Consciousness: from philosophy to neuroscience
Seminar organized by Alex Gamma and Daniel Kiper

   Fall semester 2016

Location: Irchel room Y16-G-05
Schedule: Thursday, 5.15-7.00pm

This course is intended for all students interested in the topic of consciousness and the NCC, i.e. the Neural Correlate of Consciousness.

Each session will include a presentation by one of the organizers, and will be followed by a general discussion.

The course's main language is english, but discussions and questions in german are also possible.


Most topics will be covered in articles and notes available on this web site, or that will be distributed during the course.
There will be three unannounced quizzes (multiple choice format) that will determine the final grade. You need at least two completed quizzes
to pass.

In addition, you have to make at least 4 significant contributions to our consciousness forum:
3 general ones and 1 about the Ravenscroft Book "Philosophy of mind", whose relevant chapters
you can find here and here in german.

Here are two other versions that have been cleaned up and are searchable. In German, and in English

We will explain in class which contributions are judged to be "significant" and how to use the forum.

The forum will close at midnight of New Year's eve. No postings made after that will be considered!

Successful completion of the course yields three credits.


Forum instructions

1. Go to:
2. Select your university and log in with your university email account credentials
3. Enter a username of your choice (only lowercase letters and number 0-9)
4. On the next page, you will be asked for the access code
5. The access code is: nevermind2016
6. Enter it and click "Order"
7. On the next page, click on "Forum" in the menu on the left side
8. Once in the forum, you can reply to existing posts or open a new thread by clicking on "Open new topic".
9. Enjoy yourself and get inspired!
10. (There's also a chat function!)

Course Material:

- Here are the first slides von Alex about qualia.

- Here are the slides for Alex's last lectures.

- Here are the slides
for the visual experiments, for electrical stimulation, and for patients.