Consciousness: Ways of Knowing and Being

Instructor: 
Elaine Gray
Day/Time Taught: 
116: TR 12:30-1:45 pm; 130: TR 2:00-3:15 pm
Term: 
Spring
Year: 
2012
Prefix: 
UCO
Course Number: 
1200
Section-1: 
116
Section-2: 
130

 

What is consciousness? Do our thoughts influence our reality? Am I just a bundle of neurons (a brain) or is there something more to the essence of who I am? What is the difference between knowing and being? How do I construct self, meaning, and purpose? Can the state of our inner position improve our well-being and create a better world?
This course explores the mysteries of consciousness through interdisciplinary perspectives on self, science, psychology, anthropology, and philosophy. Course activities will focus on student engagement through journals, discussions, and group problem solving. Students will engage in contemplative inquiry 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 worldview combined with readings and research on the subject of human consciousness will culminate in the development of an integrative articulation of a philosophy of mind.

 

 

 

 

 

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:
Dr. Martha McCaughey
mccaugheym@appstate.edu

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