Estonia, Tallinn

Know Thyself: On the Essence of the Human Mind

when 9 July 2018 - 13 July 2018
language English
duration 1 week
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 245

Despite centuries of advancements, the human mind still seems to be an unsolvable mystery in mainstream psychology today. One reason may be that modern psychologists still search for answers in the wrong place (usually in the brain).

In this course, another path is taken – a path grounded by continental European scholars between 1880 and 1950 (among them, Koffka, Werner, Vygotsky, Luria, and Anokhin). Picking up from where these scholars left off, we will go further and find answers to several interesting questions, among them: What is life? What is the mind? (We will also find that the mind is not in the brain, but rather emerges in the interaction of the brain and mental environment).

We will then dive deeper to discover that the nature of the human mind is qualitatively different from the minds of all other mental beings we know. We will endeavor to explain human consciousness, free will, and some other uniquely-human ways of being. And in the end, we will close by taking a closer look into how humans – even ‘thought being’ humans – can be very different depending on the stage of thought development available to them.

Course leader

Aaro Toomela is a Professor of Cultural and Neuropsychology at Tallinn University, Estonia. His research interests cover all main fields of psychology—cognitive, developmental, cultural, social, personality, biological, evolutionary, and applied—as well a

Target group

This course is suitable for students, specialists, or those interested in psychology, philosophy, and related fields.
A basic background in scientific psychology will be helpful, but is not required.

Course aim

Understanding the essence of the human mind with a possibility of formation of the structural-systemic world-view.

Fee info

EUR 245: Early-bird fee until March 31, 2018. Accommodation and meals are not included in the price.
EUR 295: Regular fee after March 31, 2018. Accommodation and meals are not included in the price.