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Final 2016 Conference ProgramThe Science of Consciousness April 25-30, 2016, Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, Tucson, Arizona 

“To have a glimpse of what consciousness is would be the scientific achievement before which all others would pale.” - William James

Newswise — After 23 years, the seminal conference 'Toward a Science of Consciousness' is now simply 'The Science of Consciousness'. But as consciousness cannot be observed, scientifically explained, nor commonly defined, is there now truly a 'Science of Consciousness'? Are we there yet? We do have essential questions. Is the brain a computer? Does it process or generate conscious information as output?  When, where, and how did consciousness evolve? Can we have free will, 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 consciousness or its precursors existing naturally in the universe? What are the implications of either view on the nature of existence, and treatment of mental and cognitive disorders?

These and many other questions will be debated in a week-long gathering of 800 to 900 scientists, philosophers, artists, meditators and interested people from 50 countries at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, a luxurious eco-lodge in the mountains just north of Tucson, Arizona. The program will consist of Pre-Conference Workshops, Plenary talks, Concurrent talks, Posters and Exhibits, Social Events and Entertainment.

Sponsored by
Center for Consciousness Studies, The University of ArizonaCenter for Consciousness Science, The University of Michigan

Important LinksConference Trailer Video Link​
Conference WebsiteRegistration Link

Link to Abstracts

General Conference Sessions

Link to Plenary Abstracts            Speaker Bios-click on photos  TUESDAY, April 26, 20162:00 pm to 4:10 pm   PL 1 -Five Roads to Consciousness (1)Stanislas Dehaene, NSERM-CEA, ParisAnil K. Seth, University of Sussex, Brighton Stuart Hameroff, University of Arizona, CCS, Tucson

WEDNESDAY, April 27, 20168:30 am to 10:40 amPL 2 - Brain BiologyRudolph Tanzi, Harvard Medical School, Boston    Selen Atasoy, Brain and Cognition, UPF, BarcelonaAnirban Bandyopadhyay, NIMS, Tsukuba     

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2016 11:10 am to 12:30 pmPL 3 - Consciousness and Reality     Deepak Chopra, Chopra Foundation, UCSD   David Chalmers, Australian National University, NYU 

 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 20162:00pm to 4:10 pm PL 4 - Five Roads to Consciousness (2)Naotsugu Tsuchiya, Monash University, MelbourneRichard Brown, CUNY, Laguardia College, New YorkJakob Hohwy, Monash University, Melbourne 


THURSDAY, April 28, 20168:30 am to 10:40 amPL 5 - Conscious Intention and Free Will Aaron Schurger, École Polytechnique Fédérale, Lausanne  Panel – Time, Free Will and the Brain Ruth Kastner, University of Maryland 
Daniel Sheehan, University of San Diego
Ron Gruber, Stanford University 
Martin Nowakowski, Gdansk University
Matti Vuorre, Columbia University 
Julia Mossbridge, IONS

 THURSDAY, April 28, 201611:10 am to 12:30 pm PL 6 - AI/Machine Consciousness       Hartmut Neven, GoogleChristian Szegedy, Google 

FRIDAY, April 29, 20168:30 am to 10:40 amPL 7 - Quantum Approaches 1Henry Stapp, UC-BerkeleyKelvin McQueen, University of Tel AvivAlyssa Ney, UC-Davis

 FRIDAY, April 29, 201611:10 am to 12:30 pm PL 8 - Evolution and ConsciousnessTerrence W. Deacon, UC-BerkeleyKatherine T. Peil, Northeastern U, Boston

 FRIDAY, April 29, 20162:00 pm to 4:10 pm PL 9 - 'Pribram Session' – Brain Dynamics      Anthony Hudetz, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Walter J. Freeman, UC-Berkeley György Buzsáki, NYU Neuroscience Inst, NYC

SATURDAY, April 30, 20168:30 am to 10:40 amPL 10 - Scale and Connectivity       Alison Gopnik, UC-BerkeleyRobin Carhart Harris, Imperial College, LondonMartin Monti, Psychology, UCLA

 SATURDAY, April 30, 201611:10 am to 12:30 pmPL 11 - Quantum Approaches 2 Dean Radin, IONS, PetalumaStuart Kauffman, Institute for Systems Biology, Seattle 


SATURDAY, April 30, 20162:00 pm to 4:10 pmPL 12  - NCC 3 -Anomalous Conscious Experience  George Mashour, University of Michigan, Ann ArborJimo Borjigin, University of Michigan, Ann ArborPeter Fenwick, Kings College, Southampton

