Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The 10th Biennial Toward a Science of Consciousness, April 9-14, 2012 (Tucson, AZ)

The full program has been released for the 2012 Toward a Science of Consciousness Conference, and aside from Deepak Chopra being featured, it looks like another very interesting year of plenaries and individual sessions.

ONLINE Registration

LINKS TO TSC 2012 ABSTRACTS
POSTERS by Session                                           
ART-TECHNOLOGY/HEALTH DEMOS by Session
PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

Toward a Science ofConsciousness is a biennial conference held since 1994 in Tucson, Arizona, and known for rigorous, interdisciplinary approaches to essential questions of how the brain produces conscious experience, the nature of reality and our place in the universe.

This year, Toward a Science of Consciousness will be held at the luxurious, eco friendly Loews Ventana Canyon Resort Hotel. An estimated 600 participants from around the world are expected for the program which will include Plenary and Keynote Talks, Concurrent Talks, Posters, Art Tech Health Demos, Exhibits, Social Events, Side Trips and Pre Conference Activities. The program is below; For further information and registration see www.consciousness.arizona.edu

CONFERENCE PROGRAM TIMELINE

TUESDAY APRIL 10   
1:45 pm to 4:10 pm, Kiva Ballroom
Conference Opening, Plenary 1: War of the Worldviews    
Deepak Chopra, Menas Kafatos, Leonard Mlodinow, Susan Blackmore

4:30 pm to 6:35 pm, Rooms TBA, Concurrent Sessions 1 to 8 
(1) Panpsychism and Neutral Monism
       Blamauer, Turausky, Rangarajan, Coleman, Wallace
(2) Higher Order Theories
       Weisberg, Gennaro, Delancey, Bernier, Sebastian
(3) Agency and Emotion
       Shepherd, Faw, Howard, Dow, Heavey
(4) Attention in Psychology and Neuroscience
       Dinis, Cheng, T, Noel, Carmel, Stevens
(5) First Person Methods and Phenomenology
       Hurlburt, Hough, Shear, Woodruff-Smith, Mangan
(6) Biology and Consciousness
       P. Sahni, Gupta, Harrington, Beran, Craddock, Adams
(7) Foundations of Quantum Mechanics
       Pylkkanen, Keppler, Atmanspacher, Theise, Awret
(8) Science of Meditation: Sharp, Bhamidipati, Bellomo, Roy, G.Weber

6:45 pm to 10:00 pm:  Opening Reception, Kiva Plaza

WEDNESDAY APRIL 11
8:30 am to 10:40 am, Kiva Ballroom
Plenary 2: Searching for Consciousness
Melanie Boly, Antonio Zadra, George Mashour

11:10 am to 12:30 pm
Plenary 3: Attention Without Awareness?
Robert Kentridge, Jesse Prinz

2:00 pm to 4:10 pm
Plenary 4: Fractal Consciousness   
Biyu Jade He, Peter Walling, Stuart Hameroff

4:30 pm to 6:35 pm, Rooms TBA, Concurrent Sessions 9 to16
 (9) Dualism and Modal Arguments
        Robinson, Boutel, Williford, Brown, Barker
(10) The Self and Unity
         Kobes, Horst, Corabi, Combs, Mudrik
(11) Extended, Embodied, and Social Consciousness
         Schlicht, Krueger, Seeman, Carruthers, Bruno
(12) Neural Correlates of Consciousness
          Keller, Xu, Tamori, Brogaard, Proulx
(13) Cross Modal Perception
         Seaberg, Coseru, T. Weber, Judge, L'Hote
(14) Evolution and Free Will
         Mohan, Markan, McVeigh, V Mathur, Lent
(15) Altered States of Consciousness
         Martin, Whitmarsh, Garcia Romeu, Peres, Jandial
(16) Science and Spirituality
          Klein, Delorme, P. Satsangi Sahni, Weidenbaum, R Satsangi
  
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Grand Ballroom Foyer
Poster Session 1 (Presenters TBA) (See Website)

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Room TBA
Art Tech Demos  (See website)
Taylor, Loeth, Gluck, Kostiner, Seaberg, Shapero, Foster, Day

7:00 pm to 9:30 pm, Room TBA
Consciousness Video games, 2nd Life
Gackenbach, Doyle, Murzyn, Garvey, Martin, Walters, Rubin

9:45 pm  Music and Comedy, TBA
Vanda Mikoloski, The Conscious Comic                                             
S. Whitmarsh, S. Nelson

THURSDAY APRIL 12
8:30 am to 11:00 am, Kiva Ballroom
Plenary 5: HOT NOT? Higher Order Thought
Ned Block, David Rosenthal, Hakwan Lau, Victor Lamme

11:30 am to 12:50 pm, Kiva Ballroom
Plenary 6  Keynote: Identifying The Brain's Awareness System: Lessons from Coma and Related States
Steven Laureys

