Can Neuroscience Explain Consciousness?

Society for Neuroscience Satellite Symposium
Organized by Consciousness Studies at The University of Arizona
Sponsored by the Fetzer Institute

Saturday, October 25, 1997, 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Room 54
New Orleans, Louisiana

Can neuroscience explain consciousness? To address this question, The University of Arizona has sponsored conferences "Toward a Science of Consciousness" in 1994 and 1996 (and to be held again in 1998). The university has also sponsored other activities in collaboration with the Journal of Consciousness Studies, and with expert guidance by an international committee ( With support from the Fetzer Institute, we offer a satellite symposium which we hope will become an annual gathering.

2:00 pm - 3:50 pm, Conscious Vision

Chair: David Chalmers, Philosophy, University of California, Santa Cruz

Wolf Singer, Neurophysiology, Max Planck Institute, Frankfurt
"Cortical oscillations and visual consciousness"

Petra Stoerig, Institute of Physiological Psychology, University of Dusseldorf
"Phenomenal vision and qualia"

Tony Movshon, Center for Neural Science, New York University
"Brain mechanisms of perceptual judgement"

3:50 - 4:10 pm Refreshments

4:10 - 6:00 pm Can Neuroscience Explain Consciousness? Panel Discussion

Chair: Alfred Kaszniak, Psychology, Neurology and Psychiatry, University of Arizona

David Chalmers, Philosophy, University of California, Santa Cruz
Rodolfo Llinas, Physiology and Neuroscience, New York University Medical Center
Mortimer Mishkin, Laboratory of Neuropsychology, National Institute of Mental Health
Stuart Hameroff, Anesthesiology and Psychology, University of Arizona

For further information on Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona, contact Jim Laukes, Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona Extended University, PO Box 210158, Tucson AZ 85721-0158; phone, (520) 626-9061; e-mail,; website: