News for WS 2017/18

  Sept. 11, 2017: I initialized the website for the upcoming seminar during WS 2017/18.

  New books in 2017 (read 4 out of 6)

  1. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
  2. How the Body Shapes the Way We Think: A New View of Intelligence by Rolf Pfeifer
  3. From Bacteria to Bach and Back by Daniell C. Dennett
  4. I am a Strange Loop by Douglas R. Hofstadter
  5. Superintelligence by Nick Bostrom
  6. Change Agent by Daniel Suarez

see list further below incl. links to the books


Seminar Brain, Mind, and Cognition
Dozent: Klaus Diepold
Target Group: Students on the Master level
ECTS: 5 Credits
Contact Hours: 2 SWS
Turnus: Winter Term/Summer Term
Registration: Registration via TUMOnline
Final Registration during the first meeting
Number of Participants:: not limited
Time & Place: Z995 - Seminar room at LDV
Start: first meeting on 19.10.2017, 13:15

Target Audience

Elective Course for Students in a Masters degree program at TUM (e.g. MSEI, MSCE)


Englisch, participants should have a decent command of English language


Thursdays 13.15-14.45, Room Z995 (seminar room at LDV)
first meeting: 19. October 2017




The course attempts to motivate the participants to actively think about the topic "Brain, Mind & Cognition" stimulated by reading and discussing books on this topic.

The seminar is structured like a reading circle. The participants read a book on the subject of "Brain, Mind & Cognition. Every week the group meets and discusses the main points of the current book. To this end we use various forms of group discussion (speed-dating, fishbowl, world cafe, debate, etc.).  Besides this oral processing participants are also asked to put down their thinking in writing, i.e., in the form of short essays on what has been said in the book and what it means to the individual. Review of the submitted essays is done in a peer-review style, i.e., students are reviewing.

It is the goal of this course to read and digest information, to stimulate new thoughts as well as to improve the spoken and written communication skills. The books are supposed to be jargon-free, interesting or even popular books on the topic, which are mostly with only very limited amount of mathematical notation.  

I plan to read 4 of the 6 following books during the winter term 2017/2018:


Books read in earlier seminars


  • Jeff Hawkins: On Intelligence, Owlet Paperbacks, 2005.
  • Margaret Boden: The Creative Mind: Myths and Mechanisms, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1990. 
  • Gerd Gigerenzer. Gut Feelings: The Intelligence of the Unconscious, Penguin, 2008.
  • Daniel J. Levitin. This Is Your Brain on Music. Atlantic Books, 2008.
  • Douglas R. Hofstadter. I Am A Strange Loop. Basic Books, 2008.
  • Dan Ariely. Predictably Irrational, HarperCollins, 2010.
  • Daniel Suarez. Daemon, Dutton Adult, 2009.
  • Steven Johnson. Emergence, Penguin, 2002.
  • Daniel Kahnemann. Thinking Fast and Slow, Penguin, 2011.
  • Lawrence Shapiro. Embodied Cognition. Routledge, 2010. 
  • Wendell Wallach and Collin Allen. Moral Machines, Oxford University Press, 2010.
  • Chip Walter. Last Ape Standing, Bloomsbury, 2014.
  • Hiroshi Yamamoto, Natsuki Lee. The Stories of Ibis. Haikasoru/VIZ Media, 2011.
  • Geoffrey Miller. The Mating Mind. Anchor Books. 2001.



The final grading of the course is based on the peer review of the submitted essays. 



Link for guest students.