Evolution of Consciousness

School of Consciousness and Transformation TSD 8225 3.00

Through art, literature, archaeology, and history, this course explores the evolution of human consciousness from its pre-human origins through the Neolithic and Paleolithic periods, through ancient history, and on down through the Renaissance to modernity and postmodernity. It will begin with the origins of the human mind as depicted in the writings of Merlin Donald and David Lewis-Williams, and continue with an inquiry into cultural and historical structures of consciousness with Jean Gebser, Ken Wilber, and Allan Combs. The course will be based in an ongoing dialogue and exploration of these topics on the Web, as well as requiring midterm and end-of-term papers.

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