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The Science of Consciousness 
2024  TUCSON - 30th Annual

(‘TSC’), April 22-27, 2024  at the beautiful Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in the hills above Tucson, Arizona. The conference is hosted and sponsored by the University of Arizona, Center for Consciousness Studies  and co-sponsored by the University of Michigan, Center for Consciousness Science.  

Conferences |  since 1994
The Science of Consciousness (TSC) conferences are the pre-eminent world gatherings on all approaches to the profound and fundamental question of how the brain produces conscious experience, a question which addresses who we are, the nature of reality and our place in the universe. TSC conferences  have been held in Tucson since 1994, (every 2 years) and are recognized around the world. TSC International held its first conference in 1995 and continues in alternate years.
2024 Themes:  Cortical Oscillations and Traveling Waves; Psychedelics, Psychoplastogens; Astrobiology, Astroconsciousness; Dual Aspect Monism; Megahertz EEG and DoDecoGraphy (DDG); Theories of Consciousness; Consciousness and Reality; Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Consciousness Detecting Consciousness; Microtubule Time Crystals; Searching for Consciousness and Entanglement in Cerebral Organoids; Brain Dimensions, Wavefunctions and Symmetry 
Conference Activities and Social Events TSC 2024
TSC 2024 will include plenary sessions, in-depth workshops, concurrent presentations, poster sessions, book and technology exhibits, health and wellness exhibitors, tenniscentric. Free time for swimming, hiking, and other resort activities. Sabino Canyon is approx. 3 miles from the Resort. Welcome Reception (Tues); Dinner (Thurs optional-tickets required); Poetry Slam (Fri)
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LOEWS Ventana Canyon Resort - Group Link  $169 per night - Group rate Deadline March 29  - Group Rates Cover:  April 17 through May 1, 2024 - Group Code: TSC330 - Group Name: The Science of Consciousness (note: The Resort Fee ($34) is WAIVED) Conference Registration is needed to secure rate. Scroll down to see photos and additional hotel information.  Address: 7000 N. Resort Dr. Tucson AZ 
CONFERENCE REGISTRATION  Standard $550 - Student $450  
($250 remote: Plenary, 2 Wkshps  Symposium)
ABSTRACTS - 2024 - closed 

WORKSHOPS - MONDAY, April 22 - 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Kiva Ballroom, Catalina K-L, Catalina J, Exec. Board Room, Sabino, Santa Rita, Rincon, Coronado
Quantum Biology  - Paige Derr, NIH/NCATS;  Thorsten Ritz, UCI; Nirosha Murugan, Wilfrid Laurier; Manisha Patel, UCSB, Travis Craddock, NSU, Philip Kurian, Howard U (via zoom)  (KIVA)
Dual Aspect Monism  -  Michael Silberstein, Elizabethtown College;  William Seager,  U Toronto; Robert Prentner, Munich U;  Harald Atmanspacher, Collegium Helveticum, ETH Zurich - Jeffrey Kripal, Rice U;  (Catalina KL)
Dreamless Sleep   -  JF Pagel, U Colorado; Jerome Alonso, U Calgary; Antonio Zadra, U Montreal; Gina Poe, UCLA  (Exec. board room)  
Indian Knowledge Systems & Medical Applications -  IKSHMA Faculty and students From the Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi ('IIT Mandi)  remote presentation  (Sabino) 

12:30-2:00 break

Workshops continued

MONDAY, April 22 - 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Neurophysiology of Loss & Recovery of Consciousness - M. Bruce MacIver, Stanford U; Kathleen Vincent, Harvard U; Anthony Hudetz, U Michigan, Robert A Pearce MD, PhD Professor U Wisc-Madison   (KIVA)  

Meditation & Global Spiritual Practices - Thomas Brophy, CIHS/Ions; Deepak Chopra, CHOPRA GLOBAL; Jeffery Martin, CIHS; Christopher Lord, formerly of Charles University, Prague; Arnaud Delorme, Ions   (Catalina KL)
Terminal Lucidity - Michael Nahm, Institute for Frontier Areas of Psychology, Freiburg, Germany; Natasha Tassell-Matamua, Massey U, New Zealand; Chris Roe, U Northampton, UK; Marjorie Woollacott, U Oregon; Maryne Mutis, Université de Lorraine, France; Karalee Kothe, U Colorado  (Catalina J)   
Education in Consciousness Studies  - Laurel Waterman, OISE, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, U Toronto; Joan Walton,York St. John U; Hidehiko Saegusa, IIT Mandi, U Arizona, CIHS, AABC Development Board UA Astrobiology Center; Kunal Mooley CalTech; Thomas Bever, U Arizona  (Exec. board room)  

MONDAY April 22 - 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Integrated Information Theory of Consciousness - (Kiva) Christof  Koch, Allen Institute, Tiny Blue Dot Foundation, Seattle; Giulio Tononi, Melanie Boly & Matteo Grasso, U Wisconsin.  Moderated by Paavo Pylkkänen, U Helsinki & U Skövde 
This symposium will offer an introduction to Integrated Information Theory (IIT), its foundations, its empirical validations, and its implications. The first part will introduce IIT’s endeavor to study subjective experience objectively, highlighting its differences with respect to other approaches, and providing an overview of IIT 4.0’s core concepts and formalism. Then, we will illustrate how to apply this formalism to account for the qualitative content of experience such as the extendedness of visual space and the experience of the flow of time. We will then discuss IIT’s empirical predictions, testing, and validation in experimental settings. We will end by examining the implications of IIT for the dissociation between consciousness and artificial intelligence. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2024 

early morning experiential clinic:

7:15 am - 8:00 am -  Meditation Wellness Kickoff -  DEEPAK CHOPRA   (Kiva Plaza)
Conference Opening
PLENARY SESSIONS    (Kiva Ballroom)
8:30 am - 10:40 am  - Plenary 1  'Detecting Consciousness' STEVEN LAUREYS, CLAUDIA PASSOS, GINA POE  
11:10 am - 12:30 pm - Plenary 2  'Cortical Oscillations, Waves and Consciousness 1'   EARL K. MILLER, Keynote  
2:00 pm - 4:10 pm  -   Plenary 3  ‘Consciousness and Reality'  DONALD HOFFMAN, DEEPAK CHOPRA, PAAVO PYLKKÄNEN


5:00 -7:00 pm -Concurrent SessionS 1-10  
20 min talks: 5 min Q&A  - Catalina J,  Catalina K-L, Board Room, Salons G,H,I, Salons D,E,F; Sabino, Santa Rita, Rincon, Coronado,(Location assignments to be announced)
C-1  Implications of Artificial Intelligence

Jonathan Erickson, Bill Mensch, Rizwan Virk, Maria Howard, James Pagel

C-2  Parapsychology & near-death experiences
Fr. Nathan Castle, O.P., Marina Weiler, Terri Gilbert, Karalee Kothe, Nicole Johnson,  Staci Newmahr
C-3  Experiential approaches to consciousness

Timothy Laporte, Igor Nazarov,  Raul Valverde, Carlton 'Perk' Clark, Roger Russell

C-4 Philosophy of mind

Scott Olsen, Jonathan Shear, Gustavo Rocha, John Strozier,  Patrick Schotanus

C-5 Representation and access models of mind

Roger C. Schriner, Susan Blackmore, Matthew Williams, Rakenduvadhana Srinivasan, Matthew Cahn

C-6 Geometry of mind

Terrence Howard, Andres Gomez-Emilsson, Elena Bezzubova, Uziel Awret, Roumiana Tsenkova

C-7 Quantifying cognitive states in neural data

Logan Trujillo, Dimitri Van De Ville, William Bosl, Kira Dolhan, Sandeep Gupta

C-8 Studying spirituality in neuroscience 

Stephen Zerfas, Marco Ruggiero, Kirit Goyal, Prashant Tayade

C-9 Neuroscience of altered states

Anthony Hudetz, Travis Craddock, Nicolas Glynos, Clayton Coleman, Nicholas Denomme, Gratiana Chen, 

C-10 Quantifying altered states of consciousness

Marjorie Woollacott,  Jessica Corneille, Sebastian Ehmann, Mona Letourneau, Robert Tromm

6:30-9:00 pm  Welcome Reception 

Cascade Terrace 

Wednesday April 24, 2024 
Early Wednesday Morning Experiential Clinics
  • Wednesday Apr 24, 7:15-8:15 am - TennisCentric Approach to Consciousness - Mark Valladares -  Tennis Courts 
  • Wednesday Apr 24, 7:15-8:15 am - Rumi Healing - Sohail Shakeri  - Catalina KL
  • Wednesday Apr 24, 7:15-8:15 am - Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement® Roger Russell, Jeff Haller - Ventana 2nd fl.  

