CFP: Toward a Science of Consciousness 2014

Submission deadline: December 31, 2013

Conference date(s):
April 21, 2014 - April 29, 2014

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Conference Venue:

University of Arizona
Tucson, United States

Topic areas


Toward a Science of Consciousness is a rigorous interdisciplinary
conference covering neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, cognitive
science, artificial intelligence, molecular biology, medicine, quantum
physics, cosmology, art, technology, and experiential and
contemplative approaches to the understanding of consciousness. This
20th anniversary conference will reflect on progress, challenges and
future directions from an estimated 800 participants from over 60
countries. Program sessions will include plenary and keynote talks and
panels, concurrent talks, posters, art/science demos and exhibits,
pre-conference workshops, side trips, and social events in the Tucson

Plenary speakers will include

Susan Blackmore, Ned Block, David Chalmers, Karl Deisseroth, Daniel
Dennett, David Eagleman, Rebecca Goldstein, Stuart Hameroff, Christof
Koch, Henry Markram, George Mashour, Sam Parnia, John Searle, Petra
Stoerig, Giulio Tononi and many more.

Abstract Submission Deadlines

Final Abstracts are due no later than December 20th for plenary

All others: December 31 (Notifications by January 15)

General Conference Registration:

(Early registration by February 2)

The Plenary and full program will be announced in January, 2014.

Bhaumik Prize:

The first Bhaumik Prize in Consciousness Studies will be awarded for
significant research toward understanding consciousness. The award in
the amount of 10,000 dollars will be presented at the conference by
Dr. Mani Bhaumik.

Conference Sponsorships:

Bhaumik Foundation

The Chopra Foundation


Monday Morning, April 21, 2014 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Sleights of Mind: The Illusory Nature of Perception and Deception

Stephen L. Macknik our brain constructs - rather than reconstructs - the world we
see, featuring exciting, novel illusions by the best magicians of the
new millennium.

Microtubules and Quantum Biology

Jack Tuszynski, Travis Craddock, Anirban Bandyopadhyay, Stuart

...quantum vibrations in microtubules support the controversial Orch
OR theory, and provide a basis for EEG as beat frequencies of
intra-neuronal dynamics

Toward a Standardized Curriculum of Consciousness Studies

Leslie Combs, Jeffery Martin (and others TBA) to build, and receive institutional approval for college and
graduate level courses for a well-rounded course in consciousness

Nondual Awareness and the Unity of Consciousness: Experience and

Zoran Josipovic and Judith Blackstone

...contemplative experiences describe a unity transcending self-object

Neuroimaging reveals possible mechanisms for nondual awareness

DEI East-West Forum 1 (Full Day workshop)

East: P. Sriramam S. Roy, V. Sahni, A.K. Mukhopadhyay, B. D. Dhir,
P.S. Satsangi

West: R. Gennaro, J. Barrell, J. Tuszynski, P. Pylkkanen, S. Hameroff

...Eastern spiritual traditions and Western science converge in a
series of talks and discussions. Live 2-way video hookup with
Dayalbagh Educational Institute (DEI), Agra, India

Monday Afternoon, April 21, 2014 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Preserving Consciousness: How a Missing Science of Consciousness
Hobbles Life-Saving Medical Research

Kenneth Hayworth, Randal Koene, Max More

...the age old dream of preserving consciousness after bodily death is
bolstered by new initiatives in brain mapping, cryonics and other
technologies. Three authorities boldly face the challenges of mind

New Discoveries in Consciousness Science

Bernard J. Baars

...a survey of new developments regarding consciousness and coma,
brain stimulation, cognitive enhancers, sleep, emotion, oscillations,
brain hubs and global workspace theory

Perspectives in Philosophy & the Study of Dreaming

Jennifer Windt, Sascha Benjamin Fink

...first person introspection meets the science of dreams and spatial
navigation. Try the feelSpace belt to augment spatial orientation

Neuroscience of Music, Consciousness & Therapy

Alexander Graur does music relate to consciousness, and vice versa?
Applications of Music Integration Neurotherapy TM to mood, personality
and sleep disorders

Monday Evening, April 21, 2014 7:00-10:00 PM

The Reality Problem: Can Science Become Enlightened?

Deepak Chopra

...since the quantum revolution, the solid, tangible nature of reality
has been undermined. Nevertheless, Western science and philosophy
place the physical world as primary, with consciousness secondary. In
Eastern traditions such as Vedanta, the situation is reversed. Which
came first, consciousness or reality?

