Consciousness: we take it for granted, but beyond the simple dichotomy of "awake" and "asleep" lies a vast terrain of provocative and strange states of consciousness that challenge our notions of what it means to be a "self" in "reality." Using literature and works of psychology, philosophy, and anthropology, we'll look at consciousness from a wide range of angles. We'll travel with aboriginal people in Australia in "dreamtime," read the stories of those in the throes of mind-altering substances, conduct our own month-long meditation experiment, and examine dreams and hypnotic states, all in order to explore what consciousness is and what it means.


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