Wednesday April 24, 2024 
PLENARY SESSIONS    -    Kiva Ballroom 
8:30 am -10:40 am-Plenary 4 'Cortical Oscillations, Waves & Consciousness 2'  ANDRE BASTOS, PULIN GONG, DIMITRIS PINOTSIS  
11:10 am - 12:30 pm - Plenary 5  - 'The Global Brain'  SUSAN SCHNEIDER, Keynote
2:00 pm to 4:10 pm - Plenary 6 - ‘Psychedelics & Altered States'  TANYA LUHRMANN, BRIAN MURARESKU, GEORGE MASHOUR   


5:00 -7:00 pm -Concurrent SessionS   11-20      20 min talks: 5 min Q&A - Catalina KL, Catalina J,  Board Room,  Salons G,H,I  - Salons D,E,F - Sabino, Santa Rita, Rincon, Coronado
C-11 Anomalous cognition

Helané Wahbeh, James Lake, Arnaud Delorme, Birgitta Therner, Christine Simmonds-Moore, Sean Esbjorn-Hargens

C-12 Psychiatric illness 

Darja Kobal Grum, Jürgen Kornmeier, Milena Braticevic,  Nina Carrubba

C-13 Quantum computation

Ken Mogi, James Tagg, Akihiro Nishiyama, Mithun Paul, Rachid Lopez, Vasyl Semenov

C-14 Integrated Information Theory

Brian Archibald, Kelvin McQueen, Garrett Mindt,  xx, xx

C-15 Artificial Intelligence

William Robinson, Karina Vold, Aida Elamrani, Vickram Premakumar, Tam Hunt

C-16 Time and cognition 

Laura Deutsch, Allan Hamilton, Yu Zheng, Joel Bennett, James Corrigan

C-17 Social implications for understanding consciousness 

Steven Wingate, Burton Voorhees, Stephen Deiss, Seymen Atasoy, Ivanna C. Montoya, Staci Newmahr

C-18 Physics of mind
Florian Metzler, Gregory Horne, Alon Retter, Xiaolin Ge,  Mariia Trukhanova, Amal Alachkar
C-19 Novel models of consciousness 

Donald Mender,  Meijuan Lu, Christopher Tyler, Meir Weinstein, Deborah Kala Perkins

C-20 Psychoanalysis and the unconscious

Jenny Vanbergen, Teresa Nowak, Asher Soryl, Garrett Yount, x

7:00-9:00 pm - Reception, Cash Bar
Grand Ballroom  Lobby 
POSTER SESSION 1   -    Grand Ballroom B

session   section    presenters

PO 1        1.0  - Philosophy  -  William J. Cox, Richard Gill,  U.B. Lozano,  George Goutos, Ramanujam Prakash, JEFF SUGAR
PO  1       2.0  -  Neuroscience -  Kewei Chen, Ryo Sato, Pavel Kraikivski 
PO  1       3.0  - Cognitive Science & Psychology -  Antonio Zadra, Jin Ma, David Stone, Bruce Nappi, Malcolm Lett, Deni Van, Michael Kutch, Ruslana Remennikova
PO  1       4.0  - Physical & Biological Sciences  -  Richard Harrington, Peter Lugten, Steen Loeth, Steve Finette, Seungju Ahn, Georges Karma, Deanna Minich, James Beran
PO  1       5.0  - Experiential Approaches  -  James Driessen, Palash Goyal, Carl Flygt, Kayla Ingram, Leslie Deere
PO  1       6.0  - Culture & Humanities  -  Steven Ferrara, Olga Colbert, Kevin Goodrich, Denise Doyle, Benjamin White 

Thursday, April 25, 2024
Early Thursday Morning, Experiential Clinics
  • Thursday Apr 25, 7:15-8:15 am, TennisCentric Approach to Consciousness - Mark Valladares  - Tennis Courts 
  • Thursday Apr 25 - 7:15-8:15 am - Global Spiritual Meditation  - Hidehiko Saegusa  -  Catalina KL
  • Thursday Apr 25 7:15-8:15 am - Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement® Roger Russell, Jeff Haller -Ventana 2nd fl.  
Thursday, April 25, 2024
PLENARY SESSIONS   - Kiva Ballroom 
8:30 am -10:40 am - Plenary 7  'Mechanisms of Consciousness'  AARON SCHURGER, PIETER-JAN MAES, JEROME BUSEMEYER  
11:10 am - 12:30 pm - Plenary 8  'DoDecoGraphy ('DDG') – 12 Orders of Frequency Oscillations in EEG'   ANIRBAN BANDYOPADHYAY, Keynote 
2:00 pm - 4:10 pm - Plenary 9  ‘Astrobiology and Astroconsciousness’  CALEB SCHARF, PHILLIPE SCHMITT-KOPPLIN, STUART HAMEROFF   

5-6 Cash bar at Cascade Terrace

6:30-9:00 - Optional Dinner Under the Stars -limited tickets via Eventbrite registration - Tickets Required

FRIDAY April 26, 2024
Early FRIDAY MORNING - Experiential Clinics
  • 4/26, 7:15-8:15 am - TennisCentric Approach to Consciousness - Mark Valladares  - Tennis Courts 
  • 4/26, 7:15-8:15 am - Soul Sickness & Healing Techniques - Master Zhi Gang Sha, Peter Hudoba, Rulin Xiu - Catalina KL
  • 4/26, 7:15  - 8:15 am - Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement® lessons. Roger Russell, Jeff Haller -Ventana 2nd fl.  


Friday, April 26, 2024
PLENARY SESSIONS  - Kiva Ballroom 
8:30 am -10:40 am - Plenary 10 - 'Dual Aspect Monism'   HARALD ATMANSPACHER, BILL SEAGER, DEAN RICKLES 
11:10 am - 12:30 pm - Plenary 11  'Molecules of Life & Consciousness from the Asteroid Bennu’  DANTE LAURETTA, Keynote  
2:00 pm - 4:10 pm - Plenary 12 - 'The Science of Consciousness - 30 Years On'  - Panel:  DAVID CHALMERS, SUSAN BLACKMORE, CHRISTOF KOCH, STUART HAMEROFF, PAAVO PYLKKÄNEN


5:00 -7:00 pm -  Concurrent SessionS  21-30                

20-min talks: 5 min Q&A - Kiva, Catalina J,  Catalina K-L, Board Room, Sabino, Santa Rita, Rincon, Coronado, Salons G,H,I  - Salons D,E,F

C-21 Quantum theories of mind

Phillise Todd, Natalia Cortes, Peter Lloyd, Thomas Brophy,  Ivan Kuznetsov

C-22 Multiscalar electrophysiology

Asa Young, Bruce MacIver, Ryo Sato, William Softky

C-23 Perception and attentional control

Michael Silver, Cedric Cannard, Satya Pradhan, Rahul Jain, xx 

C-24 Causality and freewill 

Mihretu Guta, Edward Neafsey, Brian Key, John Sanfey, Lynn Rasmussen

C-25 Phenomenology of mind 

Lukasz Kurowski, Jenny Simon, Rubin Naiman, Azul DelGrasso, Abre Fournier

C-26 Panpsychism and global consciousness

Scott Ventureyra, Anand Rangarajan, John Starrett,     Todd Bureau, Ulf Holmberg

C-27 Neurostimulation to understand the mind 

Sanjay Manchanda, Milan Pantovic, Mitchell Head, xx, xx

C-28 Meditation practice to understand the mind 

Paul Dallaghan, Rulin Xiu,  Dorote Weyers-Lucci,  Lavanya Rajesh Kumar, xx

C-29 Unity or disunity of consciousness

Rocco Gennaro, Makayla Vermette, Famira Racy, Alain Morin, Roger Young 

C-30 Alternative molecular models of mind

Farzad Ahmadkhanlou, Charles Ernst, Noushin Nabavi, Rajnish Khanna, Behrouz Radnassab


