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WRIT 5 - Contemplating Consciousness: Home

This is a guide to the Writing 5 course Contemplating Consciousness taught by Erkki Mackey.

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Finding scholarly articles and journals for "Consciousness"

You can find writings about consciousness in many publications. You can start your search in a general index such as Academic Search Complete or Web of Science. Or you can use the search box at the top of the page.

Introduction to Contemplating Consciousness

Physical science has so far been unable to provide a full explanation of mind or consciousness, and there is reason to doubt that it ever will. Startling insights from modern physics and cosmology have altered our understanding of reality and raised profound questions about the universe and our experience in it. Central to this class is one in particular: does consciousness emerge from an underlying physical reality, or is it possible that what we perceive as physical reality emerges from some kind of fundamental consciousness? Together we will examine two opposing accounts of consciousness and some evidence from the study of language and quantum mechanics that might lead us to one conclusion or another—or, more likely, to more questions. Our readings will include selections from The Conscious Mind by Zoltan Torey, Rupert Spira’s The Nature of Consciousness, and Quantum Enigma by Bruce Rosenblum and Fred Kuttner, along with a few short supplementary essays. We will analyze both the arguments and rhetorical forms of our core texts. Students will complete numerous informal writing exercises and will write multiple drafts of three formal essays. They can expect extensive feedback from both peers and the instructor.

[Source, Timetable of Class Meetings; 09/30/2022]

Introductory reading(s)

Selected book title(s)

Citing and tracking your bibliographic references

Use this guide to help you learn how to correctly cite and keep track of the references you find for your research.

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