[Humanist] 29.535 events: the science of consciousness

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 29, No. 535.
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        Date: Mon, 7 Dec 2015 18:51:33 +0000
        From: Center for CONSCIOUSNESS STUDIES <center at EMAIL.ARIZONA.EDU>
        Subject: Science of Consciousness -  Conference April 25-30, 2016 Tucson / Call for Abstracts

THE SCIENCE OF CONSCIOUSNESS http://consciousness.arizona.edu/

(Formerly, 'Toward a Science of Consciousness')

Second Announcement and Final Call for Abstracts-due 12/31/15

VIEW 2016 ConferenceTrailer <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJMYzeSwSGU&feature=youtu.be>

April 25-30, 2016 - Loews Ventana Canyon Resort-Tucson, AZ

After 23 years, the seminal conference 'Toward a Science of Consciousness' is now 'The Science of Consciousness'. But as consciousness cannot be observed, nor commonly defined, is there now a true 'Science of Consciousness'? Are we there yet?

We don't have definite answers, but do have directions and essential questions.

Is the brain a computer? Does it process or generate information according to 'integrated information', 'global workspace', 'predictive coding', 'scale-invariant dynamics', 'Bayesian probabilities', 'pre-frontal feedback' or 'synchronous oscillations'? Did consciousness emerge during biological evolution, and if so, when, where, and how? Is consciousness causal, or are we just 'along for the ride'? Will consciousness be reproduced through brain mapping, transhumanism and/or artificial intelligence?

Or does the brain 'tune into' and organize conscious precursors existing naturally in the universe? Will understanding of consciousness come through the quantum wavefunction, panpsychism, cosmology, or the very structure of spacetime geometry? Has consciousness been in the universe all along, and if so, did life and the brain evolve because of consciousness? What are the implications of either view on the nature of existence and treatment of mental and cognitive disorders?

These questions and many others will be debated, discussed, celebrated and argued during a weeklong gathering of scientists, philosophers, artists, meditators and interested people from 70 countries at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, a luxurious eco-lodge in the mountains just north of Tucson, Arizona.

The pre-conference workshop program is complete, the plenary speaker list is growing, and the social, entertainment and exhibit programs are taking shape. The abstract submission deadline for plenary, concurrent, poster and exhibit consideration has been extended to December 31. A preliminary Plenary Program will be announced in December. See below for themes, confirmed Plenary speakers, pre-conference workshops, social events and other information.

Psychologist, philosopher and 'father' of the science of consciousness William James wrote: 'to have a glimpse of what consciousness is would be the scientific achievement before which all others would pale.' Join us on the path to that first glimpse.

Themes and topics will include:

  *   Three Roads to Consciousness: 'GW', 'PC' and 'HOT'
  *   Moving From Correlates to Causes of Consciousness
  *   Machine Consciousness and Artificial Intelligence
  *   Origin and Evolution of Life and Consciousness
  *   Quantum Brain Biology
  *   Transcranial Brain Stimulation
  *   The Karl Pribram Session - Levels, Scale and Content of Consciousness
  *   Mechanisms of Anesthesia and Psychoactive Drugs

  *   Virtual Reality
  *   Consciousness and the Wavefunction
  *   End-of-life Brain Activity

Plenary speakers will include:

  *   Gyorgy Buzsaki, NYU Neuroscience Institute, New York
  *   Stanislas Dehaene, INSERM-CEA, Paris
  *   Stuart Kauffman, Institute for Systems Biology, Seattle
  *   Harmut Neven, Google
  *   Walter Freeman, UC-Berkeley
  *   Katherine Peil, Northeastern University, Boston
  *   Stuart Hameroff, University of Arizona, CCS, Tucson
  *   Terrence Deacon, UC-Berkeley
  *   George Mashour, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  *   Biyu Jade He, NYU Neuroscience/Radiology
  *   Anirban Bandyopadhyay, NIMS, Tsukuba
  *   Rudolph Tanzi, Harvard, Massachusetts General, Boston
  *   Deepak Chopra, Chopra Center, Carlsbad; UC-San Diego
  *   David Chalmers, NYU; ANU
  *   Henry Stapp, UC-Berkeley
  *   Christian Szegedy, Google
  *   Anil Seth, University of Sussex, Brighton
  *   Aaron Schurger, Ecole Polytechnique Federale, Lausanne
  *   Anthony Hudetz, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  *   Jimo Borjigin, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  *   Alison Gopnik, UC-Berkeley
  *   Dean Radin, IONS, Petaluma
  *   Jakob Hohwy, Monash University, Melbourne
  *   Alyssa Ney, UC-Davis


