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Toward a Science of Consciousness 2011 Brain, Mind and Reality
May 2-8, 2011 Aula Magna Hall Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
http://consciousness.arizona. edu/ TSC2011AnnouncCALLforABSTRACTS .htm
Toward a Science of Consciousness is an interdisciplinary conference emphasizing broad and rigorous approaches to the study of conscious awareness. Topical areas include neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, biology, quantum physics, meditation and altered states, machine consciousness, culture and experiential phenomenology. Held annually since 1994, the 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. Toward a Science of Consciousness 2011 will be held at Stockholm University, Aula Magna Hall, Stockholm, Sweden, May 2-8, 2011.
Nine recent developments related to the understanding of consciousness will be addressed: 1) Electromagnetic fields and massively coherent neuronal activities correlate with consciousness in the brain
2) Transcranial therapies aimed at brain fields and neuronal targets promise utility in various mental disorders
3) Neuronal activities: What sy! stems, l evels and collective functions are critical for consciousness: axonal firings, avalanches and ignitions, dendritic synchrony, macroscopic fields, complexity, intraneuronal processes? Will mapping the brain explain consciousness?
4) Anesthetic gases selectively erase consciousness and block coherent gamma synchrony EEG acting in a distributed array of dendritic proteins
5) Warm temperature biological quantum coherence and ballistic conduction in microtubules have rejuvenated quantum approaches to consciousness
6) Physics and cosmology are approaching the nature of reality, time and the place of consciousness in the universe
7) Libet backward time referral of subjective experience is now observed in mainstream neuroscience, perhaps accounted for by quantum physics
8) Surprising end-of-life coherent brain activity suggests a physiological correlate for so-called near death experiences
9) Eastern philosophy and secular spirituality accommodate quantum physics and cosmology
Speakers (preliminary list)
W. Jamie Tyler
Pim Von Lommel
Special Pre-Conference Workshop
Deepak Chopra Vedic approaches to consciousness
Monday May 2, 2011
Sessions, Themes and Speakers
1) Brain fields and coherence: Evidence and theory suggest brain electromagnetic fields and large scale coherent potentials, ignitions and avalanches correlate with consciousness and feedback on neuronal activities, bolst! ering lo ngstanding 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) 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 Wasserman, NIH, Transcranial magnetic stimulation for depression
3) Neuronal computation and brain simulation: What syste! ms, levels and specific brain activities are critical for consciousness: axonal firings, dendritic synchrony, macroscopic fields, complexity, intraneuronal processes, quantum states? Will mapping the brain explain consciousness?
Germund Hesslow, Lund, Complex spike timing Rafi Malach, Weizmann Institute, Neuronal ignitions
4) 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
5) Quantum biol! ogy: The role of quantum physics in consciousness has been d iscounted 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 in microtubules Jack Tuszynski, Alberta, Microtubule information processing capabilities
6) 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 Leonard Mlodinow, CalTech, Grand design (with Stephen Hawking) Paavo Pylkkanen, Helsinki, Bohm and the quantum universe
7) Time, precognition and consciousness: The 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 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?
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, Georg! e Washington, End-of-life brain activity Pim von Lom! mel, Arn hem, Near death experiences
9) Eastern philosophy, quantum physics and cosmology. Buddhism and Vedanta have much in common with quantum physics and cosmology. Is consciousness inherent in the universe?
Deepak Chopra, Chopra Center, Vedic approach to consciousness Tarja Kallio-Tamminen, Helsinki, Quantum physics and Eastern philosophy
In addition to Keynote and Plenary talks, the conference will feature Pre-Conference Workshops, Concurrent Talks, Poster Sessions, Art/Tech Demos, Social Events and Side Trips in the Stockholm tradition.
*Special Pre-Conference Workshop* Deepak Chopra – Vedic approaches to consciousness Monday May 2, 2011
TSC Stockholm 2011 Conference Abstract System will be available via the CCS website after September 20. A! ll Abstracts must be submitted via the online system. Accepted abstracts will be included in the conference program book and posted online.
Schedule of Deadlines:
Abstracts Due November 15
Decisions December 20
Registration January 5
Final Edits February 15
Pre-Conference Workshop Proposals: Proposals (500 words or less) should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org no later than October 25 (notifications by November 15) Workshops will be held in 4 hour sessions on Sunday May 1 and Monday May 2
Stuart Hameroff (University of Arizona)
Paavo Pylkkanen (University of Helsinki)
Christer Perfjell (Perfjell Wellness Center, Mind Event SA)
Deepak Chopra (Chopra Center)
Adrian Parker (University of Gothenburg)
Hans Liljenstrom (Stockholm University, Agora for Biosystems)
Annekatrine Puhle (University of Gothenburg)
Abi Behar-Montefiore (University of Arizona)