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Consciousness and Cognition

University of Pisa
9 days
Full time
Summer / Short course
Scholarships available

Program description

Consciousness and Cognition

The enigma of Consciousness is perhaps the most fascinating mystery in the Universe. There are many hypotheses, on the basis of which we try to give an answer to the most difficult of problems but, wanting to schematize, all can be traced back to two broad categories: those that they recognize to the Consciousness an intrinsic existence independent, at least in part, from its physical substratum and those who instead consider the Consciousness entirely reducible to the electro-chemical-physical processes that take place in the brain. Whereas the latter fit well into the so-called Scientic Materilism, the former lead to a dualistic vision of Reality in which the external world obeys the laws of Physics and the internal one requires a different level of analysis.
The path in search of the solution winds between these two alternatives and passes through the answer to two fundamental questions:
1) "Is Scientic Materialism capable of embracing the totality of Reality?"
2) "Is a unitary vision of Reality possible in which Consciousness is not completely reducible to its neuronal correlates?"
In the absence of definitive and widely shared answers to these two questions, the study of consciousness and of the process through which we have cognition of the Reality must be fronted with a multidisciplinary approach that includes not only the neurosciences, but also biology, articial intelligence, the philosophy of science and epistemology.
A space has to be reserved to two disciplines that are apparently very different, but that, on the contrary, show very surprisingly, some convergencies: the Quantum Physics, and the contemplative practices. While the first constitutes the most advanced approach to the study of the physical world which also extends to phenomena that take place at the nanoscopic level in biological tissues, the latter allow one to explore in a profound and accurate way the aspects of the problem that are not accessible with objective methods and that concern the first-person experience.
For these reasons, the School will be organized in such a way as to explore the enigma of Consciousness from different points of view, with the participation of teachers who are experts in all these disciplines.
The School will take place in a residential form, thank to a Convention with University of Pisa, at Lama Tzong Khapa Institute, 35 Km from Pisa, renowned for the excellent quality of its study programs of Buddhist philosophy and psychology.

The program will be activated both on campus and online.

Admission requirements

Graduate Students and Scholars interested in multidisciplinary studies concerning the new Science of Consciousness, psychologists and psychotherapists.

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Scholarships & funding

University of Pisa offers two scholarships corresponding to a total tuition fees waiver.
Thanks to the cooperation with public and private partners, more scholarships could be available in the coming weeks.
All the admitted applicants will be automatically considered for the scholarship.
Selection criteria are based on the GDP of the applicant's country of origin and the CV.
Scholarships will be awarded and communicated to the recipients soon after the application deadline (June 15).
Payment of tuition fees will be requested to all other participants that have not beed awarded the scholarship, by the strict deadline of July 15, 2021.

Tuition fees

Tuition fee: 250 euro.

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Summer Courses & Master Programs at University of Pisa, Italy

Established in 1343, the University of Pisa is an internationally-renown public institution, ranking among the top eight Italian universities and top 300 universities world-wide. The university has 20 departments with many high-level research centers, such as: Agriculture Astrophysics Computer science...

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Why study at University of Pisa

Founded in 1343, the University of Pisa is one of the most prestigious universities in Italy. Famous alumni of the University include Galileo Galilei, 3 Nobel prize winners and 2 Fields medalist.It is amongst the top 3 universities in Italy (ARWU).Nowadays the University of Pisa represents a prestigious modern center for teaching and advanced research.Pisa offers international students the unique opportunity to study and experience the richness of Italian history and culture in a beautiful and stimulating environment. Famous across the world for the Leaning Tower, almost all of its departments are located in the heart of the city. Its strategic geographical location, the international airport and the excellent rail connections offer the possibility of weekend trips to other parts of Italy and Europe.

The Foundation Course

A one-year programme taught exclusively in English, which bridges the gap between High School and University studies and it equips students with the appropriate academic grounding for an Italian degree at the University of Pisa.This programme is aimed at International students who have 11 or 10 years of schooling and have successfully completed High School and at American students who have not taken Advanced Placement (AP) courses during the last year of High School nor have attended 2 years of College

Summer Schools

Intensive academic courses for international students and also for graduates.They mostly last from 1 to 6 weeks and take place in an international context, with students and lecturers coming from various parts of the world and all lectures delivered in English.They are characterized by nonconventional teaching formats (workshops, tutorials, excursions, cultural events, business testimonials, etc.) and a multidisciplinary approach. Professors are experts in their areas and have a keen interest in what they do.Summer Schools meet strict academic regulations: each grants at least 3 ECTS credits and the participants who successfully pass the final exams will receive an official academic transcript.

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University of Pisa

Lungarno Pacinotti 43
56126 Pisa

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