Tuesday April 26, Wednesday April 27, Friday April 29
5:00 to 7:30 pm

Link to Concurrent Abstracts  Concurrent Sessions  C1-C8​ Tuesday April 26, 2016   5:00 pm to 7:30 pmC1   Knowledge Argument, Explanatory Gap and Conceivability C2   Panpsychism, Idealism and Metaphysics 1C3   Agency and Mental CausationC4   Neural Correlate Of Consciousness (NCC) IC5   Quantum ApproachesC6   Time and ConsciousnessC7   Psi and Non-LocalityC8   Meditation and Technology Concurrent Sessions (C9-C16) Wednesday April 27, 2016  5:00 PM to 7:30 PM C9    Phenomenal ConsciousnessC10  Panpsychism, Idealism and Metaphysics 2C11  Agency and Free WillC12  The Extended MindC13  Neural Correlates of Consciousness 2C14  Vibrations, Scale and TopologyC15  Cellular and Intra-Cellular ProcessesC16  Meditation 2

 Concurrent Sessions (C17-C24) Friday April 29, 2016   5:00 PM to 7:30 PM C17 Metacognition and AgencyC18  Panpsychism, Idealism and Metaphysics 3C19  Unity and SelfC20  Ketamine and AnestheticsC21  Sleep and DreamingC22  Machine ConsciousnessC23  Quantum BiologyC24  Arts and Entertainment

POSTER SESSIONSPoster Session 1Wednesday April 27, 7:00 - 10:00 pmPoster Session 2Friday April 29, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Link to Poster Abstracts 
ART/TECH/HEALTH EXHIBITSSession 1Wednesday April 27- 7:00-10:00pm  Session 2Friday April 29 - 7:00-10:00pmArt-Tech DesignHealth Technology Exhibits and Vendors​

Link to Art-Tech Abstracts 

SOCIAL EVENTS•    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 – optional •    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??

Consciousness Central TVDaily roundup with speakers, guests, commentators and fun from The Science of Consciousness Conference, hosted by Nick Day and Cameron Keys

Pre-Conference Workshops April 25 and 26 (Optional)Workshop Descriptions and Speaker Bios – here

Monday-Saturday daily sessions7:00 am – 8:00 am Tenniscentric Approach to ConsciousnessThursday, April 28 Tournament 3:00 pm 

Full Day East-West ForumSponsored by Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Agra Monday April 25, 9:00am to 5:00pmThe East-West Forum is now a familiar feature at the TSC series of conferences, starting with TSC 2012 at Tucson, TSC 2r013 at DEI, Dayalbagh, India, TSC 2014 at Tucson again, and TSC 2015 at Helsinki, Finland. The Fifth East-West Forum at TSC 2016 will be yet another landmark integration effort as part of the TSC-series. The above quote rather prophetically captures these momentous events, when not just two strong men from East and West stand face to face, but in fact, two galaxies of strong men and women from East and West meet at Tucson, Arizona (USA) and Dayalbagh, Agra (India) also through video-conferencing.

Pre-Conference Workshops-Link to Descriptions

Monday Morning, April 25, 2016 9:00am-1:00pm     Consciousness versus Attention  PSI Research and Consciousness  Consciousness, Memory and Music  Curriculum for Consciousness Studies DEI East-West Forum   full day Kant and the Conscious Mind-Salon    Altered State Healing in the Amazon  Quantum Biology - Nature of Life

Monday Afternoon, April 25, 2016 2:00pm-6:00pmConsciousness in Animals Consciousness and the Arts, I  Designing a Conscious Robot  DEI East-West Forum, II  Naturalizing the Conscious Mind? Transformative Technology Unity of Consciousness

Monday Evening, April 25, 2016 7:30pm-10:00pm Super Genes – Can Consciousness Guide Evolution? (Deepak Chopra, Rudy Tanzi) 

Tuesday Morning, April 26, 2016 9:00am-1:00pmAnesthesia Research and Consciousness Complexity and Consciousness Consciousness and the Arts II    Hot Topics in Cognitive Neuroscience First Person-Third Person Perspectives Philosophical Theories of Consciousness  Quantum AI and Machine Consciousness Walter Freeman Festschrift

Conference OpeningTuesday April 261:45 Kiva

Co-SponsorsThe Center for Consciousness Studies, The University of ArizonaThe Center for Consciousness Science, The University of Michigan

Additional SponsorsDennis Balson Mani Bhaumik The Chopra Foundation Crystal Globe, ShanghaiAlvin J. ClarkRon Gruber Irwin Klee, Quantum Gravity Research Sofia UniversityYet-A-Del Foundation

