Principles of Awareness

What is awareness?

Is it a “default” state or is it cultivated? Can it improve performance and wellbeing? What role does technology play in promoting or hindering awareness? Is there an ethical framework for our capacity to be aware? And can self-awareness be linked to happiness?

The course is be set in an experiential learning environment where students explore various theories and methodologies around these questions. Students are required to keep an open lab book documenting their observations, and present them regularly during class sessions. The final project consists of evaluating and developing awareness tools, techniques and interfaces targeted towards performance and wellbeing.

Class meetings consist of practice, lectures and discussions with invited speakers. Some of the talks are open to the public, and the practice ranges from meditation to hacking.

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