Matter, Mind, Consciousness
General Catalog Course Title:
Matter, Mind, Consciousness
Terms Offered:
Fall 2015
Fall 2014
Course Thread: 
Sciences and Society
Presti, David

 All we know comes to us via our mental experience: our thoughts, feelings, perceptions, and conscious 

awareness. However, it is a deep mystery how the physical processes of our brain and body give rise to 

the subjective experience of consciousness. Some argue that the investigation of this mind-body 

connection is the most profound question in all of science. We will address this question from the 

perspectives of biology, philosophy, physics, and psychology --- cognitive science, broadly defined. 


 Students interested in all areas of the sciences, arts, and humanities are encouraged 

to enroll. This seminar is part of the Connections@Cal initiative. 


David Presti has taught neuroscience at UC Berkeley for more than twenty years. For nearly ten years, he 

has also been teaching neuroscience to Tibetan monastics in India. 


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