The Study of Consciousness
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Overview of the course:
This course is intended to introduce students to the study of the phenomenon of consciousness, with the goal of helping them to identify and discuss select philosophical, scientific, and religious as well as psychological perspectives surrounding consciousness itself. We will also look into how these perspectives relate to the idea of the transformation of consciousness.
We will begin with an examination of consciousness in the general sense, and we will focus on the “hard problem” or “mind-body problem" as it is revealed through philosophical and scientific discourse. We will introduce a discussion of life and the connection to consciousness, and we will continue with a broad overview of the human consciousness in an effort to distinguish a couple of its elemental features that differentiate the latter from other forms of consciousness. Participants will then be ready to address the question: Does the human consciousness transform or evolve? In doing so, we will also view the transformation of the human consciousness as response to crisis.
It is recommended that students purchase the book The Ever Present Origin by Jean Gebser, as they will be asked to read sections of it during the course. All other materials (including original audio lectures created by the instructor for this course, supplementary articles, videos, podcast episodes, etc.) are included in the course.
Ersi Danou is the co-founder of the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival, and a producer and director known for To onoma mou einai Anna, A Sea Apart, and Kingdom by the Sea. She holds an M.A. in Consciousness Studies from the University of Philosophical Research.
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