University of Southern California

USC Neuroscience

Consciousness Study Group

The Consciousness Study Group seeks to answer this question: can people from diverse disciplines have a productive discussion on the scientific study of consciousness? It is a journal club founded in a spirit of cosmopolitanism. We seek as broad a range of viewpoints as possible. What is the right way to think of consciousness? Is there a right way? Can students of neuroscience, psychology, linguistics, physics, philosophy, theology, cinema, etc., contribute fertile new ideas to studying consciousness? In the past, we've had meetings on: the nature and timing of free will; the difference between brains and computers; why describing consciousness is like describing magic; and causality from a cognitive vs. a Buddhist point of view. This is mysterious stuff! We try to make progress by respecting the mystery.

Contact: Kingson Man for more details and to join the mailing list.