7:00-9:00 pm - Reception, Cash Bar
7:00 - 10:00 PM - ART TECH DEMOS, EXHIBITS - Grand Ballroom Lobby
POSTER SESSION 2 - Grand Ballroom B (30)
session    section    presenters
PO 2       1.0    - Philosophy -  Elena Drăghici-Vasilescu, Rajnish Khanna, Aaron Schmidt, Richard Blum, Enrique Chiu Han, Hiroki Yamada, Ann Berger-Knorr, Chris Percy, Frank Warzik, Mukesh Chauhan
PO  2      2.0  - Neuroscience  -  Vipin Gupta, Scott Koshland, Anderson Rodriguez, Criscillia Benford,  Ludmila Vucolova
PO 2       3.0  - Cognitive Science and Psychology  James Rutherford, Cedric Cannard, Yuan Yan
PO 2      4.0  - Physical & Biological Sciences  -  Mark Rindner,  Anatoly Goldstein, Surendra Pokharna, David Smolker, Anderson Rodriguez, Antonius Laurijssen, Seungju Ahn
PO 2     5.0  -   Experiential Approaches -  Sandro Guerra, Barbara With, Lindsay Briner, Christine Simmonds-Moore, Denise Doyle
PO 2      6.0  -  Culture & Humanities   -  Scott Lacy, Harland Harrison, Marianne Nell,  Joan Walton, Benjamin White


10 pm - xxx - Poetry Slam - No-End of Consciousness Party  (Kiva)

Saturday April 27, 2024
Early Saturday Morning -  Experiential Clinics
  • 4/27, 7:15-8:15 am - Soul Sickness & Healing Techniques - Master Zhi Gang Sha, Peter Hudoba, Rulin Xiu -  Catalina KL
  • 4/27, 7:15-8:15 am - TennisCentric Approach to Consciousness - Mark Valladares  - Tennis Courts 
  • 4/27, 7:15  - 8:15 am - Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement® lessons. Roger Russell, Jeff Haller -Ventana 2nd fl.  
Saturday April 27, 2024 - Kiva Ballroom 
9:00 am - 10:30 am - Plenary 13 - 'Dimensions, Wavefunctions & Symmetry in the Brain'  ZIRUI HUANG, SANTOSH HELEKAR, SIR ROGER PENROSE  
11:00 am - 12:30 pm - Plenary 14 - 'Searching for Consciousness & Entanglement in Cerebral Organoids'  ALYSSON MUOTRI, HARMUT NEVEN  




Screen/Monitor/Projector Rentals per day

32" TV costs $150 per day with a rolling stand. 

55" TV would be $250 per day; 

Projectors $175 / day

Arrangements must be made in advance.

POSTERS (WED, FRI)  The Conference will supply the poster boards      
Local Printers: will deliver ROLLED POSTERS 
Becky Wigginton-Colon 
West Press  
Cirrus Visual
Boards are 4 x 8 feet with metal frame

direction: Horizontal 

POSTER SIZES SHOULD BE not larger than:  

44 1/2 " x 91"  - 3.7 feet x 7.5 feet -  1.1 m x   2.3 m 


Display options: Laptop - Please rsvp that you will not need a board

Experiential Clinics (Daily early am)
Exhibitors (daily)                                     
Art-Tech Demos (daily)
EXPERIENTIAL - early mornings
Tuesday Apr 23-7:15-8:00 am - Meditation Wellness Kick Off Deepak Chopra - Kiva Plaza
Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat. -7:15-8:15 am - Apr 24, 25, 26, 27  - TennisCentric Approach to Consciousness - Mark Valladares  - Tennis Courts 
Wednesday Apr 24 - 7:15-8:15 am - Rumi Healing   -  Sohail Shakeri  -  Catalina J

Wednesday 4/23 & Friday 4/26  - 7:15 am - 8:15 am Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement® lessons. Roger Russell, Jeff Haller -  Ventana 2nd fl.    

Thursday Apr 25 - 7:15-8:15 am - Global Spiritual Meditation  - Hidehiko Saegusa  -  Catalina KL
Friday & Saturday, Apr 26-27 - 7:15-8:15 am - Soul Sickness & Healing Techniques - Master Zhi Gang Sha, Peter Hudoba, Rulin Xiu - Catalina KL

  • Arizona Astrobiology Center
  • Tao Academy 
  • Timaeus Academy
  • Academy for the Advancement of Postmaterialist Sciences
  • COSMOintel 
  • Journal of Consciousness Studies 
  • Plenary Book Display - New Releases

Additional Hotels close to Loews:
Comfort Suites at Sabino Canyon, $149 , 7007 E. Tanque Verde, Tucson, AZ, 85715, US  (520) 534-3641

Embassy Suites - Paloma Village - 3110 E Skyline Dr, Tucson, AZ (520) 352-4000

Westin La Paloma - 3800 E Sunrise Dr, Tucson, AZ 85718     (520) 742-6000

Hacinda Del Sol - 5501 N Hacienda Del Sol Rd, Tucson, AZ 85718(520) 299-1501

Westward Look. 245 E Ina Rd, Tucson, AZ 85704(520) 297-1151

Hilton Tucson East - 7600 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85710(520) 721-5600

Plenary, Workshop, Experiential Bios - see below

ABSTRACTS will be uploaded prior to the Conference


Stuart Hameroff  Co-Founder, Director, Center for Consciousness Studies; Co-Chair, The Science of Consciousness; Professor Emeritus, Departments of Anesthesiology and Psychology, U of Arizona, Stuart Hameroff MD is a clinical anesthesiologist and researcher on how the brain produces consciousness, and how anesthetics act to erase it. In medical school in the early 1970s, Hameroff became interested in consciousness, and in protein structures called microtubules inside brain neurons which he came to believe processed information supporting consciousness. In the mid- 1990s he teamed with Sir Roger Penrose to develop the controversial ‘Orch OR’ theory in which consciousness derives from “orchestrated” (“Orch”) microtubule quantum vibrations linked to processes in spacetime geometry, the fine scale structure of the universe, leading to “Penrose objective reduction” (“OR”, hence “Orch OR”). And he has further proposed the ‘microtubule quantum vibration’ theory of anesthetic action. Hameroff organizes the well-known conference series ‘The Science of Consciousness’, has written or edited 5 books and over a hundred scientific articles, and appeared in films and various TV shows about consciousness. With University of Arizona colleagues Jay Sanguinetti, John JB Allen and Shinzen Young, Hameroff is developing transcranial ultrasound (‘TUS’) for treatment of mental and cognitive dysfunction (TUS may resonate endogenous megahertz vibrations in brain microtubules). Penrose- Hameroff Orch OR is one of a group of major theories of consciousness in the Templeton World Charity Foundation project  ‘Accelerating Research on Consciousness’ and is currently being tested experimentally. (Jan 2024 New Scientist Feature Cover on Quantum Consciousness, G. Musser)




George A. Mashour is an anesthesiologist and NIH-funded neuroscientist at the University of Michigan Medical School, where he serves as the Robert B. Sweet Professor and Chair of Anesthesiology. He founded and currently directs the Michigan Psychedelic Center, which is multidisciplinary and spans the University of Michigan. (Plenary 6)



2024 TSC Keynote & Plenary Bios
Earl K. Miller

Earl Keith Miller is a cognitive neuroscientist whose research focuses on neural mechanisms of cognitive, or executive, control. Earl K. Miller is the Picower Professor of Neuroscience with the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory and the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the Chief Scientist and co-founder of SplitSage.  Earl Miller received a Bachelor of Arts degree (summa cum laude, with honors) in psychology from Kent State University in 1985, Master of Arts degree in psychology and neuroscience from Princeton University in 1987, and a PhD in psychology and neuroscience from Princeton University in 1990. In 2020, Earl Miller was awarded an honorary doctorate (Doctor of Science, honoris causa) from Kent State University. (Keynote/Plen 2)

