Sapientia Lecture Series: Does Consciousness Disappear in Dreamless Sleep?

Lecture by ICE Fellow Evan Thompson

103 Thornton Hall

Consciousness is often said to disappear in deep, dreamless sleep. Evan Thompson argues that this assumption is oversimplified. There are good empirical and theoretical reasons for saying that a range of different types of sleep experience, some of which are distinct from dreaming, can occur in all stages of sleep, including deep sleep. These reasons also have important implications for the neuroscience and philosophy of consciousness, and they cast new light on older philosophical debates about dreamless sleep in classical Indian philosophy.

Free and open to all. Reception follows.
Co-sponsored by ICE and the Department of Philosophy. Part of the Sapientia Lecture Series, which is funded by The Mark J. Byrne 1985 Fund in Philosophy.