Conscience and Consciousness: Ways of Knowing and Being

Instructor: 
Elaine Gray
Day/Time Taught: 
TR 12:20-1:45
Term: 
Fall
Year: 
2009
Prefix: 
US
Course Number: 
1150

What is consciousness? Do our thoughts influence our reality? What is the difference between knowing and being? Are altered states and psychic experiences verifiable? How do I construct self, meaning, and purpose? Can our inner position improve our well-being and create a better world?

This course explores the mysteries of consciousness through interdisciplinary perspectives from science, psychology, anthropology, religion and philosophy.  Course activities will focus on student engagement through journals,
discussions, and a group video documentary project. Students will engage in contemplative reflection based in meditation and mindfulness practices that explore attention, self-awareness, and inner knowing. An examination of
attitudes, values, beliefs, and assumptions that influence our individual consciousness will culminate in an integrative articulation of a worldview.

NOTE: Enrollment in this class is limited to transfer students

Transfer students?: 
yes

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Rick Klima
klimare@appstate.edu

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