Susan Schneider

Susan Lynn Schneider is an American philosopher and artificial intelligence expert. She is the founding director of the Center for the Future Mind at Florida Atlantic University where she also holds the William F. Dietrich Distinguished Professorship. Co-director, MPCR Lab (Machine Perception and Cognitive Robotics Lab). Schneider writes about the nature of the self and mind, especially from the vantage point of issues in philosophy, AI, cognitive science and astrobiology.  Before opening the Center for the Future Mind she held the NASA Chair with NASA and the Distinguished Scholar Chair at the Library of Congress. In her recent book, Artificial You: AI and the Future of the Mind, she discusses the philosophical implications of AI, and, in particular, the enterprise of "mind design." Schneider recently completed a three year project with NASA on the future of intelligence. She now works with Congress on AI policy. She also appears frequently on television shows on stations such as PBS and The History Channel. She writes opinion pieces for the New York TimesScientific American and The Financial Times.  Her work has been widely discussed in the media (see "media" above). She is currently working on a book on the shape of intelligent systems (for W.W. Norton).  (Keynote/Plenary 5)

Anirban Bandyopadhyay

Anirban Bandyopadhyay PH.D. Materials and Nano-architectronics, MANA, National Institute for Materials Science, NIMS, Tsukuba, Japan Anirban Bandyopadhyay is Principal Research Scientist  (NIMS), Tsukuba. He earned his Ph.D. in Supramolecular Electronics at the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS), Kolkata, 2005. From 2005 to 2008 he was ICYS research fellow at the ICYS, NIMS, Japan, and worked on the brain-like bio-processor building. In 2008, Anirban joined as a permanent scientist at NIMS, working on the cavity resonator model of human brain and design-synthesis of brain-like organic jelly. From 2013 to 2014 he was a visiting scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA. Awards include: Hitachi Science and Technology award 2010, Inamori Foundation award 2011–2012, Kurata Foundation Award, Inamori Foundation Fellow (2011–) and Sewa Society international member, Japan. (Keynote/Plenary 8) 

Dante Lauretta

Dante Lauretta, CCS External Adviser, UArizona, Regents Professor, Planetary Science & Cosmochemistry, University of Arizona Lunar & Planetary Laboratory. Dante Lauretta is principal investigator of the OSIRIS-REx mission and a regents professor of planetary science at the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. His research interests focus on the chemistry and mineralogy of asteroids and comets, and he is an expert in the analysis of extraterrestrial materials, including asteroid samples, mete-orites and comet particles. Dr. Lauretta fosters the advancement of the next generation of scientists, engineers, and other space leaders through mentorship and taught coursework which apply his expertise in planetary science and spacecraft mission design & implementation. Dr. Lauretta heads the OSIRIS-REx research team at UArizona working on this mission, which has included more than 100 undergraduate and graduate students. This project will help ensure that the University of Arizona remains at the forefront of planetary exploration for the next decade. (Keynote/Plenary 11)


Harald Atmanspacher

Harald Atmanspacher, Physicist, em. member of the Chair of Philosophy at ETH Zurich and faculty member at University of Essex. After his PhD in physics at Munich University (1986) he worked as a research scientist at the Max-Planck-Institute for Extraterrestrial
Physics at Garching until 1998, as head of the theory division of the Institute for Frontier Areas of Psychology at Freiburg until 2014, and in the executive board of the Collegium Helveticum (ETH Zurich) until 2020. His fields of research are the theory of complex systems, conceptual and theoretical aspects of quantum theory, and mind-matter relations from interdisciplinary perspectives. He is the president of the Society for Mind-Matter Research and editor of its journal Mind and Matter. (Plenary 10)

Note: for those arriving early. "The Society for Mind-Matter Research ( will offer a workshop for members on  April 21, the day before the TSC conference, from 9am to 5pm, featuring a keynote by Stuart Hameroff and a number of other contributions by members.
Interested in attending?  Write to for further
information.  Membership available.  Reservations encouraged. 

Andre Bastos

André M. Bastos, PhD, Principle Investigator. Dr. Bastos received his PhD from the University of California, Davis (2013) where he worked with Drs. Ron Mangun and Marty Usrey on thalamocortical communication. During his PhD, Dr. Bastos was a Fulbright scholar in the laboratory of Dr. Pascal Fries at the F.C. Donders Center for Cognitive Neuroimaging in Nijmegen, The Netherlands (and later at the Ernst Strüngmann Institute in Frankfurt, Germany). His studies with Dr. Fries focused on distinct oscillatory frequencies used in feedforward vs. feedback cortical communication. He was also a visiting student with Dr. Karl Friston at Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at University College London, where he first got interested in the theory of predictive coding. André then went on to work as a postdoctoral associate with Dr. Earl Miller at MIT and Dr. Nancy Kopell at Boston University where he used large-scale neuronal recordings to gain insight into predictive processing. He joined the faculty of Vanderbilt University in 2021 as an Assistant Professor of Psychology and member of the Vanderbilt Brain Institute (VBI). (Plenary 4)

Sue Blackmore

Susan Blackmore is a psychologist, lecturer and writer best known for her book The Meme Machine (1999) and the textbook Consciousness: An Introduction (4th Edition 2024with her daughter Emily Troscianko). She is a Visiting Professor at the University of Plymouth, UK.

Her research interests include memes, near-death and out-of-body experiences, free will, meditation, and altered states of consciousness. She has written more than sixty academic papers, a hundred contributions to books, and her work has been translated into twenty other languages. She has practised Zen for forty years and plays in a samba band.



Jerome Busemeyer

Jerome Busemeyer previously was a Full Professor at Purdue University before 1997, and now is Distinguished Professor in Psychological and Brain Sciences, Cognitive Science, and Statistics at Indiana University-Bloomington. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, and the National Institute of Mental Health, and he served grant review panels for these agencies. He was the Manager of the Cognition and Decision Program at the Air Force Office of Scientific Research in 2005-2007. He has published five books in decision and cognition, and over 100 journal articles across disciplines. He served as the Chief Editor of Journal of Mathematical Psychology, Associate Editor of Psychological Review, and he was the founding Chief Editor of Decision. He won the prestigious Warren medal from the Society of Experimental Pschologists in 2015, and became a fellow of the Cognitive Science Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2017. During his early career, he became well known for the development of a dynamic and stochastic model of human decision making called decision field theory. Later, he was one of the pioneers to develop a new approach to cognition based on mathematical principles from quantum theory.  In 2012, Cambridge University Press published his book with Peter Bruza introducing this new theory applying quantum probability to model human judgment and decision-making. A second edition of that book will appear in 2024.Jerome Busemeyer - Distinguished Professor and Provost Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University. Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Research Interest: Mathematical models of human judgment and decision-making behavior. (Plenary 7) 

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David Chalmers is University Professor of Philosophy and Neural Science and co-director of the Center for Mind, Brain, and Consciousness at New York University. He is the author of The Conscious Mind (1996) and of Reality+: Virtual Worlds and the Problems of Philosophy (2022). Here’s an excerpt. He is known for formulating the “hard problem” of consciousness, for the idea of the “extended mind,” and for the thesis that virtual reality is genuine reality. David Chalmers was featured in the New York Times Magazine, Dec. 10, 2021 - Interview with David Marchese - 'Can We Have a Meaningful Life in a Virtual World' - http:// David is Former Director and Founder, Center for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona. Faculty positions included, UC Santa Cruz, University of Arizona, Australian National University. Ph.D., Philosophy and Cognitive Science, Indiana University; McDonnell Fellow at Washington University; Rhodes Scholar in Pure Maths and Computer Science at the University of Adelaide in Australia. David Chalmers is Co-Founder, Center for Consciousness Studies, Tucson. Chalmers’s writings include: Philosophy of Mind; The Conscious Mind; The Character of Consciousness; Constructing the World; Mind and Consciousness; Facing Up to the Problem of Consciousness. (Plenary 12)

