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A Course in Consciousness

A Course in Consciousness



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A Course In Consciousness, Changed my life
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 A Course inConsciousness
Part 1: Quantum theory and consciousnessPart 2: The metaphysics of nondualityPart 3: The end ofsufferingand the discovery of our true nature
Stanley SobottkaEmeritus Professor of PhysicsUniversity of VirginiaCharlottesville, VA 22904-4714
Permission is granted to copy and distribute freely. Changes in content are not permitted. Please cite thiswebsite (http://faculty.virginia.edu/consciousness
A Course in Consciousness
Table of contents
(With last update date)Summary: A Dialogue in Consciousness (July 21, 2007)Foreword (July 13, 2007)
Part 1. Quantum theory and consciousness
Preface to part 1 (April 12, 2000)Chapter 1. The three major metaphysical philosophies (September 30, 2007)1.1. The assumption of objective reality, a necessity for survival and for science?1.2. Materialism, the philosophy that all is matter, or at least, all is governed by physical law1.3. Cartesian dualism, the philosophy that both matter and mind are primary andirreducible1.4. Idealism, the philosophy that mind is all and all is mind1.5. The teaching of nonduality1.6. The distinction between Consciousness, Awareness, and mind1.7. What is Reality not?Chapter 2. Classical physics from Newton to Einstein (September 30, 2007)2.1. The scientific method2.2. Newton’s laws and determinism2.3. Thermodynamics and statistical mechanics; entropy and the direction of time2.4. Electromagnetism2.5. Waves2.6. RelativityChapter 3. Quantum physics from Planck and Einstein to Bohr, Heisenberg, de Broglie, andSchrödinger (September 30, 2007)3.1. The beginning of quantum physics by Planck and Einstein3.2. The development of quantum mechanics by Bohr, Heisenberg, de Broglie andSchrödinger3.3. Uncertainty and complementarityChapter 4. Waves and interference, Schrödinger’s cat paradox, Bell’s inequality (October 6,2007)4.1. Waves and interference4.2. Schrödinger’s cat paradox4.3. Bell’s theorem, the Aspect experiments, and the nonlocality of realityChapter 5. Conscious mind and free will (September 30, 2007)5.1. What are the characteristics of conscious mind?5.2. Extraordinary abilities of the mind5.3. The unity of the human mind
25.4. The unconscious mind5.5. Is there a test for consciousness?5.6. Can a machine be conscious?5.7. What seem to be the effects of consciousness?5.8. When and how does a child begin to perceive objects?5.9. The experiments of Libet, et al., and their implication for free will5.10. Free will as the possibility of alternative action5.11. The origin of the belief in free will5.12. Is free will necessary for our happiness?5.13. Freedom as subjectivity5.14. If there is no free will, how do things happen?5.15. Speculations on the future in deterministic and probabilistic universesChapter 6. What does quantum theory mean? (June 21, 2007)6.1. The interpretation problem6.2. The orthodox interpretation6.3. What can make a measurement in the orthodox interpretation?6.4. Wavefunction reduction in the orthodox interpretation; the forward direction of time6.5. Nonlocality in the orthodox interpretation6.6. Hidden-variables models6.7. The many-worlds interpretation6.8. The similarity between the orthodox and many-worlds interpretations6.9. The astonishing implications of the nonlocality of consciousness6.10. The
subjective interpretation of quantum theory
Part 2. The metaphysics of nonduality
Preface to part 2 (October 19, 2007)Chapter 7. An interpretation of quantum theory according to monistic idealism (June 22, 2007)7.1. The physics of monistic idealism7.2. Schrödinger’s cat revisited7.3. The world in idealism7.4. The quantum-classical brain7.5. Paradoxes and tangled hierarchies7.6. The first identification: The appearance of sentience7.7. The second identification: The appearance of the "I"7.8. Further discussion of the unconditioned self, the ego, and freedom7.9. The disappearance of the ego. The experience of freedom from bondage7.10. Critique of Goswami's modelChapter 8. Transcendental realms (May 23, 2007)8.1. Similarities between the different transcendental realms8.2. The meanings of the transcendental realmsChapter 9. Perception (October 26, 2007)9.1. A review of the physics9.2. What is the perceived?9.3. Who is the perceiver?

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