Molecular and Cell Biology 90E, Section 1

Matter, Mind, Consciousness (1 unit, P/NP)

Professor David E. Presti
Thursday 2:00-3:00, 134 Dwinelle Hall, Class number: 26967

All we know comes to us via our mental experience: our thoughts, feelings, perceptions, and conscious awareness. However, it is a deep mystery as to how the physical processes of our brain and are related to the subjective experience of consciousness. Some argue that the investigation of this mind-body connection is the most profound question in all of science, impacting everything about who we believe we are and how we relate to the rest of what we call reality. We will address this question from the perspectives of psychology, biology, physics, and philosophy -- cognitive science, broadly defined.

Instructor Bio

David Presti has taught neuroscience at UC Berkeley for twenty-seven years. For the past fifteen years, he has also been teaching neuroscience to Tibetan monastics in India and Bhutan.

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Students interested in all areas of the arts, humanities, and sciences are encouraged to enroll.