Deepak Chopra

DEEPAK CHOPRA MD, FACP, FRCP founder of the Chopra Foundation, a non-profit entity for research on well-being and humanitarianism, and Chopra Global, a modern-day health company at the intersection of science and spirituality, is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation. Chopra is a Clinical Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, San Diego and serves as a senior scientist with Gallup Organization. He is also an Honorary Fellow in Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. He is the author of over 95 books translated into over forty-three languages, including numerous New York Times bestsellers. For the last thirty years, Chopra has been at the forefront of the meditation revolution and his upcoming book, Quantum Body (Harmony Books, 12/5/23) delves into the innovative world of quantum science and shows how unlocking its secrets can revolutionize how we live and age – and, ultimately, how we can eradicate disease. TIME magazine has described Dr. Chopra as “one of their top 100 most influential people.” (Plenary 3)

Pulin Gong

Pulin Gong, University of Sydney, Associate Professor, School of Physics. Dr Pulin Gong is interested in better understanding the self-organizing mechanisms of spatiotemporal dynamics of neural circuits and the principles underlying how these dynamics implement neural computation. (Plenary 4)




Santosh A Helekar

Santosh A. Helekar, MD, PhD is a neuroscientist at the Houston Methodist Research Institute (HMRI). He has a medical degree from the University of Bombay and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Baylor College of Medicine. Presently, he is the Director of Translational Biomagnetics and Neurometry Program and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosurgery at HMRI and of Neuroscience at Weill Cornell Medical College. His current research focuses on measuring a consciousness-related biophysical effect that was recently discovered using a noninvasive device called the Sentiometer invented by him, and on characterizing it using another device called the Qualiagraph being developed in his laboratory. (Plenary 13)
Don Hoffman 2024

Donald Hoffman received a PhD in Computational Psychology from MIT, and is a Professor Emeritus of Cognitive Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. He is an author of over 100 scientific papers and three books, including The Case Against Reality: Why Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes (2019), and Visual intelligence: How we create what we see (1998). He received a Distinguished Scientific Award of the American Psychological Association for early career research, the Rustum Roy Award of the Chopra Foundation, and the Troland Research Award of the US National Academy of Sciences. His writing has appeared in Scientific AmericanNew ScientistLA Review of Books, and Edge, and his work has been featured in WiredQuantaThe AtlanticArs TechnicaNational Public RadioDiscover Magazine, and Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman. He has a TED Talk titled “Do we see reality as it is?”   @donalddhoffman  (Plenary 3)

Zirui Huang

Zirui Huang Ph.D, is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and a member of the Center for Consciousness Science at the University of Michigan Medical School. He has a multidisciplinary background including psychology, biology, cognitive neuroscience and neuroimaging. His primary research interest lies in investigating the neural substrates of consciousness. He studies the mechanistic role of large-scale brain networks in conscious cognition and its alteration by means of pharmacologic, neuropathologic and psychiatric manipulations of consciousness using functional MRI. He earned his Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience from the Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. After his Ph.D., he continued his research for two postdoc periods at the University of Ottawa and the University of Michigan. To-date, he has published 45+ scientific articles. Among those, 20+ first/co-first author articles that have been published in Science Advances, Cell Reports, Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, The Journal of Neuroscience, Cerebral Cortex, NeuroImage, etc. He also serves as Ad Hoc Reviewer for prestigious scientific journals, such as Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Advanced Science, Molecular Psychiatry, The Neuroscientist, etc. Media interviews: The Scientist:… (Plenary 13)

Christof Koch

Christof Koch, Ph.D., Chief Scientist and President, Allen Institute for Brain Science, Seattle, Washington and Chief Scientist of the MindScope Program. Christof received his baccalaureate from the Lycée Descartes in Rabat, Morocco, his B.S. and M.S. in physics from the University of Tübingen in Germany and his Ph.D. from the Max-Planck Institute for biological Cybernetics in 1982. Subsequently, he spent four years as a postdoctoral fellow in the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. From 1987 until 2013, Koch was a professor at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, from his initial appointment as Assistant Professor, Division of Biology and Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences in 1986, to his final position as Lois and Victor Troendle Professor of Cognitive & Behavioral Biology. Christof joined the Allen Institute for Brain Science as Chief Scientific Officer in 2011 and became President in 2015. Christof’s passion are neurons – the atoms of perception, memory, behavior and consciousness – their diverse shapes, electrical behaviors, and their computational function within the mammalian brain, in particular in neocortex. The Allen Institute for Brain Science is engaged in a major effort to identify all the different types of neurons in the brains of mice and humans – the cell census effort. Christof discovered that in vivo cortical neurons do not integrate over large number of small inputs given their spiking variability, how neurons can multiply, the relationship between intra- and extra-cellular potential, and how this gives rise to the local field potential and the large-scale current sinks and sources and how weak extracellular fields can entrain spiking activity via ephaptic effects. He postulated the attentional saliency map hypothesis for biological and computer vision according to which one or more topographic organized spatial maps summarize bottom-up salient information in the visual system, he co-discovered, with Itzhak Fried, an highlevel, invariant and abstract single neuron representation of familiar individuals and objects in the human medial temporal lobe (the so-called “Jennifer Aniston” or concept neurons) and developed the ‘continuous flashed suppression’ masking technique. In collaboration with Francis Crick, he initiated the modern search for the neuronal correlates of consciousness, a systematic experimental program to identify the minimal bio-physical mechanisms jointly sufficient for any one specific conscious percept. In collaboration with Giulio Tononi, he codeveloped the Integrated Information Theory of consciousness. Brain and Consciousness, Christof Koch, Ph.D., Mindscope Program, Allen Institute, Tiny Blue Dot Foundation. (Plenary 12 & Symposium)

Steven Laureys

Steven Laureys MD PhD, Canada Excellence Research Chair, CERVO Brain Research Centre, Quebec, Canada, FNRS Research Director, University of Liège, Belgium

Award-winning brain scientist, world-renowned neurologist, and international bestselling author, Steven has conducted groundbreaking research into the human mind for more than 25 years. He explores the human mind using the latest technologies assessing consciousness and the power of the mind in meditation, sleep, coma, near-death experiences, psychedelics, hypnosis and dreamlike states. With his team, he has also studied the brains of astronauts, top-athletes, Buddhist monks (including Matthieu Ricard and lama Zeupa) and entrepreneurs. Prof Laureys has authored no less than an impressive 540+ scientific papers, and has an H-index of 135+. Furthermore, he has published several books, including The Neurology of Consciousness, and popular books, such as the international bestseller, "The No-Nonsense Meditation Book" (translated in 15+ languages). Steven is father of five and currently resides much of the time in Canada. He is widely appreciated as an approachable brain expert, science populariser and speaker (including 5 popular TEDx talks).  Steven's work has been featured extensively in media such as TIME magazine, the New York Times, FORBES, the Guardian, BBC, CNN and National Geographic. (Plenary 1)

Tanya Luhrmann

Tanya Marie Luhrmann is the Albert Ray Lang Professor of Anthropology at Stanford University, with a courtesy appointment in Psychology. Her work focuses on the edge of experience: on voices, visions, the world of the supernatural and the world of psychosis. She has done ethnography on the streets of Chicago with homeless and psychotic women, and worked with people who hear voices in Chennai, Accra and the South Bay. She has also done fieldwork with evangelical Christians who seek to hear God speak back, with Zoroastrians who set out to create a more mystical faith, and with people who practice magic. She uses a combination of ethnographic and experimental methods to understand the way people feel their thoughts and imagine their minds in different social settings, and what follows. At the heart of the work is the question of how things come to feel real to people.  She was named to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003, received a John Guggenheim Fellowship award in 2007 and elected to the American Philosophical Society in 2022. When God Talks Back was named a NYT Notable Book of the Year and a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year. It was awarded the $100,000 Grawemeyer Prize for Religion by the University of Louisville. She is also the author of Persuasions of the Witch’s CraftThe Good ParsiOf Two Minds, When God Talks Back, Our Most Troubling Madness, and How God Becomes Real, and is currently at work on a book entitled Voices. (Plenary 6) 


