Program Name: Biomedical Sciences
Course Name: Consciousness: How the Hard Problem can Inform Exper Studies Course Id: 6709
The term hard problem articulates the difficulty of explaining the transition between physical (e.g., neurons) and phenomenal entities (e.g., colors). Thus, why is any merely neural dynamic the basisfor any phenomenal experience at all? Alternatively, if we induce some neural dynamic, why does the inductee not merely experience neurons firing, rather than, e.g., seeing phosphenes? I will begin with a brief philosophical overview and move to computational and neurally oriented efforts to address this most central issue of the problem of consciousness.
Semester Offered: Fall