Review Comment

[PSYC G4227] Philosophical and Empirical Issues in Consciousness

December 14, 2008

Lau, Hakwan
[PSYC G4227] Philosophical and Empirical Issues in Consciousness

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

I'm deeply suspicious of the scathing review of Dr. Lau. He is indeed a very highly regarded researcher and a Rhode Scholar. He is also young and enthusiastic. Making an appointment to discuss class material was never a problem; his door was always open.

Philosophical and Empirical Issues of Consciousness was a great class. Coursework was very light. Grades were generous and based to a large degree on effort. If you made the effort, you got a good grade. Because this class was a joint effort between Columbia's Psychology Dept and NYU's Philosophy Dept, we were given the option of either doing a 20 page term paper (for the philosophy students) or 4 short lit reviews of papers we discussed in class (for the psyc students). There were no exams.

Classes were really interesting (the class was taught in conjunction with Ned Block at NYU) and didn't require too much preparation (although the reading was heavy). Not too surprising considering it's a four credit graduate level class.

Unfortunately this may have been a one time seminar, but if you have the opportunity I would highly recommend taking Prof. Lau's other classes.


Very light, although there was a lot of background reading.

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