Consciousness (Vivid Ideas)

Consciousness (Vivid Ideas)

Philosophy courses in Sydney. Study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence.

Philosophy is a discipline that exercises reason and logic in an attempt to understand reality and answer fundamental questions about knowledge, life, ethics & morality and human nature. Learn Philosophy with Philosophy courses in Sydney – short courses open to everyone.

The study of consciousness remains one of the pre-eminent challenges of the 21st century. This philosophy course on consciousness will take an interdisciplinary approach, including recent work in philosophy of mind, neuroscience, sociobiology and medicine to assess the current state of knowledge on what consciousness is, how it functions to produce the reality of ourselves and how it mediates our understanding of the world around us. We will also look at speculations about the impact of Quantum theory on theories of mind and the perceived unity of consciousness.

Learning Outcomes

This philosophy course aims to:

  1. Give an in-depth introduction to the working of the human brain.
  2. Give an up to date analysis of what consciousness is.
  3. Discuss the implications of decision making processes performed by the unconscious brain.
  4. Understand the role of emotions in the workings of the brain.
  5. Give the student an understanding of their own consciousness.

This philosophy course will cover the following topics surrounding consciousness:

  • What is consciousness and how is it produced by the brain?
  • Quantum theory, reality and consciousness.
  • Consciousness from a Sociological and Psychological point of view.
  • Defining consciousness as internal awareness: metacognition and consciousness.

This philosophy course will be delivered as an interactive workshop consisting of an instructor-led lecture, analysis of case studies and group discussions. This course strives to encourage active and informed participation, group analysis and debate of the facts, issues and insights into our changing world.

Vivid Ideas 2018

This short course is part of the Vivid Ideas 2018 program and open to all members of the public. Vivid Sydney is the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas. Now in its tenth year, the event is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency. Visit

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