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TOWARD A SCIENCE OF CONSCIOUSNESS 2010, April 13-17, 2010, First Announcement and Call for Abstracts, Call for Pre-Conference Workshop Proposals

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Paul Brown <[log in to unmask]>

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Computer Arts Society <[log in to unmask]>, Paul Brown <[log in to unmask]>

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TOWARD A SCIENCE OF CONSCIOUSNESS 2010
April 13-17, 2010
Tucson Convention Center, Tucson, Arizona

Sponsored by:
The Center for Consciousness Studies,
The University of Arizona
http://www.consciousness.arizona.edu

The ninth biennial Tucson conference Toward a Science of Consciousness  
will take
place April 13-17, 2010 at the Tucson Convention Center in Tucson,  
Arizona. The
Tucson conferences are known for rigorous, inter-disciplinary  
approaches to
conscious experience. As in previous conferences, the program will  
include
Plenary and Keynote talks, Concurrent talks, Poster presentations, Art/ 
Science
demos and exhibits, Pre-Conference workshops, Side trips and Social  
events.

Session themes will include:

Brain default networks
Stimulus-independent thought
Mind wandering
Non-conscious processing
New technologies
Machine consciousness
Body consciousness
Self and Transformation
William James Centennial

Plenary and Keynote speakers will include:

John Bargh
David Chalmers
Karl Deisseroth
Henrik Ehrsson
Ben Goertzel
Malia Mason
Marcus Raichle
Jonathan Schooler
Robert Shulmer
Jeff Warren

A major focus for the conference will be the inter-related topics of
Stimulus-independent thought, Brain default networks, Mind wandering,  
and
Unconscious processing.

Historically, brain correlates of consciousness have been approached  
along
hierarchical sensory processing, arousal and response. However recent  
work on
conscious brain activity in the absence of sensory inputs reveals  
brain default
networks, or the brains dark energy.  How does this activity relate to
consciousness?  To internally generated states like meditation,  
fantasy or mind
wandering?  To global workspace theory?  Is hierarchical thalamo- 
cortical
activity necessary for consciousness?  Or can the processes underlying
consciousness self-organize through synchrony?

We are pleased to have the two major pioneers in brain default  
networks as
keynote speakers. Marcus Raichle and Robert Shulmer (separately) have  
opened
doors on hidden brain activities, but have different views on their  
relation to
consciousness.

Jonathan Schooler and Malia Mason have imaged brain activity moving  
through
default networks, and correlating with mind wandering.  John Bargh has  
explored
non-conscious processes governing behavior, free will and the boundary  
between
conscious and nonconscious processes. Karl Deisseroth has pioneered a  
new
technology of brain-interface.

Other plenary session themes will include Body consciousness, with  
Henrik
Ehrsson on conscious awareness of body, and prosthetic devices, and  
Machine
consciousness, with AI leader Ben Goertzel discussing a bubble of  
awareness in
computational systems.  Jeff Warren, author of Head Trip will give a  
first
person experiential presentation. Other Plenary sessions will include  
a William
James Centennial, and Self and Transformation.

In addition to Keynote and Plenary talks, Pre-conference Workshops,  
Concurrent
Talks, Posters, Art/Tech Demos, Social Events, and Side Trips will  
occur in the
Tucson conference tradition.

For Information see:     http://www.consciousness.arizona.edu/Tucson2010.htm

On behalf of the Program Committee - Toward a Science of Consciousness  
2010
Stuart Hameroff  - Co-chair
David Chalmers  - Co-chair
Bernard Baars
Anthony Freeman
Al Kaszniak
Christof Koch
Uriah Kriegel
Hakwan Lau
Marilyn Schlitz

Abi Behar-Montefiore, Manager, Center for Consciousness Studies,  
University of
Arizona - [log in to unmask]

TSC 2010 Conference Abstract Submission System will be available via  
the CCS
website after September 28, 2009 Schedule of Deadlines -- Tentative
December 1      Abstracts Due
January 5       Decisions
February 15     Early Registration Due
March 1        Final Abstract Edits Due

Call for Pre-Conference Workshop proposals
Toward a Science of Consciousness 2010
April 12-17, 2010
http://www.consciousness.arizona.edu

The ninth biennial Tucson conference Toward a Science of Consciousness  
will
occur April 12-17, 2010 at the Tucson Convention center, Tucson,  
Arizona. See
http://www.consciousness.arizona.edu

As in previous years, the opening Plenary session on Tuesday afternoon  
April 12
will be preceded by pre-conference workshops held in three 4 hour  
sessions
1) Monday April 12, 9 am to 1 pm
2) Monday April 12, 2 pm to 6 pm
3) Tuesday April 13, 9 am to 1 pm

The conference Plenary program opens Tuesday April 13 at 1:45 pm.

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 $75 for 4 hour workshops and $125 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.

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 (or attachment) directly to
[log in to unmask] Deadline for Workshop proposals is October  
20, 2009.
Submitters will be notified by November 15.

Sincerely,
Arlene 'Abi' Behar-Montefiore

Manager
Center for Consciousness Studies
University of Arizona
Dept. of Psychology
POB 210068 - 1503 E. University Blvd. Rm 312
Tucson, AZ 85721-0068 USA
http://www.consciousness.arizona.edu
TSC-Tucson 2010 April 11-17, 2010
Office/DL: 520-621-9317
Cell: 520-444-2813
Fax: 520-626-6416


====
Paul Brown - based in the UK July - Sept 2009
mailto:[log in to unmask] == http://www.paul-brown.com
UK Mobile +44 (0)794 104 8228 == USA fax +1 309 216 9900
Skype paul-g-brown
====
Visiting Professor - Sussex University
http://www.cogs.susx.ac.uk/ccnr/research/creativity.html
====

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