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how human consciousness probably arises from the human mind.

Consciousness and Its Implications
Lectures by Professor Daniel N. Robinson

Consciousness and Its Implications (2007)
12 lectures, 6 hours
Consciousness and Its Implications at TheGreatCourses.com

It's as essential to human existence as water is to a fish. Every night we surrender it gratefully, only to get it back in the morning. We recognize that we have it, but we can never be sure anyone else does. Consciousness, this unique and perplexing mental state, has been the subject of debate for philosophers and scientists for millennia. And while it is widely agreed within contemporary philosophy that consciousness is a problem whose solutions are likely to determine the fate of any number of other problems, there is no settled position on the ultimate nature of consciousness.

  • What is the most promising way to study this subject?
  • What are the implications that arise from the fact that we have consciousness?
  • What are the ethical and moral issues raised by its presence - or its absence?

Questions like these are at the heart of Consciousness and Its Implications, 12 thought-provoking lectures delivered by distinguished philosopher and psychologist Daniel N. Robinson. Rather than merely explain away consciousness, or hide behind such convenient slogans as "it's all in your brain," Professor Robinson reviews some of the special problems that philosophers, psychologists, scientists, and doctors face when taking on such a vexing topic.

What Is Consciousness?

Much of what we do every day is done without our being directly conscious of the steps taken to complete the task: riding a bicycle, taking a walk, humming a tune. But as natural as this state is, it stands as a very serious threat to any number of core convictions and assumptions in both philosophy and science. One of the overarching goals of this intriguing course is to make clear just what about consciousness serves as such a challenge to these convictions and assumptions.

But what makes Consciousness and Its Implications so engaging is more than just the nature of the questions it poses and the issues it tackles. It's the way in which Professor Robinson, the consummate teacher and scholar, conveys this goal in four main points, each of which you explore in depth in these lectures.

  • Consciousness seems to require, for its full understanding, a science not yet available.
  • What distinguishes consciousness from all else is its phenomenology - that is, the act of being conscious is different from all other facts of nature.
  • Conscious awareness is a power that, at times, can be so strong as to greatly affect our senses.
  • The powers of consciousness vary over the course of a lifetime; as such, they can become subject to disease and defect.

Professor Daniel N. Robinson is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Georgetown University and a member of the philosophy faculty at Oxford University. He has also taught at other universities, including Columbia and Princeton. Among the more than 40 distinguished books to his credit is An Intellectual History of Psychology. The former president of tow divisions of the American Psychology. The former president of two divisions of the American Psychology. The former president Association, he was honored with the Lifetime Achievement aware from its history of Psychology division.

12 Lectures - 30 minutes each

1: Zombies 7: Physicalism Refined
2: Self-Consciousness 8: Consciousness and Physics
3: The "Problem" of Consciousness 9: Qualia and the "Mary" Problem
4: The Explanatory Gap 10: Do Computers Play Chess?
5: Mental Causation 11: Autism, Obsession, and Compulsion
6: Other Minds 12: Consciousness and the End of Mental Life


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Consciousness and Its Implications
Lectures by Professor Daniel N. Robinson

Sioux Falls Atheists endorse Consciousness and Its Implications for explaining
how human consciousness probably arises from the human mind.