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TOWARD A SCIENCE OF CONSCIOUSNESS, May 2 to 8, 2011
Brain, Mind, Reality
Aula Magna Hall
The 18th Toward a Science of Consciousness conference will be held from May 2 to 8, 2011 at Aula Magna Hall, Stockholm. Known for rigorous, interdisciplinary and broad-ranging approaches to conscious experience, the 2011 Stockholm TSC conference will include Pre-Conference Workshops, Plenary and Keynote Sessions, Concurrent Talk Sessions, Poster Presentations, Technical Demos, Art Exhibits, Experiential Workshops, Book and Exhibitor Booths, Social Events and Side Trips in the Stockholm tradition. Held annually since 1994, the TSC conference is organized by the Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona, and alternates yearly between Tucson, Arizona and various locations around the world.
Program Highlights include a keynote address by esteemed physicist Sir Roger Penrose, a full-day workshop with celebrated author Deepak Chopra, and a public forum, Are Science and Spirituality Incompatible? Panel TBA.
Overview and Topic Areas
Keynote Speaker: Sir Roger Penrose, University of Oxford
Plenary speakers include (partial listing): Harald Atmanspacher, Anirban Bandyopadhyay, Mario Beauregard, Gustav Bernroider, Dick Bierman, Moran Cerf, Lakhmir Chawla, Deepak Chopra, Henrik Ehrsson, Peter Fenwick, Nicholas Franks, Sara Gonzalez Andino, Stuart Hameroff, Germund Hesslow, Anthony Hudetz, Menas Kafatos, Tarja Kallio-Tamminen, Rafi Malach, David McCormick, Johnjoe McFadden, Leonard Mlodinow, Dietmar Plenz, Sue Pockett, Paavo Pylkkanen, Padrinho Paulo Roberto, Allan Snyder, Jack Tuszynski, W. Jamie Tyler, Henrik Ullen, Pim van Lommel, Eric Wassermann, Paola Zizzi, and others.
Plenary Sessions: Plenary program opens: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 1:45 pm
Brain fields and consciousness; Consciousness in the universe; Quantum biology; Anesthesia and consciousness; End-of-life brain activity; Transcranial therapy of mental states; Time, precognition and consciousness; Neuronal activities and consciousness; Consciousness, reality and the universe; The varieties of religious experience
Pre-Conference Workshops (half-day sessions) TBA
Sunday, May 1 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Pre-Conference Workshop (full-day session)
Monday, May 2, 2011 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Deepak Chopra, MD
Vedic Approaches to Consciousness and Reality
Special Public Forum,
Monday May 2, 5:00-7:00 pm
Are Science and Spirituality Incompatible?
Plenary Sessions, Themes and Speakers to date Dates and Times TBA
1. Brain fields and consciousness: Evidence suggests brain-generated electromagnetic fields provide feedback on brain neuronal activities, bolstering long-standing electromagnetic field theories of consciousness.
David McCormick, Yale, Brain electric field feedback
Johnjoe McFadden, Surrey, Electromagnetic field theory of consciousness
Sue Pockett, Auckland, E-M field theory of consciousness
2. Consciousness in the universe: Is consciousness an epiphenomenal happenstance of this one particular universe among multitudes, as proposed in M-theory by Hawking and Mlodinow? Or are consciousness and intelligence intrinsic to the fabric of reality?
Deepak Chopra, Chopra Foundation, Vedic approaches to consciousness and reality
Leonard Mlodinow, Physicist and Author
Paola Zizzi, Padua, Consciousness in the early universe
3. Transcranial therapy of mental states: New therapeutic modalities based on brain stimulation aimed at conscious mental disorders include transcranial electric and magnetic fields and ultrasound vibrations. Mechanisms and utility in relation to consciousness and memory will be discussed.
Allan Snyder, Sydney, Transcranial electric fields for memory enhancement
W. Jamie Tyler, Arizona State, Transcranial ultrasound for mental disorders
Eric Wassermann, NIH, Transcranial magnetic stimulation for depression
4. Time, precognition and consciousness: The famous Libet experiments and parapsychology have long suggested backward time referral of subjective conscious experience of hundreds of milliseconds in the brain. Now such effects are unexpectedly seen in mainstream neuroscience. Can they be explained through quantum physics?
Dick Bierman, Amsterdam, Pre-sentiment
Moran Cerf, NYU/UCLA, Pre-cognition in human brain neurons?
