Understanding consciousness remains one of the pre-eminent challenges of the 21st century. By taking an interdisciplinary approach that spans recent work in philosophy of mind, neuroscience, sociobiology and medicine, we’ll assess the current state of knowledge on what consciousness is, how it functions to produce the reality of ourselves and how it mediates our understanding of the world around us. We will also look at speculations about the impact of quantum theory on theories of mind and the perceived unity of consciousness.
This philosophy course is delivered as an interactive workshop that aims to:
- provide an in-depth introduction to the workings of the human brain
- give an up-to-date analysis of what consciousness is
- discuss the implications of decision-making processes performed by the unconscious brain
- understand the role of emotions in the workings of the brain
- give you an understanding of your own consciousness.
You’ll have a chance to explore the following topics:
- What is consciousness and how is it produced by the brain?
- Quantum theory, reality and consciousness.
- Consciousness from a sociological and psychological point of view.
- Defining consciousness as internal awareness: metacognition and consciousness.
Beyond the instructor-led lecture, expert facilitators will encourage active and informed participation, group analysis of case studies and debate.