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MA Philosophy part 1 free course icon

History & The Arts 

MA Philosophy part 1

The module will introduce you to graduate-level philosophy through the study of four varied and interesting areas: the beauty of nature; a classic text in Ancient Philosophy ? Plato's ; the nature of consciousness; and issues surrounding global justice. Your tutor will guide you through issues such as conducting independent research, and you will have ample opportunity to liaise with fellow-students online. There is also a comprehensive tutorial strategy that involves both tutors and module team authors. The module encourages independent thought and independent study using the huge range of online books and articles available via the OU Library. You can use this module to extend your studies in the subject, or to change to philosophy from another discipline.

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Freeing people caught between life and death article icon

Health, Sports & Psychology 

Freeing people caught between life and death

Terrible accidents can leave some patients locked-in: awake but unaware. Roger Highfield meets the people seeking ways to free them.

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Desert Island Discs at 75: An OpenLearn listening list audio icon

History & The Arts 

Desert Island Discs at 75: An OpenLearn listening list

This weekend, BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs celebrates its 75th anniversary. Join us for a rummage in the archives.

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10 mins
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OpenLearn Live: 28th April 2016 article icon

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OpenLearn Live: 28th April 2016

The chieftan who shaped the Zulu nation. Then more learning across the day.

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What can lucid dreaming teach us about consciousness? article icon

Health, Sports & Psychology 

What can lucid dreaming teach us about consciousness?

Some people can 'write' their dreams as they sleep - and this may give us some insight into how the brain works.

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The dog beyond the mirror: Experiments with dog consciousness article icon

Health, Sports & Psychology 

The dog beyond the mirror: Experiments with dog consciousness

Traditional mirror-based experiments might have sold dogs self-awareness short. New research using smell instead of sight suggests dogs might have self-consciousness.

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Do cephalopods have consciousness? article icon

Health, Sports & Psychology 

Do cephalopods have consciousness?

If we accept that some animals have consciousness, why should we extend that to include squid and octopus?

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Do any animals have consciousness? article icon

Health, Sports & Psychology 

Do any animals have consciousness?

Before arguing for cephalopod consciousness, the Cephalover explores arguments for any animals being conscious.

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Does it matter if an octopus has consciousness? article icon

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Does it matter if an octopus has consciousness?

Are cephalopods self-aware? More to the point, does it even matter? The Cephalover Mike Lisieski explains just why it's important.

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Can machines be human or would something be lost in the singularity? article icon

Society, Politics & Law 

Can machines be human or would something be lost in the singularity?

Would a future machine-stored consciousness lack the very things which makes people 'human'?

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Wales: Culture and identity audio icon

Society, Politics & Law 

Wales: Culture and identity

Wales is a vibrant nation with its own language, musical heritage and strong cultural identity. Central to this identity and a source of national pride, is rugby, which is deeply embedded in the national consciousness and explored in ‘Rugby and welsh identity’. Away from the sports pitch, this collection also looks at place and belonging, gender and race, nationalism and language, class, work, and political and cultural representation in Wales. This material forms part of The Open University course D172 Contemporary Wales.

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1 hr 15 mins
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Space, Time and Consciousness audio icon

Science, Maths & Technology 

Space, Time and Consciousness

Is space just another name for nothing? What is time and how does it relate to space? Will we ever understand the relationship between consciousness and the physical brain? Welcome to the world of The Open University’s Professor Russell Stannard where the big mysteries of the universe are made comprehensible and any possibility is considered in the name of science. This material is supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

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1 hr 45 mins
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