really funny and disturbing. Evidently, the army considered using pidgeons to guide the controls for missiles in the 50s. But if the class is too boring for you, its ok. Galanter encourages people to not attend. He also makes his quizzes open book, which helps alot (except for the poor delinquents who missed the class where the open book thing was announced). The grading is cake, with probably the most generous curve i have ever seen. It didnt seem like a curve, more like him bumping up everyones grade by a letter. All in all, definitely worth it for the science requirement.

Workload:

What work? Three open book multiple choice quizzes with the possibility of partial credit.