Monday Evening, April 21, 2014 6:30 PM- 10:30 PM

Brain Stimulation

W.J. Tyler (and others TBA)

...noninvasive brain stimulation includes transcranial magnetic,
direct current and ultrasound (TMS, tDCS, TUS). Applications for
neurological, psychiatric, cognitive enhancement and experiential
entertainment will be presented. Attendees are invited to a
post-workshop brain stim social at a nearby venue, sponsored by

Tuesday Morning, April 22, 2014 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

From Phenomenology to Consciousness and Back:

Integrated Information Theory (IIT) 3.0

Giulio Tononi

...IIT is based on phenomenological axioms and ontological postulates
(information, integration, exclusion, and compositionality) in which
an experience is an irreducible conceptual structure, allowing
quantified levels of consciousness in wakefulness, sleep, anesthesia,
and disorders of consciousness

Philosophical Theories of Consciousness

Rocco Gennaro, Josh Weisberg

...dualism e.g. substance dualism, property dualism, and
epiphenomenalism as well as nonreductive (but also nondualist) neutral
monism and panpsychism will be compared with materialist identity
theory, eliminative materialism, functionalism and

Quantum Cognition

Harald Atmanspacher, Peter Bruza, Peter beim Graben,

Paavo Pylkkänen

...cognition more closely follows quantum mathematical principles than
classical, e.g. non-commutativity, bistable perception, choice as
quantum state reduction, entanglement and complementarity.
Irrespective of quantum biology, do quantum principles account for

The Healthy Human Mind, Tibetan Lamas and The Science of the Stream of

Henry Vyner

...22 years of research and free healthcare amongst Tibetan lamas in
South and Central Asia indicate that the egoless mind is far healthier
than the egocentric mind, and generate a descriptive taxonomy of both
the egocentric and egoless stream of consciousness.

Expanded States Through Shamanic Wisdom

Francoise Bourzat

...while Western Psychology addresses dysfunction by strengthening the
ego and addressing psycho-emotional trauma, Shamanic methods seek to
unlock the unlimited potential of the psyche with expanded states of
consciousness based on preparation and integration

Theatre, Literature and Consciousness

Daniel Meyer-Dinkgräfe, Harry Youtt

...the experience of theatre and literature, encompassing both
creative and receptive processes, can be better understood on the
basis of consciousness studies. Conversely, subjective experience at
the core of theatre and literature can provide insights in
first-person approaches.

The Conference Opening Plenary Program will begin Tuesday afternoon,
April 22 at 1:45 pm

Special Experiential Workshop/Side Trip/Field Study

Wednesday Evening April 23, 2014, 6:30 - 11:00 PM, Tucson Mountain

Nightwalking- Peripheral Vision for Peak Experience

Nelson Zink, Petra Stoerig

...utilizing only peripheral vision to navigate - nightwalking can
lead to peak, or optimal experience. Nightwalking pioneer Nelson Zink
and blindsight neuroscientist Petra Stoerig lead a special workshop in
the Sonoran desert of Tucson Mountain Park. Buses leave at 6:30, and
return at 11:00 pm. (Note: This event is rigorous and challenging, and
participation is limited)

Side Trips

Thursday afternoon, April 24, 2014 1:00 - 6:00 PM

Mt. Lemmon-Sabino Canyon, The Santa Catalina Mts., and a Nature Walk
1:00-6:00 pm

10,000 Ft. above the desert floor, 5 climactic zones, and 30 degrees
cooler, lies Mt. Lemmon. Our trip up the Hitchcock Highway is like
traveling from central Mexico to Alaska. Desert scrubs plants to tall
ponderosa pines. A nature walk follows our journey up the mountain.
There is a mountain top community and a few shops

Desert Jeep Adventure 1:00 - 5:30 pm

The four wheeled open air jeep tour will lead you through some of the
most beautiful and rugged desert wilderness surrounding Tucson. Your
driver/guide will share with you all of the history and narrate thru
the cactus forests, canyons, washes and mountains that surround the

General Conference Sessions/ Schedule links

Pre-Conference Workshops

9:00 am Monday April 21 through 1:00 pm Tuesday, April 22.

Plenary sessions

1:45 pm Tuesday April 22 through 1:00 pm, Saturday April 26.

Concurrent sessions

4:30 pm to 6:35 pm on April 22, 23, and 25.

Poster sessions

From 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm on April 23 and 25.

Side Trips

During free afternoon Thursday April 24.

Conference Dinner

Thursday April 24, 6:30 to 11:00 pm, Skyline Country Club.

Additional social events

Welcome reception

April 22, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Arizona State Museum,

University of Arizona campus

Evening hospitality gatherings TBA

Poetry Slam/Zombie Bluesfest

April 25, 10:00 pm to midnight

'End-of-Consciousness' party

April 26, 7:00 pm to...xx, Gentle Bens Brewery

Program Co-Chairs

David Chalmers, Australian National University, New York University

Stuart Hameroff, University of Arizona

Conference Manager

Abi Behar-Montefiore, Center for Consciousness Studies, Assistant

Sponsored by

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Abstract Submission Deadlines

Final Abstracts are due no later than December 20th for Plenary

All others by December 31 (Notifications by January 15)

General Conference Registration:

Early registration by February 2)


For the first time, Toward a Science of Consciousness will be held at
the Marriott University Park Hotel, steps from the Main Gate of the
beautiful campus of the University of Arizona, near shops, restaurants
and pubs on University Boulevard. A special conference hotel rate of
$109 has been arranged and this rate is extended for 2-3 days pre/post
conference start/finish dates. See Links below.

Marriott University Park, 880 East 2nd Street, Tucson, AZ

TSC Conference, Booking Link TSC Group code Marriott U Park (lowercase
only): tsctsca

All Hotel reservations must correspond to a paid TSC Online Conference


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