'The Science of Consciousness' Conference | April 2-7, 2018

Dec 12, 2017

'The Science of Consciousness' Conference | April 2-7, 2018

Loews Ventana Canyon Resort - Tucson, Arizona  

Final Call for Abstracts – NEW Deadline:   JANUARY 2, 2018

The Science of Consciousness ('TSC') is an interdisciplinary conference emphasizing broad and rigorous approaches to all aspects of the study and understanding of conscious awareness. Topical areas include neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, language, biology, quantum physics, meditation, altered states, machine consciousness, the nature of reality, culture and experiential phenomenology. 

Held annually since 1994, the conference is hosted by the Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona, and alternates yearly between Tucson, Arizona and various locations around the world.


2:00 pm - 4:10 pm   
PLENARY 1 (PL1)   Consciousness and Psychedelics                                      
Robin Carhart Harris, Imperial College, London     
Jimo Borjigin, University of Michigan
Anil K. Seth, University of Sussex

8:30 am -10:40 am   
PLENARY 2 (PL2) Language and Our Inner Voice
Charles Fernyhough, Durham University      
Riny Huijbregts, Utrecht University   
Andrea Moro, IUSS School for Advanced Studies  

11:10 am - 12:30 pm   
PLENARY 3 (PL 3) Cognitive and Consciousness Enhancement Technology
Patti Maes, MIT Media Lab
Steven Gullans, Cleveland Clinic, Excel Medical Ventures  

2:00 pm to 4:10 pm    
PLENARY 4 (PL4) Neural Correlates of Consciousness: Where, When and How?    
George Mashour, University of Michigan                                           
Hakwan Lau, UCLA     
Uta Noppenay, University of Birmingham

THURSDAY - APRIL 5           
8:30 am - 10:40 am   
PLENARY 5 (PL5) Physics and Consciousness I
Lucien Hardy, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics      
Robert Alfano, City College of New York  
Christoph Simon, University of Calgary  

11:10 am - 12:30 pm   
PLENARY 6 (PL6) Language, Evolution and Consciousness
Noam Chomsky, University of Arizona                                              
Thomas Bever, University of Arizona      
Massimo Piattelli Palmarini, University of Arizona

2:00 pm -4:45 pm   
PLENARY 7 (PL7) Origin and Evolution of Life and Consciousness    
Steen Rasmussen, University of Southern Denmark, Sante Fe Institute      
Stuart Kauffman, Sante Fe Institute     
Sara Walker, Arizona State University
Bruce Damer, UC Santa Cruz 
FRIDAY - APRIL 6           
8:30 am - 10:40 am   
PLENARY 8 (PL8) Physics and Consciousness II    
George F.R. Ellis, University of Cape Town 
Anirban Bandyopadhyay, NIMS, Japan, IIIR, India

11:10 am to 12:30 pm    
PLENARY 9 (PL9) Keynote – The ‘Meta-Problem’ of Consciousness                 
David Chalmers, New York University

2:00 pm - 4:10 pm   
PLENARY 10 (PL10)    Idealism, Panpsychism and Pan-Protopsychism    
Deepak Chopra, Chopra Foundation, UCSD   
Hedda Hassel Morch, New York University
Stuart Hameroff, University of Arizona

SATURDAY - APRIL 7           
9:00 - 11:10 am    
PLENARY 11 (PL11) How Do Anesthetics Act to Selectively Prevent Consciousness?   
M. Bruce Maciver, Stanford University       
Robert Pearce, University of Wisconsin
Rod Eckenhoff, University of Pennsylvania
Travis Craddock, Nova Southeastern University

12:00 pm to 1:20 pm   
PLENARY 12 (PL12) Perceptual Integration and Disintegration        
Ladan Shams, UCLA      
Anthony Hudetz, University of Michigan 

2:30 pm - 4:40 pm  
PLENARY 13 (PL13) Artificial Intelligence and Machine Consciousness    
Paul Werbos, National Science Foundation    
David Hanson, Hanson Robotics 
Julia Mossbridge, IONS  
Sophia the Humanoid Hanson Robot

WORKSHOPS - (Optional)

MONDAY April 2 (Session 1) - 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Language, Evolution and Consciousness – T. Bever, N. Chomsky, M. Palmarini-Piatelli and others
Mapping the Field of Consciousness Studies – A. Combs
Inner Experiences High Fidelity – R. Hurlburt, E. Schwitzgebel
DEI East West Forum (part 1) P. Satsangi, V. Sahni and others

MONDAY April 2 (Session 2) – 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Philosophical Theories of Consciousness – R. Gennaro
Quantum Biology – J. Tuszynski, A. Bandyopadhyay, S. Hameroff, others
Consciousness, Pain and Addiction – T. Vanderah,  M. Ibrahim, A. Patwardhan, L. Ditmanson,
M. Zepprich, R. Gelb
Consciousness Hacking – J. Sanguinetti, M. Siegel
DEI East West Forum (Part 2)

TUESDAY April 3 (Session 3)  – 9:00 am – 12:30 pm  (morning session only)
Network Science and Consciousness -   U. Lee, A. Hudetz, G. Mashour, D. Pal
Free Will, Agency and Consciousness – P. Pylkkanen, J. Wallezek, G. Musser
Interfacing with Non-Ordinary States – P. Maes, J. Amores, A. Horowitz, MIT Media Lab
AI/Robotics, Paul Verschure, Hanson Robotics
Time and Consciousness – C. Montemayor, H. Atmanspacher and others

The Center for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona, Tucson                    
The Center for Consciousness Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

TSC 2018 Program Committee:
Chair:  Stuart Hameroff, Co-Chairs:  Tom Bever, George Mashour                                 
John JB Allen, Harald Atmanspacher, Abi Behar-Montefiore, Betsy Bigbee, Alvin Clark, 
Mary Peterson, Eve Isham, James Tagg, Erik Viirre, Nancy Woolf, Jay Sanguinetti, Paavo Pylkkanen   


Online Abstract Submission system. Standard and Student Rates Available.

Previous registrants who have TSC accounts may simply login to their accounts, fill out a badge request and continue to the abstract submission process or payment process.
New to TSC?   Click here and open a basic registration record.
Questions:   center@email.arizona.edu

Loews Ventana Canyon Hotel
Hotel Link Now OPEN  (Special rate for conference registrants only)
Early rate $109 night, based on availability, before February 17)  


JANUARY 2, 2018   General Conference Abstracts - Final Deadline
February 15 - Final Program and Abstract Revisions to Print 

Standard       $550
Students       $450
Workshops  $50-$75 – optional
Thurs. Dinner/Show $75 -optional

Tuesday Welcome Reception
All Plenary, Concurrent Sessions
Wednesday and Friday Posters/Demos / Evening Light Receptions
Saturday Closing Dinner Party  
Meditation, Yoga
The Hotel offers free shuttles to Sabino Canyon - www.sabinocanyon.com 

2018 Sponsors/Exhibitors/Advertisers:   center@email.arizona.edu

2018 Press:    Limited number - Please open registrations and email your requests
Abi Behar Montefiore, center@email.arizona.edu    |   http://www.consciousness.arizona.edu  
tel: 520-621-9317  |  +text: 520-247-5785

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