Pieter-Jan Maes research (IPEM,, Ghent University, Belgium) is situated in the field of systematic musicology, focusing on embodied and social interaction with music. Through empirical music research, I aim to better understand the dynamical coordination processes observed in bodily activation (including the brain) of humans engaged in music performance and experience. I consider the study of coordination processes as a gateway towards a better understanding of the powerful (inter)subjective experiences that music can evoke. In my research, I explore emerging technologies of extended reality (XR) as innovative methodological tools, both on the level of stimuli creation (simulation of real-life immersive environments, or the creation of “impossible” stimuli), as well as on the level of quantitative measurement of behaviour and (neuro)physiological responses. Further, this research is connected in collaborative artistic-creative research in which we aim to explore the possibilities of XR technologies to innovate the cultural-creative sector with new forms of musical interaction and expression. (Plenary 7) 

Alysson Muotri

Alysson Renato Muotri is a Brazilian researcher from the University of California, United States, where he has been working since 2008. He is also the director of the Stem-Cell Program of the UCSD. Dr. Alysson R. Muotri, a professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Cellular & Molecular Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, is focusing his research on solving one of life's greatest mysteries: What is it that makes us uniquely human? Research tells us that one of the most influential characteristics of modern humans is our sophisticated brains, and all of the abilities that its complexity grants us. Our unique social brains are one of the key distinguishing factors between humans and other primates. We are even very different from our closest relatives, the Neanderthals, whose brains were limited in their ability to create technology, art, imagination and overall culture. Dr. Muotri is studying the brain from an evolutionary and developmental perspective, differentiating stem cells to recreate "brain organoids" in the controlled setting of a lab. (Plenary 14) 

Brian Muraresku

Brian C. Muraresku graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University with a degree in Latin, Greek and Sanskrit. As an alumnus of Georgetown Law and a member of the New York Bar, he has been practicing law internationally for fifteen years. In 2016, Muraresku became the founding executive director of Doctors for Cannabis Regulation. Their work has been featured on CNN and ESPN, as well as The Washington Post and San Francisco Chronicle. In arbitration with the NFL in 2018, Muraresku represented the first professional athlete in the United States to seek a therapeutic use exemption for cannabis. The Immortality Key is his debut book. (Plenary 6)

Harmut Neven

Hartmut Neven, Google Quantum AI -  is an Engineering Director at Google. He is the founder and manager of the Quantum Artificial Intelligence lab. The objective of the lab is to fabricate quantum processors and develop novel quantum algorithms to dramatically accelerate computational tasks for machine intelligence. Previously, Hartmut was head of the Visual Search team. His team developed the visual search service which today is used by a large number of Google products including Image Search, Google Photos, YouTube, Street View and Google Goggles. His teams won a number of competitions designed to establish the best visual recognition software for faces (FERET 1996, FRVT 2002), objects (ImageNet 2014) and text (ICDAR 2013). Hartmut was also a co-founder of project Glass and led the team that built the first prototype. Prior to joining Google, Hartmut started two computer vision companies, the second one was acquired by Google in 2006. Hartmut obtained his Ph.D. in 1996 with a thesis on "Dynamics for vision-guided autonomous mobile robots". Then he became a research professor for computer science and theoretical neuroscience at the University of Southern California. (Plenary 14)

Claudia Passos

Claudia Passos-Ferreira is Assistant Professor of Bioethics. She studied psychology at the Rio de Janeiro State University and earned her MA and Ph.D. in the program of Human Sciences and Health Sciences in Public Health there.  She obtained a second Ph.D. in Philosophy at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Passos-Ferreira has published on philosophy, psychology, and neuroethics.  She has collaborated in crosscultural research on moral development and social cognition (on topics such as empathy, fairness, ownership, intersubjectivity). She has published a book on Freud and mental causation. In philosophy of mind, she has published on self-knowledge, introspection, and external mental content.  Passos-Ferreira’s current research program focuses on the development of consciousness, including what theories of consciousness say about infant consciousness and machine consciousness, and how these theories shed light on ethical issues. Prior to joining NYU, Passos-Ferreira was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro with the Ethics and Biotechnologies project., and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the State University of Rio de Janeiro with the Ecological Mind and Self-Consciousness project.  Earlier in her career, she was awarded a Residency Scholarship from the Brazilian Health Ministry and she received clinical training in Child-Adolescent Mental Health and Mental Health. She has worked as clinical psychologist in private practice and public hospitals as well in Brazil. (Plenary 1)

Roger Penrose b

SIR ROGER PENROSE University of Oxford – Nobel Laureate Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics, Emeritus Fellow, Wadham College University of Oxford United Kingdom Roger Penrose was born, August 8, 1931 in Colchester Essex UK. He earned a 1st class mathematics degree at University College London; a Ph.D. at Cambridge UK, and became assistant lecturer, Bedford College London, Research Fellow St John’s College, Cambridge (now Honorary Fellow), a post-doc at King’s College London, NATO Fellow at Princeton, Syracuse, and Cornell Universities, USA. He also served a 1-year appointment at University of Texas, became a Reader then full Professor at Birkbeck College, London, and Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics, Oxford University (during which he served several ½-year periods as Mathematics Professor at Rice University, Houston, Texas). He is now Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor, Fellow, Wadham College, Oxford (now Emeritus Fellow). He has received many awards and honorary degrees, including knighthood, Fellow of the Royal Society and of the US National Academy of Sciences, the De Morgan Medal of London Mathematical Society, the Copley Medal of the Royal Society, the Wolf Prize in mathematics (shared with Stephen Hawking), the Pomeranchuk Prize (Moscow), and one half of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics, the other half shared by Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez. He has designed many non-periodic tiling patterns including a large paving at entrance of Andrew Wiles Mathematics Building, Oxford, and the Transbay Center, San Francisco, California. Sir Roger is widely acclaimed for fundamental advances in understanding the universe. His 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics was bestowed for showing that black holes are robust predictions of Einstein’s theory of general relativity. Roger has also proposed a solution to the measurement problem in quantum mechanics (‘objective reduction’, ‘OR’), which he suggests is also the origin of consciousness, leading to a theory of brain function (‘orchestrated objective reduction’, ‘Orch OR’). And Roger’s concept of Conformal Cyclic Cosmology (‘CCC’) posits a serial, eternal universe, with the Big Bang preceded by a previous aeon which had its own Big Bang, that aeon preceded by another and so on. (Plenary 13)

Dimitris Pinotsis

Dimitris Pinotsis, PhD (PI) is a theoretical neuroscientist with a PhD in Mathematics and an MSc in Theoretical Physics from the University of Cambridge in England where he worked with Thanasis Fokas.  After graduating, he published more than fifteen  papers in mathematics and physics journals and then decided to pursue a career in neuroscience, his true passion. Dimitris worked with Peter Grindrod and then spent six and a half years at  University College London (UCL) working with Karl Friston in machine learning and developing mathematical methods for the analysis of  brain  data; then continued at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he worked with Earl Miller on using predictive coding and deep neural networks to address fundamental questions in cognitive neuroscience. In 2018, he joined the Center for Mathematical Neuroscience and Psychology at City—University of London as an Assistant Professor (Lecturer). He is now an Associate Professor (Reader) at the same university and a Research Affiliate at MIT's Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department. Dimitris has received over 10 Fellowships from  Cambridge Isaac Newton Trust, Onassis Foundation, NATO, Bernstein Organization and others. He is also the recipient of several awards including an OCNS Award, a Smith-Rayleigh Prize of the University of Cambridge and  a Poincare Institute Award.  Dimitris' research has been funded by  US Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Picower Innovation Fund, UKRI, Innovate UK, Gambling Commission, EPSRC and the Wellcome Trust. It spans diverse areas including machine learning, the analysis of big data in neuroimaging, theoretical neurobiology and nonlinear systems in mathematical physics. Principal Investigator   (Plenary 4) 

