What is consciousness?
Ignorabimus – we will not know. Thus declared the physiologist Emil du Bois-Reymond exact-ly 150 years ago with respect to the connection between consciousness and the nature of matter. Since then, consciousness has been the object of intense research – in liberal arts as well as natural science. Consciousness is being generated, modified, and measured in increasingly differentiated ways: in dreams and dance, through film and language but also through the body itself. Still, important questions remain: Are plants conscious? Are machines? How to explain subjective experience? The Collegium generale lectures series explores the question of consciousness: What do we know, what do we not know yet, and what might we never know?
Five lectures are in English:
|28. September 2022||Collaborating to crack consciousness
Prof. Dr. Lucia Melloni, MPI für empirische Ästhetik, Frankfurt
|5. Oktober 2022||In the Realm of Dreams
Dr. Leila Tarokh, Universitäre Psychiatrische Dienste (UPD), Universität Bern
|12. Oktober 2022||Planta Sapiens: The New Science of Plant Sentience
Prof. Dr. Paco Calvo, Minimal Intelligence Lab, Universidad de Murcia
|9. November 2022||Language and Social Consciousness
Prof. Dr. Erez Levon, Center for the Study of Language and Society, Universität Bern
|16. November 2022||Cooperation and Human Cognition
Prof. Dr. Michael Tomasello, Psychology and Neuroscience, Duke University
For full program details, please see the German page.