|| PH19510 |
|| CHAOS, COMMUNICATIONS AND CONSCIOUSNESS |
|| 2001/2002 |
|| Dr Andrew Evans |
|| Semester 2 |
|| Professor Neville Greaves, Mr Martyn Jones |
|| None - module is highly suitable for non Physics students |
|| None |
|| None |
| Course delivery
|| Lecture || 22 lectures |
|| Course work || /Tests || 30% |
|| Exam || 2 Hours end of semester examination || 70% |
Module objectives / Learning outcomes
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.
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?
Additional learning activities
Introductory skills for using the Internet and other electronic sources of information
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.
** Recommended Text
What is Life: Mind and Matter. Cambridge ISBN 0521427088
Virtual Reality. Mandarin ISBN 0671778978
The Communications Miracle: the telecom poineers from Morse to the Information Superhighway. Plenum ISBN 0306450429
Audio, Visual and Data Communication. McGraw-Hill ISBN 0077074270
Ever since Darwin. Penguin ISBN 0393308189
P. Teihard de Chardin.
The Phenomenon of Man. Fontana/Collins
Chaos. Abacus ISBN 043429554X
The Emperor's new mind. Vintage ISBN 0198519737
Chance and Chaos. Penguin ISBN 0140171088