Gina Poe

Gina R. Poe is an American neuroscientist specializing in the study of sleep and its effect on memory and learning. Her findings have shown that the absence of noradrenaline and low levels of serotonin during sleep spindles allow the brain to form new memories during REM, as well as restructure old memory circuits to allow for more learning during later waking periods. She currently works as a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Gina Poe has been working since 1995 on the mechanisms through which sleep serves memory consolidation and restructuring. Dr. Poe is a southern California native who graduated from Stanford University then worked for two post-baccalaureate years at the VA researching Air Force Test Pilots’ brainwave signatures under high-G maneuvers. She then earned her PhD in Basic Sleep in the Neuroscience Interdepartmental Program at UCLA under the guidance of Ronald Harper then moved to the University of Arizona for her postdoctoral studies with Carol Barnes and Bruce McNaughtons looking at graceful degradation of hippocampal function in aged rats as well as hippocampal coding in a 3-D maze navigated in the 1998 space shuttle mission. She brought these multiunit teachings to answer a burning question of whether REM sleep were for remembering or forgetting and found that activity of neurons during REM sleep is consistent both with the consolidation of novel memories and the elimination of already consolidated memories from the hippocampus, readying the associative memory network for new learning the next day. Moving first to Washington State University then to the University of Michigan before joining UCLA in 2016.  Research Interests: The Poe lab investigates the mechanisms by which sleep traits serve learning and memory consolidation. Memories are encoded by the pattern of synaptic connections between neurons. We employ tetrode recording and optogenetic techniques in learning animals to see how neural patterns underlying learning are reactivated during sleep, and how activity during sleep influences the neural memory code. Both strengthening and weakening of synapses is important to the process of sculpting a network when we make new memories and integrate them into old schema. Results from our studies suggest that while synaptic strengthening can be efficiently accomplished during the waking learning process, the synaptic weakening part of memory integration requires conditions unique to sleep. The absence of noradrenaline during sleep spindles and REM sleep as well as the low levels of serotonin during REM sleep allow the brain to integrate new memories and to refresh and renew old synapses so that we are ready to build new associations the next waking period. Memory difficulties involved in post-traumatic stress disorder, Schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease and even autism involve abnormalities in the sleep-dependent memory consolidation process that my lab studies. Keywords: Sleep, learning and memory, PTSD, memory consolidation, reconsolidation, REM sleep, sleep spindles, Norepinephrine, LTP, depotentiation, reversal learning, optogenetics, electrophysiology, tetrode recordings, hippocampus, prefrontal cortex. B.A., Human Biology, Stanford University; Ph.D., Neuroscience, UCLA  (Plenary 1)


Paavo Pylkkänen, University of Helsinki and University of Skövde Paavo Pylkkänen, Ph.D., is Senior Lecturer in Theoretical Philosophy and Director of the Bachelor’s Program in Philosophy at the University of Helsinki. Working as Vice Dean for Research in 2018-2020 he had the main responsibility for developing the new profiling area Mind and Matter: Foundations of Information, Intelligence and Consciousness for the University of Helsinki. His main research areas are philosophy of mind, philosophy of physics and their intersection. Pylkkänen has explored whether the problem of consciousness can be tackled in the framework of the new holistic and dynamic worldview that is emerging from quantum theory and relativity. He has in particular been inspired by the physicists David Bohm and Basil Hiley’s interpretation of quantum theory and has collaborated with both of them. He is also Associate Professor of Theoretical Philosophy (currently on leave) at the Department of Cognitive Neuroscience and Philosophy, University of Skövde, where he initiated a Consciousness Studies Program. (Plenary 3 & 12)

Dean Rickles

Dean Rickles is Professor of History and Philosophy of Modern Physics at the University of Sydney, where he is a director of the Sydney Centre for Time. His books include A Brief History of String Theory: From Dual Models to M-Theory (Springer, 2016); Covered in Deep Mist: The Development of Quantum Gravity, 1916-1956 (Oxford University Press, 2020); Life is Short: An Appropriately Brief Guide to Making it More Meaningful (Princeton University Press, 2022) and Dual-Aspect Monism and the Deep Structure of Meaning (co-authored with Harald Atmanspacher: Routledge, 2022). (Plenary 10)


Caleb Scharf

Caleb Scharf is a British-American astronomer and popular science author. He is currently the senior scientist for astrobiology at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. He formerly served as the director of the multidisciplinary Columbia Astrobiology Center at Columbia University, New York. (Plenary 9)



Philippe Schmitt-Kopplin

Prof. Ph. Schmitt-Kopplin performs tailored and comprehensive chemical profiling and metabolomics in the food-health continuum. He has a strong profile in analytical chemistry with a background in ecological and environmental chemistry (Prof. F. Korte, Prof. A. Kettrup). His interests are in integrating analytical approaches for complex molecular mixtures, combining (ultra)high resolution mass spectrometry, (µ)separation sciences, NMR-spectroscopy with chemometrics and (bio)informatics for the description of complex organic systems on a molecular level. A focus in the last decades was to implement ultrahigh resolution mass spectrometry into cross-Omics applications and for a rapid and robust tool for deep metabotyping and small molecules profiling in the fields of environment, food and health. His interdisciplinary studies are related to the interface of chemistry and biology. He is director of the research unit analytical BioGeoChemistry of the Helmholtz Munich and heads the Comprehensive Foodomics Platform at the Institute of analytical Food Chemistry of the Technische University Munich Germany. His interest in biotic and abiotic chemical processes lead him closer to the community of Molecular Evolution in Prebiotic Environments and he is involved in various sample return missions in the analytical teams with NASA and JAXA. (Plenary 9)

Bill Seager

William Edward Seager is a Canadian philosopher. Now retired, he spent his career as a professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto, Scarborough. His academic specialties lie in the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of science. He received his B.A. and his M.A. from the University of Alberta.

Books: The Routledge Handbook of Panpsychism, Editor, Routledge, 2020; Theories of Consciousness, 2nd Edition, Routledge, 2016; Natural Fabrications: Science, Emergence and Consciousness, Springer Frontiers Collection, 2012; Truth and Value: Essays for Hans Herzberger, Editor (with J. Tappenden and A. Varzi), University of Calgary Press, 2011; Theories of Consciousness, Routledge, 1999; Metaphysics of Consciousness, Routledge, 1991; The Leibniz Lexicon: A Dual Concordance to Leibniz’s Philosophische Schriften, Olms, 1988, (With R. McRae, R. Finster, G. Hunter, M. Miles). (Plenary 10)

Aaron Schurger

Aaron Schurger, is a cognitive neuroscientist who studies perception, attention, and consciousness, with an emphasis on threshold-level perceptual decision making. He also maintains a separate line of research on the spontaneous voluntary initiation of movement. More recently he has turned his attention towards theories of consciousness and trying to discern where they guide us and where they might lead us astray. His is co-author of a new book, with Adrien Doerig and Michael Herzog, entitled “Neuroscientific Theories of Consciousness: The Grand Tour” due out in Fall 2024 (Cambridge University Press). (Plenary 7)

SYMPOSIUM, Monday Evening,  April 22, 2024                              
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm - Kiva Ballroom
Integrated Information Theory of Consciousness - Christof Koch, Allen Institute, Tiny Blue Dot Foundation, Seattle; Giulio Tononi, U Wisconsin, Melanie Boly, U Wisconsin, Matteo Grasso, U Wisconsin. Moderated by Paavo Pylkkänen, U Helsinki & U Skövde 

Christof Koch, Ph.D., Chief Scientist and President, Allen Institute for Brain Science, Seattle, Washington and Chief Scientist of the MindScope Program. (Full bio under "Plenary")

This symposium will offer an introduction to Integrated Information Theory (IIT), its foundations, its empirical validations, and its implications. The first part will introduce IIT’s endeavor to study subjective experience objectively, highlighting its differences with respect to other approaches, and providing an overview of IIT 4.0’s core concepts and formalism. Then, we will illustrate how to apply this formalism to account for the qualitative content of experience such as the extendedness of visual space and the experience of the flow of time. We will then discuss IIT’s empirical predictions, testing, and validation in experimental settings. We will end by examining the implications of IIT for the dissociation between consciousness and artificial intelligence. 

