This page features a collection of the best resources on consciousness. To get started, simply choose the type of resource that best suits your learning style.
If you want a comprehensive overview of the idea of consciousness:
- Read the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on Consciousness. However, you should keep in mind that the Stanford Encyclopedia in often quite technical and this article may be difficult for beginners. It’s also quite long at around 19,000 words. Here’s a short excerpt that introduces the idea of consciousness:
“Perhaps no aspect of mind is more familiar or more puzzling than consciousness and our conscious experience of self and world. The problem of consciousness is arguably the central issue in current theorizing about the mind. Despite the lack of any agreed upon theory of consciousness, there is a widespread, if less than universal, consensus that an adequate account of mind requires a clear understanding of it and its place in nature. We need to understand both what consciousness is and how it relates to other, nonconscious, aspects of reality…”
If you’re looking for a somewhat shorter and more engaging introduction:
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While these resources are a great starting point, there’s only so much you can learn by using free online resources. If you want to learn more, check out this list of the Best Books on Consciousness
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