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November 19, 2003
Can Science Explain Consciousness?
What is consciousness? Is there a neurobiological basis for consciousness? Is conscious will an illusion? In early April, many of the world's leading consciousness researchers will gather in Tucson for four days to explore how science might be able to answer these elusive questions.
Tom Ray, in a plenary session with Alexander Shulgin and Franz Vollenweider, will share his thoughts on how mapping receptor space will lead to a clearer understanding of the chemical architecture of the mind and perhaps consciousness itself.
Other esteemed speakers include:
-David Chalmers, University of Arizona
-Anthony Freeman, Journal of Consciousness Studies
-Christof Koch, California Institute of Technology
-Marilyn Schlitz, Institute of Noetic Sciences
-Daniel Dennett, Tufts University
-Roger Penrose, Oxford University
-Steven Pinker, Harvard University
-Ned Block, NYU
-David Leopold, Max Plank Institute
-Janet Metcalfe, Columbia University
-Alva Noë, UC Santa Cruz
-Ron Rensink, UC Berkeley
-Wendy Shields, University of Minnesota
-Daniel Wegner, Harvard University
Topics to be discussed include:
--Neural Plasticity and Synesthesia
--Pathways of Visual Consciousness
--How do Hallucinogens Affect Consciousness?
--Is There Metacognition in Animals?
--Ethics and the Brain
(I can't wait for the discussion over the sticky neuroethical issue brought up by Richard Glen Boire on the Right to Erase One's Memory.
See you there.
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