The Brain, Mind, and Consciousness (BMC) Society is an independent and passionate on-campus organization at University of California, Santa Cruz. Our purpose is to build a diverse network of students who are interested in contributing to stimulating conversation on topics pertaining to the brain, mind, and consciousness. We aspire to enlist established guest speakers from UCSC and other universities or organizations related to our innate human curiosities.
We perceive the traditional college course to be of a passive nature; a student sits, confined to a large lecture hall listening quietly as slides of information are presented. The model of education we abide by requires memorization and regurgitation of facts and theories while at times discouraging creativity. Establishing the foundation of our fields of study is important, however, at the BMC we aspire for more. By actively participating in our education, we can achieve levels of excellence never reached through just the mainstream model alone.
Another challenge we must overcome as students is caused by the lack of cohesion between the “hard” sciences and “soft” sciences. It is vital to hold a space for different fields of study to converge and coalesce, thereby attracting engaged students with clearly distinct intellectual pursuits, interests, and beliefs. Naturally, at times our ideas align non-harmoniously, however by listening with respect to each other––our educational experience becomes exponentially enhanced. Through the unity of our collective thought, we create an enlivening environment to learn, grow, and better our academic community.
Join and connect with us as to share our knowledge together. We welcome you to learn more about the BMC by visiting our archives of past meetings or come in person to one of our upcoming events.
With a warm and welcoming spirit,
David Shugar, President
Jessica Hodson, Vice President