(Afternoon Free; Side Trips: Sabino Canyon Hike, Biosphere 2, Jeep Tour,
Sabino and Mt. Lemmon Tour, Desert Museum and Old Tucson Studios, Self-Organized Workshops)

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm Conference Dinner, Flying V Restaurant

FRIDAY APRIL 13
8:30 am to 10:40 am, Kiva Ballroom

Plenary 7: Echolocation and Consciousness
Daniel Kish, Lore Thaler, Cynthia Moss
11:10 am to 12:30 pm, Kiva Ballroom

Plenary 8 Keynote 2: Feeling the Future
Daryl Bem
2:00 pm to 4:10 pm, Kiva Ballroom

Plenary Session 9:  The Explanatory Gap  
Kevin O'Regan, Anthony Jack, Philip Goff

4:30 pm to 6:35 pm, Rooms TBA, Concurrent Sessions 17-24
 (17) Phenomenal Concepts and Phenomenal Knowledge
          Pitt, Butler, Shargel, Sundstrom, Hellie*
(18) Philosophy of Perception   
          Farennikova, Arsenault, Olaguer, Knight, Kidd, Crutchfield*
(19) Foundations of the Science of Consciousness
         Molyneux, Kozuch, Mogi, Peressini, Marable *
(20) Disorders of Consciousness
         Suntharanganon, Fankhauser, Gusarova, Crosby, Gottschling
(21) Sleep Dreams
         Kahn, Gackenbach, Peimer, Glanzer, Murzyn
(22) Space, Time and Scale
         Maier, Bieberich, Dayal, Lloyd, Saroka,
(23) Education and Consciousness
         Sarath, Pappas, Mathur, Oved, Ahuja
(24) Nonlocality and Consciousness
         C. Brown, G. Schwartz, Moreira, S. Schwartz, Scott

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Grand Ballroom Foyer, Poster Session 2 (Presenters TBA) (See Website) 

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Room TBA, Health Demos
Baldwin, Alfaki, Brugnoli, Ilundain Agurazza, Graur, Trousdale

10:00 pm to 11:30 pm, Room TBA
Consciousness Poetry Slam, Zombie Blues, Talent Show 

SATURDAY APRIL 14
9:00 am to 11:30 am, Kiva Ballroom
Plenary Session 10: Time and the Brain
Moshe Gur, Eve Isham, Ronald Gruber, Geoff Lee *

12:00 am to 1:20 pm, Kiva Ballroom
Plenary Session 11: Consciousness and Hallucinogens
Katherine Maclean, Robin Carhart Harris
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*unconfirmed
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(Saturday afternoon Free, Self Organized Workshops,
Tennis Tournament, Hikes, Golf, book  early)

7:00 pm to ???, Saturday evening, Location TBA, End of Consciousness Party


PRE-CONFERENCE ACTIVITIES

MONDAY APRIL 9, 2012

Pre Conference Workshops

9:00 am to1:00 pm  
     Neuroscience of Music 
     Cross Modal Consciousness, Synesthesia
     Pranahuti Aided Meditation
     Survival of Consciousness After Death Hypothesis

2:00 pm to 6:00 pm      
     Exploring Frontiers of Mind Brain Relationship 1
     Cross Modal Consciousness, Synesthesia 2

MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2012 - FORUM

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Grand Ballroom
Forum on Eastern Philosophy and Consciousness
(Open to Conference Registrants)

MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2012    EVENING DINNER and WORKSHOP (ticket required)

5:30 pm to 7:00 pm, Kiva Plaza
 Dinner with Deepak Sunset Buffet

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Kiva Ballroom
Special Workshop Deepak Chopra MD, FACP
Consciousness: The Ultimate Reality


TUESDAY APRIL 10, 2012

Pre Conference Workshops

9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Functional Neuroimaging of (Un)Consciousness?                                 
Philosophical Overview of Theories of Consciousness
Quantum Consciousness
Exploring Frontiers of Mind Brain Relationship 2
Pranahuti Aided Meditation

1:45 PM, TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 2012, KIVA BALLROOM
PLENARY PROGRAM BEGINS

Exhibitors, Sponsors
Journal of Consciousness Studies
The MIT Press
Oxford University Press
India Society of Southern Arizona
DEI Dayalbagh Educational Institute
The Chopra Center
The Center for Consciousness Studies
YeTaDel Foundation


On behalf of Program Committee
David Chalmers 
Stuart Hameroff
Uriah Kriegel
Abi Behar Montefiore

CENTER FOR CONSCIOUSNESS STUDIES
Department of Anesthesiology
University of Arizona College of Medicine
University of Arizona Medical Center
Stuart Hameroff MD, Director
Abi Behar-Montefiore
www.consciousness.arizona.edu
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