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Fun Philosophy: What Is Consciousness? Zombies Help Us Explore Inner Space!

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Dr Pete PhD Earth Science Philosophy Geology
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There are many theories of Consciosness, but no one really knows how brains support our vivid experiences of the world. We use some fun thought experiements, like Philosophical Zombies and a bat's experiences, to enjoy exploring the mind.

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US Grade 7 - 10
To think and learn without realising it, because you are having fun! Students will become aware of the main theories of consciousness and why it seems so hard to explain. We will learn about some brain system functions and enjoy some of the best thought experiements used to help us gain insight into the main easily accessible issues. Students will understand the difference between Dualism and Physicalism and why it is important.
I have a PhD in Philosophy in this area and have taught this class many times - it's my favourite subject and I hope to make my students passionate about it too.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy is a well respected reviewed source of great introductions into all mainstream Philosophical Topics. There are also many relevant follow on references at the bottom of each article. Wikipedia is also a good starting point, but is obviously less reliable as it is not peer reviewed.

Primary Topics
On Conscioussness
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy - "Consciousness" - First published Fri Jun 18, 2004; substantive revision Tue Jan 14, 2014  - https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/consciousness/

On "Philosophical" Zombies
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy - "Zombies" - First published Mon Sep 8, 2003; substantive revision Tue Mar 19, 2019 - https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/zombies/


Secondary Topics
On Dualism vs Physicalism
https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/dualism/
https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/physicalism/

On Brains, Consciousness and AI
https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/consciousness-neuroscience/
https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/functionalism/
https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/computational-mind/



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I teach Earth Science and Philosophy on Outschool and am very passionate about the topics I teach. You can join any of my classes anytime. They do follow on from each other, but can also be taken as stand alone classes. 

I use the lecture-style... 
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$18

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50 min

Completed by 25 learners
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Ages: 12-17
3-12 learners per class

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