Technology ExhibitorsDream WeaverNeuroelectrics
SoundsSelf Starlab
TruPhoneQuantum Gravity Research

Additional ExhibitorsJCS/Imprint AcademicCCS TUS StudyErfan Keyhani (Halgheh)

Additional Cooperating OrganizationsCenter for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona, TUS StudyCollege of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, University of ArizonaUA Departments of Psychology, Cognitive Science Program, PhilosophyDayalbagh Educational Institute Journal of Consciousness Studies – Imprint AcademicSociety for Mind-Matter Research Consciousness Central TVSwiss Biennial on Science, Technics + AestheticsHuman-Animal Interaction Research Initiative Transformative Technology LabPlanetary Science Institute

Advertising SupportJournal of Consciousness StudiesAmerican Psychological Association

PrizesHarmony Books /Penguin Random House HEADPenn OPRC KCUTWhole Foods Tucson

MusicDorian Electra and the ElectrodesMichael P and the Gully WashersTimbre Wolf

A/VCommotion Studios

Program CommitteeStuart Hameroff, Co-Chair, University of ArizonaGeorge Mashour, Co-Chair, University of Michigan Abi Behar-Montefiore, CCS, University of ArizonaHarald Atmanspacher, ETH ZurichBrit Brogaard, University of MiamiHakwan Lau, University of California at Los Angeles Paavo Pylkkanen, Universities of Helsinki and SkovdeJay Sanguinetti, University of ArizonaMarilyn Schlitz, Worldview Enterprises; IONSGino Yu, Hong Kong, Polytechnic Univ; SME Creativity Center

PressContact: center@email.arizona.eduAttn.: Abi Behar Montefiore

The Center for Consciousness Studies – Since 1994The Science of Consciousness (TSC) is the largest and longest-running interdisciplinary conference emphasizing broad and rigorous approaches to conscious awareness, the nature of existence and our place in the universe. TSC brings together perspectives, orientations and methodologies from neuroscience, philosophy, medicine, quantum physics, cosmology, biology, psychology, anthropology, artificial intelligence, technology, contemplative and experiential traditions, the arts, culture, humanities and others. Cutting edge, controversial issues are emphasized.

TSC 2016 marks the 23rd annual TSC Conference and we are thrilled to return to Loews Ventana Canyon. The TSC conferences are held in Tucson biennially since 1994, and co-sponsored TSC conferences occur elsewhere around the world in odd-numbered years, most recently in Helsinki, Finland in June 2015, organized by Paavo Pylkkanen, The University of Helsinki, and Skovde University, Sweden. Next year, the 24th conference, TSC 2017, will be held in Shanghai, China, co-sponsored by Crystal Globe, Shanghai, China. TSC 2016 and future TSC conferences are co-sponsored and organized by the Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona, Tucson, and the Center for Consciousness Science, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

History of TSCThe first TSC conference was held in 1994 in DuVal Auditorium at the University of Arizona Medical Center, and subsequently elsewhere in Tucson in even-numbered years. These have alternated with co-sponsored international TSC conferences in various locations around the world in odd-numbered years. The Center for Consciousness Studies (CCS) at the University of Arizona was established in 1998 by the Arizona Board of Regents. TSC and CCS are due to the work over the years of Al Kaszniak, David Chalmers, Jim Laukes, Jay Sanguinetti, Stuart Hameroff and the late Alwyn Scott, a co-founder of CCS. Since 2007, CCS and TSC have been successfully managed by Abi Behar-Montefiore, subsisting entirely on TSC conference registration fees and sponsorships. CCS is hosted in the Department of Anesthesiology in the University of Arizona College of Medicine, and Banner-University Medical Center.

Thank you to our international colleagues and friends whohelped make TSC alternate year conferences possible: 1995 Ischia, Italy; Chloe Taddei-Ferretti1997 Elsinore, Denmark; LO Skolen, Alwyn Scott1999 Tokyo, Japan; UN University, Mari Jibu, Kunio Yasue2001 Skovde, Sweden; University of Skovde, Paavo Pylkkanen2003 Prague, Czech Republic; Ivan Havel 2005 Copenhagen, Denmark; Morten Overgard2007 Budapest, Hungary; George Kampis2009 Hong Kong, China; Hong Kong Polytechnic, Gino Yu2011 Stockholm, Sweden; Christer Perfjell2013 Agra, India; Rev. Prof. PS. Satsangi; Vishal Sahni2015 Helsinki, Finland; University of Finland, Paavo Pylkkanen2017 Shanghai, China - tba


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