December 27, 2009

Toward a Science of Consciousness 2010

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socSecond Announcement and Call for Abstracts

Toward a Science of Consciousness, April 12-17, 2010
Tucson Convention Center, Tucson, Arizona

Abstract Submission Deadline December 31, 2009


Notification by January 10, 2010

Sponsored by The Center for Consciousness Studies, The University of Arizona

The ninth biennial Tucson conference Toward a Science of Consciousness
will take place April 12-17, 2010 at the Tucson Convention Center and Hotel
Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. Known for rigorous, inter-disciplinary
and broad-ranging approaches to conscious experience, the Tucson
conference will again include Pre-Conference Workshops, Plenary and Keynote
Sessions, Concurrent Talk Sessions, Poster Presentations, Technical Demos, Art
Exhibit, Experiential Workshops, Side Trips, Social Events, Book and Exhibitor
Booths, and for the first time, late night Club Consciousness.

Keynote Speakers

Antonio Damasio – The Conscious Self
Karl Deisseroth – Circuits of the Mind
Marcus Raichle – Brain Dark Matter – Default Networks
Robert J. Sawyer – Consciousness in Science Fiction
Robert G. Shulman – Brain Energy Supports the State of Consciousness

Plenary Sessions

William James Centennial
Default Networks
Machine Consciousness and the Singularity
Mind Wandering/Stimulus-Independent Thought
Body Consciousness
Multimodal Experience
Consciousness Transformation
Theories of Consciousness

Plenary speakers will include

Bernard J. Baars
David Chalmers
Frederique DeVignemont
Patricia Lynn Duffy
Henrik Ehrsson
Ben Goertzel
Sid Kouider
Malia Mason
Dharmendra Modha
Casey O’Callaghan
Jonathan Schooler
Barry Stein
Eugene Taylor
Cassi Vieten

Pre-Conference Workshops – April 12 and 13, 2010
Tucson Convention Center and Hotel Arizona

Monday April 12
9 am to 1 pm

Lucid Dreaming – Theory and Practice
Stephen Laberge

Selective attention
Christof Koch

Western Introspectionism
Eric Schwitzgebel, Russell Hurlburt

Transforming Consciousness: Personal Mythology, Neuroscience,
and Organizational Culture (Part 1 – Part 2 Monday afternoon)
Frank Echenhoffer, Stanley Krippner, Sunil Ahuja, Stacey Sterling

Research on Psychedelics Moves into the Mainstream. How to Use Psychedelics
Wisely and Well (Part 1 – Part 2 Monday afternoon)
James Fadiman, Thomas B. Roberts

Biofeedback, Mindfulness and Consciousness: An Interactive Approach
Keya Maitra, Connie Schrader

Monday April 12, 2 pm to 6 pm

Voices, Visions, Dreams, and the Limits of Consciousness: Explaining Anomalous
Neurological Phenomena Through the Work of Julian Jaynes
Brian McVeigh, Marcel Kuijsten

Imaging and fMRI analysis of Transcendental Meditation
David Hubbard, Alarik Arenander

Neural Basis of Suppression, Repression and Dissociation
Heather Berlin, Michael C. Anderson

A Victorian’s Guide To Consciousness: James, Myers, and The Fin De Siecle
Gang – Then and Now (Part 1) Stanley Krippner, Arthur Hastings, Allan
Combs, Pim Van Lommel, Adrian Parker, Jonathan Bricklin, Gary E. Schwartz

Update on Microtubules and Quantum Biology (Part 1)
Jack Tuszynski, Stuart Hameroff, Travis Craddock, Anirban Bandyopadyay, Gustav Bernroider, Nancy Woolf

Psychedelics in Mainstream Part 2

Transforming Consciousness Part 2

Yoga Asanas as Tools for Transforming Consciousness
Siegfried Bleher

Tuesday Morning April 13, 9 am to 1 pm

Experimenting with endogenous experience
Abraham Zangen, Talma Hendler

New Evidence for Conscious Global Broadcasting in the Brain
Bernard J Baars, Katie McGovern

Why Synesthesia Matters: Art, Science and Spirituality
Sean Day, Patricia Lynne Duffy, Carol Steen, Maureen Seaberg (Moderator)

Philosophical Theories of Consciousness
Josh Weisberg, Uriah Kriegel

Update on Microtubules and Quantum Biology (Part 2)

Victorian’s Guide Part 2

Imperience: Effecting Self-Transformation through Pranahuti Aided Meditation
K. Madhava, K. Mannur, S. Bhamidipati, B.S. Murty, N.V. Raghava Rao, W. Zeng

Social Events

Tuesday April 13, 2010, 7 pm – 10 pm
Welcome Party, Hotel Arizona

Tuesday April 13, 2010, 10:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Club Consciousness I, Leo Rich Theater
Jeff Warren – The Wheel of Consciousness

Wednesday April 14, 2010, 10 pm – 11:30 pm
Club Consciousness II, Club Congress (Hotel Congress)
Stand-up Consciousness Comedy/Music

Thursday April 15, 2010, 6 pm – 10 pm
Conference Banquet
Westin La Paloma Hotel and Resort

Friday April 16, 2010, 10 pm – 11:30 pm
Club Consciousness III, Leo Rich Theater
Poetry Slam, Zombie Blues, Talent Show

Saturday April 17, 2010
End-of-Consciousness Party – Saturday April 17, 2010, 8 pm till..??
Maynards at the Depot

Hospitality Suite
Hotel Arizona, Location and times TBA

Side Trips

Thursday afternoon, April 15, 2010
For details and exact times see

Sabino Canyon Nature Walk and Tram Tour

Desert Jeep Adventure

San Xavier Mission and Historic Tucson Tour

Mt. Lemmon, The Santa Catalina Mountains and Nature Walk

Contact: Abi Behar-Montefiore, Manager, Center for Consciousness Studies,
University of Arizona

Conference Program Committee
Stuart Hameroff – Co-chair
David Chalmers – Co-chair
Bernard Baars
Anthony Freeman
Al Kaszniak
Christof Koch
Uriah Kriegel
Hakwan Lau
Marilyn Schlitz

TSC 2010 Conference Abstract Submission System is OPEN

Schedule of Deadlines — Tentative

December 31 Abstracts Due
January 10 Decisions
February 15 Early Registration Due
March 1 Final Edits/Abstracts Due

Toward a Science of Consciousness 2010
April 12-17, 2010
Plenary program opens Tuesday April 13 at 1:45 pm

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