Conference Announcement and Program Update


June 5-10, 2017

San Diego hosted by Center for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona, Tucson AZ

Newswise — Consciousness defines our existence, but its scientific nature remains unknown. How does the brain produce consciousness, and how does consciousness causally affect brain processes? Is consciousness equivalent to computation? What are the best empirical theories, and do we have free will? How and when did consciousness evolve, or has it been present in the universe all along? What are the origins of moral and aesthetic values, and how can mental and cognitive function be optimized? Can consciousness persist after bodily death, e.g. through 'uploading' to machines, or via mental processes tied to the structure of reality? These and other relevant questions are approached through many disciplines including brain science, philosophy, physics, cosmology, the arts and contemplative practices.

'The Science of Consciousness' ('TSC') is the world's largest and longest-running interdisciplinary conference on all aspects of the nature of conscious awareness, feelings and existence. TSC began in 1994 at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, and returns to Tucson in even-numbered years, alternating with TSC conferences around the globe (Italy, Denmark, Japan, Hungary, Hong Kong, Sweden, Czech Republic, India and, most recently, Helsinki, Finland in 2015). The conference will consist of Plenary talk sessions, Concurrent talk sessions, Posters, Technology, Art and Health Exhibits, Social Events, Entertainment, Pre-Plenary Workshops and Satellite Excursions. Abstract submissions are invited through February 1, 2017 for consideration for Plenary and Concurrent Talks, Posters, Exhibits and Workshops.

For information, registration and abstract submission see


'Pre-Plenary' Workshops are Monday June 5 and Tuesday morning June 6.

The TSC Opening Ceremony and Plenary Program begin Tuesday afternoon, June 6 at 2:00 PM

Workshops are included in Conference Registration.

Monday June 5, Pre-Plenary Workshops Session 1

9 am to 1 pm

1. DEI East-West Forum 1

2. Quantum Brain Biology

3. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Consciousness

4. Consciousness and the Arts Session 2

2 pm to 6 pm

1. DEI East-West Forum 2

2. Brain Stimulation/Consciousness Technology

3. Consciousness and Chinese Medicine

4. Creativity and Non-Computability in Man and Machines Monday Evening Special Program

8 pm to 10 pm

1. Memory and Creativity Demos and Competition

2. Consciousness Musical Review

10 pm to midnight

1. 'Club Consciousness'

Tuesday, June 6

Pre-Plenary Workshops Session 3

9 am to 1 pm

1. Language and Consciousness

2. Deepak Chopra - 'The enlightened brain'

3. Current Topics in Philosophy of Mind

4. David Bohm Centennial

5. Consciousness in Business Models


Tuesday June 6, 2017

2:00 to 2:20 pm - Opening Ceremony

Plenary Session 1

2:20-5:00 pmAI / Can Machines Be Conscious?

5:00 - 9:00 pm - Opening Reception and Party - Light Dinner

5:00-10 pm Technology, Art, Health Exhibits, Demos, Posters Memory and Creativity Competition

10:00 to midnight - 'Club Consciousness'

Wednesday June 7, 2017

Plenary Session 2

8:30 to 10:40 am Consciousness and Asian Philosophy Plenary Session 3

11:10 am to 12:30 pm Physics and Consciousness (1): Memristors in the Brain? Plenary Session 4

2:00 to 4:40 pm Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation Technologies

5:00 pm to 10 pm Technology, Art, Health Exhibits, Demos and Posters Memory and Creativity Competition

6:00 to 9:00 pm Concurrent talk sessions

10:00 pm to Midnight 'Club Consciousness'

Thursday June 8, 2017

Plenary Session 5

8:30 to 10:40 am Language and Consciousness (1) Plenary Session 6

11:10 am to 12:30 pm Consciousness and Physics (2) - Spin and Memory Plenary Session 7

2:00 to 4:40 pm Idealism and Panpsychism

7:00 to 10:00 Conference Dinner Banquet (optional)

10:00 to Midnight, Club Consciousness

Friday June 9, 2017

Plenary Session 8

8:30 - 10:40 am Consciousness and Neuroscience Plenary Session 9

11:10 am to 12:30 pm Language and Consciousness (2) Plenary Session 10

2:00 to 4:40 pm Theories of Consciousness

5:00 to 10 pm Technology, Art, Health Exhibits, Demos and Posters Memory and Creativity Competition

6:00 to 9:00 pm Concurrent talk sessions

10:00 pm to midnight Consciousness Poetry Slam, Talent Show and Zombie Blues Saturday

June 10, 2017

Plenary 11

9:00 to 11:10 am Consciousness and Evolution Plenary 12

11:40 am to 1:00 pm East West Dialogue Plenary 13

2:30 to 5:10 pm Consciousness and Physics 3 - Vibrations and Frequencies Closing Ceremony

5:10 to 5:20pm

8:00 to 9:00 pm Finals - Memory and Creativity Competitions

9:00 to ?, End-of Consciousness Party

LINKS REGISTRATION FEES General Conference Registration: $500 Student Registration: $250 (ID required) REGISTRATION PAYMENT LINK - tba EXHIBITOR/SPONSOR Opportunities are available. Options from $1800 - $5000 for booths Premium Sponsor opportunities available. U.S. Abi Behar Montefiore Assistant Director, Center for Consciousness Studies [email protected] (520) 247-5785