Consciousness: from philosophy to neuroscience
Seminar organized by Daniel Kiper & Guests

   Fall semester 2020

Location: Y35 F 32

Due to the corona situation, this course will be given online only. The recorded zoom sessions will be posted on this webpage for those who miss the "live" version. Thanks for your understanding.

The Zoom link for the online course is:
Meeting ID:
937 8456 5495

    Schedule: Thursday, 5.15-7.00pm (first lecture on Thursday 17.9.2020)

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

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.

Here is a useful book "Philosophy of mind: a beginner's guide" by I. Ravenscroft that has been cleaned up and is searchable. In German, and in English

Successful completion of the course yields three credits.

17.9 : Introduction, definition of qualia
Here is the recorded lecture. Skip the first  11 Min and 35 sec...I had forgotten to turn off recording. Ignore also the break (Min. 49 until Min 54 and 10 sec., same issue). I guess this is an example of the relationship between being conscious but NOT intelligent ....

24.9 The hard problem - Benjamin Stucky
Here are the slides. The recorded lecture is here.

1.10. Here are the slides.
And here the recorded lecture.

8.10 Here are the slides.
And here is the recorded session.

15.10 Here are the slides
Here is the recorded session.
And here is a relevant youtube video

22.10 In search of the NCC, here are the slides
Here are the recordings (in two parts). Part 1 , Part 2.

Here is the first essay question: "The Turing test is sometimes proposed as a method to decide if a robot, or program, should be considered as conscious. In your opinion, what is a weakness of this test. Try to offer an alternative". Write a short essay (max 350 words), and send it to me by email (with "consciousness essay" in the subject field), deadline Thursday 5.11, 4pm.

Here two papers on the micro-theory of consciousness, proposed b Zeki and his team.
Moutoussis et al.

And here are is the link for the course evaluation.
Please complete the evaluation between Oct 26 and Nov 13. Thanks!

29.10. Here are the "Free will slides".
Here is the lecture's recording.

5.11 Stimulation experiments
Here is the recording
Here is a paper by D. Wegner I evoked in the lecture

12.11 Hallucinations (J. Smallridge).
Here is the recording

19.11 Theories of consciousness (F. Haas)
Here is the recording
and here are Felix's slides
Here is the second essay question;"NCC experiments look for the neural basis of conscious perceptual experiences. How would you investigate the neural correlate of self-awareness?"
Again, max. 350 words, and an email ( with "consciousness essay 2" in the subject field. Deadline, Thursday 3.12, 5pm.

26.11 Theories of consciousness II (A. Needergard)
Here are the slides
Here is the recording.

3.12 Theories of consciousness III (A. Needergard)
Here is the recording.
Here are the slides.

10.12 Theories of consciousness IV (A. Nedeergrad)
Here is the theme for the third and last essay (again, max 350 words, send them to with "consciousness essay 3" in the subject field). Deadline, Monday 21.12, 5pm.
"In your opinion, is something missing in most current theories of consciousness, and why do you think so?"

Here are the slides
And here is the recording
Also, here are the email addresses of A. Nedeergard and J. Smallridge