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|Semester Exam||1.5 Hours Written Examination||80%|
|Semester Assessment||Semester Assignment||20%|
|Supplementary Exam||1.5 Hours Written Examination||100%|
After taking this module students should be able to:
- Follow the development of ideas attempting to unravel the complexities of the natural world, from the deterministic universe to chaotic systems.
- Understand how human communication has evolved into today's global networks and the information superhighway.
- Relate the brain, the mind and consciousness to complex artificial entities and networks.
This module reviews the factors responsible for the recent global information explosion, funnelled through the world wide communications network, and includes an introduction to planning and the business environment. Against this backcloth the new science of Chaos is finding applications: from understanding the spread of disease, to modelling the dynamics of the Stock Market and replicating the topology of the snow flake. Communication and Chaos are the twin driving forces of intelligent life where they are finding a new foothold in meeting the challenge of putting consciousness into the arena. Much is known about the electricity in the mind but practically nothing about how this supports awareness and personal identity.
History of Telecommunications
Telegraphy and Telephony
Radio and digital signals
What is Chaos?
Examples of Chaos
Dynamics and Stability
What is consciousness?
Enabling technology for a scientific description of consciousness
Sceintific revolutions affecting human consciousness
Geography of the human brain
Psychology or information transfer?
Introductory skills for using the Internet and other electronic sources of information
Reading ListRecommended Text
D. Peterson Audio, Visual and Data Communication McGraw-Hill Primo search D. Ruelle Chance and Chaos Penguin Primo search E. Shroedinger What is Life: Mind and Matter Cambridge Primo search H. Rheingold Virtual Reality Mandarin Primo search J. Bray The Communicatrions Miracle: the telecom poineers from Morse to the Information Superhighway Plenum Primo search J. Gleick Chaos Abacus Primo search P. Teihard de Chardin The Phenomenon of Man Fontana/Collins Primo search R. Penrose The Emperor's Mind Vintage Primo search S. Jay Ever since Darwin Penguin Primo search
This module is at CQFW Level 4