Sara Gonzalez Andino, Geneva, Backward time referral in monkey amygdala
5. Anesthesia and consciousness: Anesthetic gases selectively erase consciousness and block high frequency gamma synchrony EEG while sparing non-conscious brain functions, acting by weak quantum forces in a distributed array of post-synaptic proteins
Nicholas Franks, Imperial College London, Anesthetic sites of action
Stuart Hameroff, Arizona, Hydrophobic quantum pockets in dendritic proteins
Anthony Hudetz, MC Wisconsin, Anesthetics and gamma synchrony
6. Quantum Biology: The role of quantum physics in consciousness has been discounted by the assumption that the biological brain is too warm and wet. But quantum coherence, entanglement and ballistic conductance have now been recognized in warm photosynthesis, DNA and microtubules.
Anirban Bandyopadhyay, Tsukuba, Ballistic conductance and quantum bits in microtubules
Jack Tuszynski, Alberta, Microtubule information processing capabilities
Gustav Bernroider, Salzburg, Quantum properties in ion channel proteins and their effect on neural signal segregation and perception
7. Neuronal activities and consciousness: Large scale coherence potentials, neuronal ignitions and avalanches correlate with consciousness. How is coherence mediated? What roles do dendritic synchrony, axonal firings, macroscopic fields, complexity and intraneuronal processes play in consciousness? Will mapping brain connections help explain consciousness?
Germund Hesslow, Lund, Complex spike timing
Rafi Malach, Weizmann Institute, Neuronal ignitions
Dietmar Plenz, NIH, Neuronal avalanches, coherence and criticality
8. Consciousness, reality and the universe: Does the conscious observer collapse the wave function? Is consciousness an emergent property of complex computation, or irreducible and intrinsically related to spacetime geometry? How did the universe arise from nothingness? What is entanglement?
Menas Kafatos, Chapman University, The holographic universe
Tarja Kallio-Tamminen, Helsinki, Quantum physics and Eastern philosophy
Paavo Pylkkanen, Helsinki, Bohm and the quantum universe
Harald Atmanspacher, Freiburg
9. End-of-life brain activity: Recent clinical studies report a surge of coherent, high frequency EEG at the time of human death, when neuronal metabolic supplies are depleted. Historically, nearly all civilizations have reported so-called near death experiences with remarkably consistent phenomenology. Have brain monitors captured the correlate of near death experiences?
Lakhmir Chawla, George Washington, End-of-life brain activity
Peter Fenwick, London, End-of-life conscious experience
Henrik Ehrsson, Karolinska, Induced out-of-body illusions
Pim van Lommel, Arnhem, Near-death experiences
10. The varieties of religious experience: Since William James, meaning, values, intentionality, feelings and imagery related to religious experience have been part of consciousness studies. Modern imaging reveals brain regions active during religious experience, and sacramental plants are used to promote spiritual states
Mario Beauregard, Montreal, Neuroscience of transcendent experience
Padrinho Paulo Roberto, Rio de Janeiro, Sacramental plants of Amazonia and religious experience
DATES TO REMEMBER – Stockholm TSC 2011
Abstract Submission Deadline: December 31, 2010
Notification: January 15, 2011
Registration Payments: online after 12/31
Hotel information: will be posted online
Sunday, May 1 Pre-Conference Workshops,
Session 1: 9 am to 12 noon; Session 2: 1 pm to 4 pm
Monday, May 2 Chopra Workshop, 9 am to 4 pm
Monday, May 2 Evening Forum, 5 pm to 7 pm
Tuesday, May 3 Plenary Opening, Welcome
Sponsors (partial list)
Perfjell Wellness Center
Center for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona
Mind Event AB
Agora for Biosystems
Schmid College of Science, Chapman University
Journal of Cosmology
The Monroe Institute
Journal of Consciousness Studies
Institute of Noetic Sciences
Organizing Committee (partial list)
Stuart Hameroff, University of Arizona, co-chair
Christer Perfjell, Perfjell Wellness Center, Mind Event AB, co-chair
Paavo Pylkkanen, University of Helsinki
Peter Århem, Karolinska Institute
Deepak Chopra, Chopra Center
Hartmut Neven, Google
Henrik Ehrsson, Karolinska Institute
Gustav Bernroider, University of Salzburg
Hans Liljenstrom, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Agora for Biosystems
Adrian Parker, University of Gothenburg
Annekatrine Puhle, University of Gothenburg
Etzel Cardena, Lund University
Alexander Moreira-Almeida MD, PhD (Brazil)
Nildson Alvares-Muniz, Uniceub- Centro Universitário de Brasília
Michal Gruberger, Tel Aviv University