Science of Consciousness Conference
April 2-7, 2018
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, Tucson  


Science of Consciousness Conference, Tucson 2018

PLENARY PROGRAM 2018 - Updated


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     


Cognitive and Consciousness Enhancement Technology

Patti Maes, MIT Media Lab

Steven Gullans, Cleveland Clinic, Excel Medical Ventures


2:00 pm to 4:10 pm       


Neural Correlates of Consciousness: Where, When and How?

George Mashour, University of Michigan

Hakwan Lau, UCLA

Uta Noppenay, University of Birmingham



 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


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  



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



9:00 - 11:10 am


How Do Anesthetics Act to Selectively Prevent Consciousness?

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




MONDAY April 2 (Session 1) - 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

  1. Language, Evolution and Consciousness Bever, N. Chomsky, M. Palmarini-Piatelli and others
  2. Mapping the Field of Consciousness Studies – Combs
  3. Inner Experiences High Fidelity – R. Hurlburt, E. Schwitzgebel
  4. DEI East West Forum (part 1) Satsangi, V. Sahni  and others

MONDAY April 2 (Session 2)– 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

  1. Philosophical Theories of Consciousness Gennaro
  2. Quantum Biology Tuszynski, A. Bandyopadhyay, S. Hameroff, others
  3. Consciousness, Pain and Addiction – T. Vanderah, Ibrahim, A. Patwardhan,
  4. Ditmanson, M. Zepprich, R. Gelb,
  5. Consciousness Hacking – Sanguinetti, M. Siegel
  6. DEI East West Forum (Part 2)

TUESDAY April 3 (Session 3) 9:00 am – 12:30 pm  (morning session only)

  1. Network Science and Consciousness -   Lee, A. Hudetz, G. Mashour, D. Pal
  2. Free Will, Agency and Consciousness – Pylkkanen, J. Wallezek, G. Musser
  3. Interfacing with Non-Ordinary States – P. Maes, J. Amores, A. Horowitz, MIT Media Lab
  4. AI/Robotics, Paul Verschure, Hanson Robotics
  5. Time and Consciousness – 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 Mashou

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.

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continue to the abstract submission process or payment process.

New to TSC?   Click here and open a basic registration record.

Questions:   [email protected] 


Loews Ventana Canyon Hotel

LOEWS - 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 - 


2018  Sponsors/Exhibitors/Advertisers:   [email protected]


2018 Press:    Limited number - Please open registrations and email your requests

Abi Behar Montefiore

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