Discussion Questions

  1. If someone were in a coma after an accident, and you wanted to better understand how “conscious” or aware s/he were, how might you go about it?
  2. What are some of the factors in daily life that interfere with people’s ability to get adequate sleep? What interferes with your sleep?
  3. How frequently do you remember your dreams? Do you have recurring images or themes in your dreams? Why do you think that is?
  4. Consider times when you fantasize or let your mind wander? Describe these times: are you more likely to be alone or with others? Are there certain activities you engage in that seem particularly prone to daydreaming?
  5. A number of traditional societies use consciousness altering substances in ceremonies. Why do you think they do this?
  6. Do you think attitudes toward drug use are changing over time? If so, how? Why do you think these changes occur?
  7. Students in high school and college are increasingly using stimulants such as Adderol as study aids and “performance enhancers.” What is your opinion of this trend?

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