April 22 – May 5, 2017
Professor of Philosophy, University of British Columbia
Evan Thompson is Professor of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. His research and teaching focus on cognitive science, the philosophy of mind, and cross-cultural philosophy, especially Asian philosophy in dialogue with Western philosophy and science. He is the author of Waking, Dreaming, Being: Self and Consciousness in Neuroscience, Meditation, and Philosophy (Columbia University Press, 2015), Mind in Life: Biology, Phenomenology, and the Sciences of Mind (Harvard University Press, 2007), Colour Vision: A Study in Cognitive Science and the Philosophy of Perception (Routledge Press, 1995), and co-author of The Embodied Mind: Cognitive Science and Human Experience (MIT Press, 1991/new expanded edition, 2016).
Sapientia Lecture Series
Does Consciousness Disappear in Dreamless Sleep?
April 26, 2017, 3:30 p.m., 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.
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