Consciousness, Dreams, and Beliefs: Personal Applications (Spring)
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This is a repeating program. If you took this program in Winter you should not take it again in Spring.
In this interdisciplinary program, we will focus on advanced topics in consciousness studies and the psychology of dreams. We’ll explore consciousness by examining dreams and personal belief systems using both scientific research and first-person experience. We’ll explore dynamics of the psyche by examining the following questions. What is the psyche, what is consciousness, and what are their properties and dynamics? Are there different types of consciousness? What is the relationship between unconscious and conscious mental processes? What is the relationship among the conscious, unconscious, and personal beliefs in constructing our sense of self and our experience individually and en masse?
We’ll consider consciousness and dreams from a variety of viewpoints. In addition to the third-person approach of our texts and lectures, students will explore the topics by keeping structured journals of their first-person experiences and dreams. We’ll continue with a more in-depth analysis of these topics and the role of beliefs in perception and experience. There will be a substantial individual research component culminating in a presentation to the class. Students will have an opportunity to interact with the author of our text on lucid dreaming as well as a weekend retreat on Taoist philosophy and Tai Chi. Part of our work will involve consideration of research on happiness, mindfulness, awe, gratitude and other aspects of positive psychology.
The work will be challenging both intellectually and personally. Students will be expected to keep a detailed log of their work and to document working efficiently for a minimum of 50 hours each week, including class time. Students should be willing and able to critically analyze details of empirical research of conscious and unconscious processes as well as be willing to explore their personal beliefs in a variety of areas in both personal and group activities. Students should have previous coursework in biology, psychology, and consciousness studies.
Class Size: 25
Scheduled for: Day
Final schedule and room assignments:
First meeting:Monday, March 30, 2020 - 1:00 pm
Located in: Olympia