April 13, 2017. I have finished marking the final examinations and submitted the grades. Nineteen students wrote the exam, with a highest mark of 93% and an average grade of 75%. The class average for the final grade was 74% with a highest mark of 88%. Please let me know if you would like to have a copy of your final exam. I did not make any comments on them, but you can see what marks you got for what you wrote, and then you can discuss the exam with me if you have any questions. Have a great summer!
April 6, 2017. There will be an optional review session on Friday, April 7, 2017, at 4:30 p.m. in Room DL114. I will be present to answer any questions that you might have. Also, the following is a link to information about the consciousness conference that I mentioned in class: http://www.consciousnessconference2017.com/.
March 24, 2017. The final examination will be on Monday, April 10, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. in Room W174. There is a Practice Final Examination available in the "Resources" box on the left. The final examination will have the same format.
February 10, 2017. I have graded your homework assignments. Fourteen students completed the assignment with an average grade of 76% and a highest mark of 9.5/10. If you would like to get your graded essay back before the test, please come by during my office hours on Monday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Also, please note that the test on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 will be written in the Vitali Lounge Extension in the Wemple Building and not in our usual classroom.
January 12, 2017. The "Schedule and Homework Assignments" page now has the correct dates. Please note that the term test will be on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 during the class time.
January 4, 2017. A course outline, homework assignments, and grading criteria are now available in the resources box on the left. If you have a chance, read the first couple of chapters of Science as a Spiritual Practice for the first class.
July 4, 2016. The course outline should be available some time in December of 2016. The altered states selected topic that I have chosen for this year is: "Dreaming, Guided Daydreaming, Trance, Dissociation, Death, and Transcendent States of Consciousness in the Context of Self-Development." The required textbooks for the course are the following, all of which are available in the Western bookstore:
Barušs, I. (1996). Authentic knowing: The
convergence of science and spiritual aspiration. West Lafayette, Indiana:
Purdue University Press.
Barušs, I. (2007). Science as a spiritual practice. Exeter, UK: Imprint Academic.
Barušs, I. (2013). The impossible happens: A scientist’s personal discovery of the extraordinary nature of reality. Alresford, Hampshire, UK: Iff Books.
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