April 9-14, 2012

Loews Ventana Canyon Resort Hotel

Tucson, Arizona


Sponsored by:

The Center for Consciousness Studies,

The University of Arizona


Toward a Science of Consciousness (TSC) conferences have been held annually since

1994, alternating between Tucson, Arizona and other locations around the world. The

tenth biennial ‘Tucson Conference’, Toward a Science of Consciousness will take place

April 9-14, 2012.


Known for rigorous and leading edge approaches to all aspects of the study of

conscious experience, TSC includes neuroscience, cognitive science, artificial

intelligence, psychology, philosophy, neurobiology, medicine, quantum physics and

cosmology as well as art, mind technology and experiential and contemplative

approaches. TSC is the largest interdisciplinary gathering probing fundamental

questions related to conscious experience. An estimated 500 scientists, philosophers,

psychologists, experientialists, artists and students from over 60 countries are due to

take part.


For the first time, Toward a Science of Consciousness will be

held at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort Hotel in the Catalina Foothills above

Tucson, Arizona (with a special conference rate of 99 dollars/room/night). See:


Plenary/Keynote Session themes will include:

  • HOT or NOT: Debate on higher-order theories of consciousness
  • War of the Worldviews: Chopra and Mlodinow on consciousness
  • Consciousness and Echolocation
  • Fractal consciousness: Scale-free brain structure and dynamics
  • Retrocausality and consciousness
  • Searching for consciousness in coma and anesthesia


Speakers will include:


Daryl Bem

Ned Block

Melanie Boly

Deepak Chopra

Biyu Jade He

Daniel Kish

Victor Lamme

Hakwan Lau

George Mashour

Leonard Mlodinow

David Rosenthal

…and others


As in previous conferences, program sessions will include Plenary and Keynote talks,

Concurrent talks, Posters, Art/Science demos and exhibits, Pre-Conference workshops,

Side trips and Social events in the Tucson conference tradition. For Information see:


Abstract Submission


TSC 2012 Conference Abstract Submission System is now open. Abstracts

considered for Plenary, Concurrent, Poster and Art/Tech Demo sessions



Schedule of Deadlines — Tentative

December 10 Abstracts Due

January 5 Decisions

January 15 Early Registration Due

March 1 Final Abstract Edits Due


Call for Pre-Conference Workshop proposals

Toward a Science of Consciousness 2012

April 9-14, 2012


Proposals for pre-conference workshops are invited in all areas related to

understanding conscious experience. Workshops provide in depth, detailed

treatments of various methodologies, perspectives, reviews and approaches.

Workshops may be solo presentations, or include two or more presenters.

Attendance fees are $60 for 4 hour workshops and $80 for full day workshops,

split evenly between presenter(s) and the conference which provides the room,

A-V, promotion/advertisement and refreshments. A minimum number of registrants

will be required.


The conference Plenary program opens Tuesday April 10 at 1:45 pm.

The pre-conference workshops will be held in three 4 hour sessions

1) Monday April 9th, 9 am to 1 pm

2) Monday April 9th, 2 pm to 6 pm

3) Tuesday April 10th, 9 am to 1 pm


Workshop presenters (up to 2 per workshop) also receive free registration for

the conference. Please submit a 500 word (or less) abstract/summary and

presenter information by email directly to

[email protected]


Deadline for Workshop proposals is November 1

Submitters will be notified by November 15


On behalf of the Program Committee – Toward a Science of Consciousness 2012.

David Chalmers, Australian National University, Co-Chair

Stuart Hameroff, University of Arizona, Co-Chair

Uriah Kriegel, University of Arizona

Hakwan Lau, Columbia University

Marilyn Schlitz, Institute of Noetic Sciences

Heather Berlin, Mount Sinai Medical Center

Jonathan Schooler, University of California, Santa Barbara

Melanie Boly, University of Liege

Moran Cerf, UCLA/NYU

Abi Behar-Montefiore, conference manager, [email protected]



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

Arizona – [email protected]








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