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Starting September 24, 2007:



For anyone interested in contemporary understanding of consciousness:


Consciousness: The Webcourse ---


Taught Dr. Bernard J. Baars and Dr. Katie McGovern. See personal page.

Sponsored by the University of Arizona, Center for Consciousness Studies, Tucson, Arizona.







To download the Syllabus, click here:




The course will be presented over the web, with weekly Lectures, audio files, Web Discussions, and Phenomenology Labs for experiential exploration. It will focus on evidence and theory about our conscious experience, embracing all three classical approaches:  Personal, Intersubjective, and Scientific.


To register, go to www.consciousness.arizona.edu.


Any questions? Please contact:  center@consciousness.arizona.edu


Additional textbook copies can be ordered via Oxford University Press. (B.J. Baars, 1997, In the Theater of Consciousness: The Workspace of the Mind.) Oxford page is here.  Used copies may be available on Alibris and similar sites.


Note: We are no longer recommending William James' Psychology: Briefer Version as additional reading (although it's a wonderful classic). Instead, we will provide selected quotations from James at various points throughout the course. That way we can provide a lot of historical and conceptual context for the James material. If you want that challenge, James' Principles of Psychology is available free at the York University History of Psychology website.





Discussion Groups: Will be presented via the University of Arizona system called D2L. You will receive registration emails.


For registered participants, you are welcome to download Readings here, including the first two chapters of the textbook.








A popular account is given in: In the Theater of Consciousness, the Workspace of the Mind

                                                        (Oxford, 1997)




Textbook for the WebCourse.









Newly published:


Baars & Gage (Eds) Cognition, Brain & Consciousness: An Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience.


From Elsevier, Inc./Academic Press.


 Textbook Links:












 For visitors interested in current research and teaching projects:


Baars et al publications (pdf downloads)

Demonstrations, brain images and experiments

Discussions, debates and new findings...

If you want to join a Conscious*Brain Web Seminar or WebCourse, please email me




Soon we will have a downloadable copy of my 1988 book, A Cognitive Theory of Consciousness (published by Cambridge University Press, but soon to be in the Google book domain). This book is widely cited as the source of Global Workspace Theory, a framework for scientific evidence about human consciousness. It is still the most complete statement of the theory.









I hope to use this wiki site for discussions, seminars, web links, and references.


Blog updates ...


Emerging questions, and maybe a few answers...


Working papers on Global Workspace Theory (GWT), and discussion of other efforts to try to understand one of the most intriguing mysteries in the biosphere ...



  • The brain basis of consciousness is now a lively frontier question. (See SCIENCE magazine, 2005)


  • GWT suggests some ideas for that search. Professors Stan Dehaene and Murray Shanahan, and their coworkers, have pursued varieties of "neuronal global workspace theory".  Jim Newman, before his tragic death, made important contributions. A number of others have provided ideas, questions, and challenges.


  • Parallel efforts are coming from a number of researchers. I will try to keep a list of links and references here.


  • Opportunities for you to participate ...



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