Odyssey: Mapping the Human Brain II: The Hard Question of Consciousness

The human brain is a complex network just like any other, and therefore one must understand its connections in order to get an idea of how it functions. This can be compared to the mapping of the internet, whose exact way of functioning remained somewhat of a mystery until it was approximately mapped and its connections understood. So instead of routers and network hubs, in this survey scientists are mapping individual neurons. Currently, the structural and topological outlines of this network are just beginning to be visualized and understood. The raw data for these maps comes from various forms of brain imaging, which can be thought of as a kind of remote sensing; the Google Earth of our inner world and of our consciousness. This course will give an introduction to the philosophical underpinnings and conceptual questions that have come to the forefront because of research in recent years. Students are not required to have taken the first part of the course to attend.

914.579.01 Homewood campus Thursday, April 6 to May 11, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Cost: $150 (six sessions)

JHU full-time faculty/staff are eligible for 80% tuition remission. You will be unable to register online and receive the discount. Contact 410-516-8516 for registration information.