What Is This Thing Called 'Mind'?

Are you mystified about how we humans evolved into thinking creatures? How we perceive, experence, remember, think, invest and imagine? Do you ever wonder how such an intelligent creature as “Homo Sapiens” could make such a mess of the world? Then this course is for you. It explains in simple language the evolution and architecture of the mind and puts our fundamental problem – the conflict between our instincts and intelligence into the spotlight. Based on the author’s recently published book, we will learn that the key to this ultimate human enigma goes deeper than knowledge of the brain, and that an understanding of the kind of existence which we humans represent is the key to this enigma.


Course Tutor
Jurgen Lawrenz


Supplied Course Material
Course Booklet


Units & Pricing
6 units / $78 per person


Course Code for Enrolment
D217


Getting Started

  1. Start your Group: Anyone can start a Discussion Group – seek out some like-minded friends or put up a notice in your local library, bookshop or workplace. Please note a minimum of 6 people is required to start a new discussion group.
  2. Arrange the Meetings: New groups need to decide where and when to meet, and for how long – whatever best suits members' particular situations.
  3. Run your Group: Choose a secretary to liaise with WEA and your tutor, a Discussion Leader to chair meetings, a reporter to take discussion notes to send to your tutor, and maybe a librarian to look after the books.
  4. Start the Course: Contact WEA Sydney to enrol. Bookings can be made for one year, divided into two terms – Term 1 commences in February, Term 2 in July (Groups may make forward bookings for popular choices). Please indicate in what order your Group wishes to study the courses, if more than one course is booked.