News for WS 2019/20

  Sep. 10th, 2019:

  New books in 2019

  1. The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World by Pedro Domingos
  2. Mind Wide Open: Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life by Steven Johnson
  3. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
  4. Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Max Tegmark

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
Place: Z995 (first meeting in room 1100)
Start: first meeting on 17.10.2019, 13:15

Target Audience

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


Englisch, participants should have a decent command of English language


on Thursdays, Room Z995 (first meeting in room 1100)

    Meeting 1:      13.15 - 14.45

    Meeting 2:      16:45 - 18:15

first meeting: 17. October 2019 (in room 1100)




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.  

We will read the following books during the winter term 2019/2020:

Books read in earlier seminars


  • On Intelligence by Jeff Hawkins
  • The Creative Mind: Myths and Mechanisms by Margaret Boden
  • Gut Feelings: The Intelligence of the Unconscious by Gerd Gigerenzer
  • This Is Your Brain on Music by Daniel J. Levitin
  • I Am A Strange Loop by Douglas R. Hofstadter
  • Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
  • Daemon by Daniel Suarez
  • Emergence by Steven Johnson
  • Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahnemann
  • Embodied Cognition by Lawrence Shapiro
  • Moral Machines by Wendell Wallach and Collin Allen
  • Last Ape Standing by Chip Walter
  • The Stories of Ibis by Hiroshi Yamamoto and Natsuki Lee
  • The Mating Mind by Geoffrey Miller
  • From Bacteria to Bach and Back by Daniell C. Dennett 
  • I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
  • Superintelligence: Paths, Danger, Strategies by Nick Bostrom
  • How the Body Shapes the Way We Think: A New View of Intelligence by Rolf Pfeifer
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari


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


The course will be administered in Moodle.