Consciousness: from philosophy to neuroscience
Seminar organized by Alex Gamma and Daniel Kiper

   Fall semester 2017

Location: Irchel Y35 F 32
Schedule: Thursday, 5.15-7.00pm

This course is intended for all students interested in the topic of consciousness and the NCC, i.e. the Neural Correlate of Consciousness.

Each session will include a presentation by one of the organizers, and will be followed by a general discussion.

The course's main language is english, but discussions and questions in german are also possible.


Most topics will be covered in articles and notes available on this web site, or that will be distributed during the course.
There will be three unannounced quizzes (multiple choice format) that will determine the final grade. You need at least two completed quizzes
to pass.

In addition, you have to make at least 4 significant contributions to our consciousness forum:
3 general ones and 1 about the Ravenscroft Book "Philosophy of mind", whose relevant chapters
you can find here and here in german.

Here are two other versions that have been cleaned up and are searchable. In German, and in English

Here are the instructions to use the forum:

1.Go to:
2.Select your university and log in with your university email account credentials
3.Enter a username of your choice (only lowercase letters and number 0-9)
4.On the next page, you will be asked for the access code
5.The access code is: nevermind17
6.Enter it and click "Order"
7.This brings you to the Discussion Forum
8.Once in the forum, you can reply to existing posts or open a new thread by clicking on "Open new topic"
9.Enjoy yourself and get inspired!
10. (There's also a chat function!)

Successful completion of the course yields three credits.


1. Introduction.
2. Qualia I
3. Slides from the Prentner Lecture

4. Other slides from Alex.
5. And here the slides about hard problem, zombies etc....

6. Slides for visual experiments (DK)
7. Slides for electrical stimulation (DK)
8. Slides for free will
9. Alex's optical illusions
and the Tononi model we were supposed to discuss