MONDAY Morning, April 25, 2016  9am-1pm

  *   Kant and the Conscious Mind
  *   Quantum Biology- Nature of Life
  *   Consciousness, Memory and Music
  *   DEI East-West Forum I
  *   Consciousness Versus Attention
  *   Altered State Healing In the Amazon
  *   Curriculum for Consciousness Studies
  *   Psi Research and Consciousness

MONDAY Afternoon, April 25, 2016  2pm-6pm

  *   Consciousness in Animals
  *   Naturalizing the Conscious Mind?
  *   Unity of Conscious Experience
  *   Designing a Conscious Robot
  *   Unity of Conscious Experience
  *   DEI East-West Forum, II

  *   Brain Stimulation
  *   Consciousness and the Arts I

MONDAY Evening, April 25, 2016  7pm-10pm

  *   How Your Conscious Mind Can Change Your Genes

TUESDAY Morning, April 26, 2016  9am-1pm

  *   Hot Topics in Cognitive Neuroscience
  *   Anesthesia Research and Consciousness
  *   Quantum AI and Machine Consciousness
  *   Philosophical Theories of Consciousness
  *   Walter Freeman Festschrift
  *   First Person - Third Person Perspectives
  *   Consciousness and the Arts II
  *   Complexity and Consciousness

TUESDAY through THURSDAY Mornings, April 26-28, 2016 7-8 am

  *   Tennis-Centrism
  *   Yoga/Meditation


  *   Club Consciousness / Hospitality Suite - Monday-Thursday 10:00 pm-midnight
  *   Welcome Reception - Tuesday April 26, 7:00-10:00 pm
  *   Dinner Under The Stars - Thursday April 28, 7:00-10:00 pm
  *   Poetry Slam/Zombie Blues/Talent Show - Friday April 29, 10:00 pm to midnight
  *   'End of Consciousness' Party - Saturday, April 30, 8:00 pm to ??

Conference Website  www.consciousness.arizona.edu<http://www.consciousness.arizona.edu/> Sponsors

Center for Consciousness Studies, The University of Arizona Center for Consciousness Science, The University of Michigan

Co-Chairs Stuart Hameroff

University of Arizona, Center for Consciousness Studies, Tucson

George Mashour

The University of Michigan, Center for Consciousness Science, Ann Arbor

Program Advisor

David Chalmers, New York University; ANU

Program Advisory Committee

  *   Harald Atmanspacher, ETH Zurich
  *   Brit Brogaard, University of Miami
  *   Hakwan Lau, UCLA
  *   Paavo Pylkkanen, Universities of Helsinki and Skovde
  *   Jay Sanguinetti, University of Arizona
  *   Marilyn Schlitz, IONS

Additional Cooperating Organizations

The Department of Anesthesiology, University of Arizona The Cognitive Science Program, University of Arizona Department of Psychology, University of Arizona

Society for Mind-Matter Research Dayalbagh Educational Institute

Swiss Biennial on Science, Technics + Aesthetics

Call for Conference Abstracts

Submitted abstracts will be considered for:

  *   Plenary talks (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday - 8:30a-4:10p (Thurs and Sat until 1:00 pm)
  *   Concurrents (Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - 5:00-7:00p)
  *   Poster Sessions / Art Tech Film Exhibits (Wednesday and Friday 7:00 -10:00p)


The Center for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona

center at u.arizona.edu<mailto:center at u.arizona.edu>           www.consciousness.arizona.edu http://www.consciousness.arizona.edu/

Abi Behar Montefiore
University of Arizona c/o Dept.of Anesthesiology
POB 245114, Tucson, AZ 85724-5114
tel. 520.621-9317  cell/text 520.247.5785
center at u.arizona.edu

The Science of Consciousness 2016
Apr 25-30 Tucson  2016

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