Write a research paper outlining whether there are any other ways to access the unconscious besides through its effects.

Choose ONE of the prompts below and develop an argument that thoughtfully addresses what it is asking. Strive for a critical, nuanced reflection of the issues involved and use careful analysis of evidence from the texts to back up your argument. Be sure to proofread your writing for clarity of expression, organization, and ideas. (That is, this should be polished, not a first draft.)
Your paper should be analytical rather than merely descriptive. You should have a defendable argument that you support by analyzing your chosen texts. Keep the focus of your argument narrow; your goal should be depth, not breadth. You must include close readings of passages from your sources; that is, observe and interpret how specific details in the text give insight into the issue in question. Pay extra attention to significant complications in how something is represented. This engagement with your source texts will help you write thoughtfully about the implications that arise from your interpretation and will enable you to address WHY what you observe is important within the framework of your argument.
Don’t save your thesis until the end. Instead, introduce it in the first paragraph and support it with analysis of direct quotations from the your sources throughout. Then draw larger conclusions based on your interpretations of the passages and issues in question. (See the guide to the academic essay on Canvas for more information.)
Try to consider the issues in question in your paper from different angles or perspectives (e.g. neurological and subjective, or philosophical and poetic, etc.)
The paper should be 2-3 pages long (thus a minimum of 2 full pages, double-spaced).
The paper needs to present your interpretation, not one that you found online or in other sources. Please include the CU Honor Code pledge at the beginning or end of your paper: On my honor, as a University of Colorado Boulder student, I have neither given nor received unauthorized assistance.
Papers are due via Canvas by 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, February 28
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Prompts:
For each prompt, choose any two sources we have read/viewed this semester so far to help you analyze the issue in question.
[Note: you don’t have to utilize the sources equally; this isn’t a comparative paper as such (though it can be, depending on how you approach your topic). For example, you might use one source as a primary source and one as a secondary source (e.g. Eternal Sunshine and the interview with Searle, respectively, to explore the ways the film suggests a sort of dualism).]
Consider a key issue in question in the so-called mind-brain problem. Why is there a problem at all? Or, how might you resolve or respond to the problem?
What is the self and/or what are key aspects of the self?
How does the unconscious (and/or subconscious processes) affect consciousness? Can we access the unconscious in any way besides through its effects? What does this tell us about conscious and unconscious activity?


Do we have free will? Why do we even ask this question? And what are the implications of our answer?
How do social cognition and social interaction shape consciousness and why is this important?
How key is memory to consciousness and the self? And/or how does memory work and why does this matter? What are the consequences of these issues?
How might we understand consciousness to go beyond the individual? What are the implications of such understandings?
How might one use fiction (written, film) or art to try to represent aspects of consciousness that are difficult to understand more objectively? And why might such representations be important? (You can address this question more generally, or you can focus in on specific representations.)

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