October 28, 2019 6:00 PM
The field of consciousness studies has expanded rapidly in the last 20 years but we seem to be no closer to finding an answer to the question of exactly what consciousness is and how it came to exist. In this class we will study the ideas and theories of leading experts in this fascinating field by watching video presentations and then discussing the pros and cons. No text book is required.
This month we will start a five part series on Big History. The Big History Project examines our past, explains our present, and imagines our future. It's a story about us. An idea that arose from a desire to go beyond specialized and self-contained fields of study to grasp history as a whole. The course is designed for anyone seeking answers to the big questions about the history of our Universe. The course was created by historian David Christian PhD and funded by Bill Gates who calls it “his favorite online course.” Join us as we discover our place in the cosmos and the many billions of years it took for human consciousness to arise.
We will continue to meet every fourth Monday until we have solved the “hard problem of consciousness.” Actually, we will probably run out of material to discuss before that happens but who knows where this might lead?