April 25-30, 2016
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
Pondered since ancient times, the nature of consciousness remains deeply mysterious and profoundly important, its implications ranging across science, philosophy, art, spirituality, medicine, contentment, the meaning of existence and perhaps even human survival. We know what it is like to be conscious – to have awareness, a conscious ‘mind’, thoughts and feelings, but who, or what, are ‘we’ who know such things? How does the brain, a material object, produce the subjective nature of phenomenal experience – our mental ‘inner life’?
The modern science of consciousness began in the late 1980s with books on the topic by Nobel Laureates Francis Crick and Gerald Edelman, and British physicist Sir Roger Penrose. In 1994 the first ‘Tucson conference’, ‘Toward a Science of Consciousness’ was held at the University of Arizona in Tucson. It was an interdisciplinary gathering of neuroscientists, philosophers, psychologists, physicists, physicians, mathematicians, biologists, spiritualists and interested lay people from around the world. The conferences have continued, alternating between Tucson and elsewhere internationally, with TSC 2016 the 22nd annual meeting.
The Science of Consciousness (TSC) 2016 Conference is jointly sponsored by the Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona, and the Center for Consciousness Science at the University of Michigan, and will be held at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Arizona April 25-30, 2016. Some 700 people are expected for a week-long program of plenary and concurrent talk sessions, posters, art/tech demos, pre-conference workshops, recreation and social events including a welcome reception, conference barbecue and square dance, the traditional Poetry Slam/Zombie Blues/talent show, and closing ‘End-of-Consciousness’ party.
Please see the website <http://www.consciousness.arizona.edu/> for further details.