Giulio Tononi is a neuroscientist and psychiatrist based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he holds chairs in sleep medicine and consciousness science. His scientific work on consciousness has centered on the development of the Integrated Information Theory, a comprehensive theory of what consciousness is, its neural substrate, what determines its quantity and quality, and how it can be measured. The theory accounts for why certain brain areas are critical for consciousness and has led to the development of practical measures for assessing the quantity of consciousness in both healthy humans and unresponsive patients. His work on sleep has led to the Synaptic Homeostasis Hypothesis, a comprehensive theory of the core function of sleep that is supported by a large amount of empirical evidence.


Melanie Boly is a neurologist and neuroscientist. She has worked for more than twenty years in the field of altered states of consciousness such as vegetative state, sleep and anesthesia, under the mentorship of Pr. Steven Laureys, Pierre Maquet, Adrian Owen, Marcello Massimini and Karl Friston. Dr. Boly’s research aims at combining neuroimaging techniques such as PET, functional MRI, TMS-EEG, and high-density EEG to a theoretical framework, Integrated Information Theory, hoping to uncover the neural mechanisms of the level and contents of consciousness in healthy subjects and neurological patients.

Matteo Grasso

Matteo Grasso is a Scientist based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After completing a PhD in Philosophy at Roma Tre University he worked as a postdoc at the University of Oxford, doing research on powers ontology and the metaphysics of consciousness. In 2018 he joined Giulio Tononi’s lab to contribute to the development of Integrated Information Theory (IIT). His research spans across philosophy and computational neuroscience and focuses on improving the formalism and theoretical underpinnings of IIT, exploring its metaphysical foundations and implications, and applying IIT to the study of the qualitative content of experience, with particular focus on the extendedness of space, the feeling of the flow of time, and the experience of objects as particular instances of general phenomenal concepts.

Experiential 2024 - early morning clinics

DEEPAK CHOPRA - Meditation - Conference Kickoff 
Tuesday, April 23, 2024 - 7:15-8:15 am (Kiva Plaza)
Deepak Chopra

DEEPAK CHOPRA MD, FACP, FRCP founder of the Chopra Foundation, a non-profit entity for research on well-being and humanitarianism, and Chopra Global, a modern-day health company at the intersection of science and spirituality, is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation. Chopra is a Clinical Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, San Diego and serves as a senior scientist with Gallup Organization. He is also an Honorary Fellow in Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. He is the author of over 95 books translated into over forty-three languages, including numerous New York Times bestsellers. For the last thirty years, Chopra has been at the forefront of the meditation revolution and his upcoming book, Quantum Body (Harmony Books, 12/5/23) delves into the innovative world of quantum science and shows how unlocking its secrets can revolutionize how we live and age – and, ultimately, how we can eradicate disease. TIME magazine has described Dr. Chopra as “one of their top 100 most influential people.”

MARK VALLADARES - TennisCentric Approach to Consciousness 
Wednesday 4/24, Thursday 4/25, Friday 4/26, Saturday 4/27  -7:15-8:15 am (Loews Tennis Courts) - Morning TennisCentric Clinics during the Conference week. Racquets available. 

Come out and enjoy an experiential study of consciousness in which Tennis is the medium for integrating mind and body. The on-court clinics include extremely brief discussions of how the content of TSC 2024 might inform our understanding of the different Tennis mindsets in the three stages of development: skill acquisition, training and play. For example, Penrose’s insight into quantum retro-activity is connected with the common feed-forward practice of chunking the follow-thru when learning a particular stroke. Could muscle memory be qualitatively nested in stable heteroclinic chains? In performance play we induce whole brain criticality with the dynamic instability of the ready position. All sets of players, levels etc are welcome. There will be a combination of drilling, instruction and Winnerless Competitions enabling attendees to simply unwind. Spectators are welcome to observe the dance of neural syntax from afar. In the tradition of the Maya... “Enter the Road at the Loews Ventana Canyon Ballcourt” (tho we will neither be accepting nor performing sacrifices at this time). Mark Valladares -  A Tennis Teaching Professional who studies Body and Brain Dynamics to inform skill acquisition, training and performance. Valladares’ experiential approach is coupled with an interdisciplinary survey of cognitive neuroscience, biology, tensegrity, fractal time and neural oscillations. His current work ties the Hard Problem to a quantifiable basis. He teaches at the Overland Park Racquet Club in Kansas City.  TennisCentric has been offered at the TSC conferences since 2016.  Mark is a graduate of  Amherst College with a  BA Neuroscience & English; Member, USPTA Elite/ PTR Pro

SOHAIL SHAKERI  - Rumi Healing  
Wednesday, 4/24 - 7:15-8:15 am  - Catalina JK

Sohail Shakeri is a Harvard-trained professor, healer, author, mystic and business consultant.  He has been immersed in the mystical teachings of Jalaluddin Rumi both existentially and intellectually since the dawn of the 21st century.  He has taught Philosophy, Humanities and Religious Studies at both the college and university levels.  His main interests lie in uncovering the essential spiritual truths lying behind our mainstream cultural narratives from a foundation of love and consciousness.  For more information about Professor Shakeri's healing work, you can find out more on his website,, or on Psychology Today.  To learn more about his Conscious Consulting work for corporate professionals, visit

HIDEHIKO SAEGUSA  - Global Spiritual Meditation 
Thursday, 4/25- 7:15-8:15 am  - Catalina KL
Hidehiko Saegusa

Hidehiko Saegusa is a professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, co-director of the Consciousness Science Laboratory at the California Institute of Human Sciences, and a member of the Board of Directors and Research Scientist at the Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona. He spent 15 years in India, where he trained in all kinds of spiritual practices and studied Indian philosophy. He studied Indian philosophy and achieved a profound awakening in the tenth year. As a professor, director, and board member of 3 universities, Hide has been at the forefront of consciousness science, neuroscience, and psychological studies of awakening and spirituality. A well-known spiritual teacher in Japan, Hide is also the Director of the largest school in Japan on Politics: Japan school of policy making. As an entrepreneur, Hide founded and currently runs Nirvana Stone Corporation, a successful wholesale gemstone and crystal company.

Soul Sickness & Soul Healing Techniques

Friday 4/26 & Sat. 4/27-7:15-8:15 am - Catalina KL

Master Zhi Gang Sha is a Tao grandmaster, healer, teacher, and author of 30 books, including 11 New York Times bestsellers and several others on the bestseller lists of the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Amazon. He has an MD degree in Western medicine from China and is also a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture. Master Sha has combined the essence of Western medicine with ancient wisdom to create Soul Mind Body Medicine®, Master Sha’s Soul Healing®, and Tao teachings to help humanity. He is a grandmaster of several Asian arts and in 2002 was named Qigong Master of the Year at the Fourth World Congress on Qigong. With the creation of Tao Calligraphy, he received the highest honors a Chinese calligrapher can receive, being appointed to the position of National Chinese Calligrapher Master as well as Honorable Researcher Professor by the State Ethnic Academy of Painting in Beijing, China. Master Sha founded the Tao Academy to share Tao wisdom and practices through classes, workshops, retreats, and training programs. He has trained thousands of teachers and practitioners worldwide and taught many students simple but powerful self-healing techniques. Through the Sha Research Foundation, he has sponsored scientific research studies that have shown the benefits of the Tao practices and Tao Calligraphy. For his original contributions, Master Sha® was named the Spiritual Innovator of the Year in 2020 by the International Association of Top Professionals. A renowned humanitarian, he founded the Love Peace Harmony Foundation and has received widespread recognition for his service to humanity, including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission Award for promoting world peace. 
Peter Hudoba  - Dr. Hudoba is a distinguished neurosurgeon and specialist in pain management and non-surgical spinal care. He received his medical degree from University of Komenskeho, Czechoslovakia in 1982 and practiced as a neurology resident at the University of Komenskeho. Dr. Hudoba relocated to Canada in late 80's and performed pioneering research at McMasters University in Neurosciences. Dr. Hudoba then went on to practice as a neurosurgery resident at University of Toronto before joining Royal University Hospital in Saskatchewan as a full staff neurosurgeon consultant. During this time period he also taught at the University of Saskatchewan as a professor and served as Head of Neurosurgical postgraduate programs there from 1999 to 2000. During his time at the University he established the Spinal Rounds program. Dr. Hudoba has received several awards including Excellence in Teaching Award from University of Saskatchewan and Thomas P. Morley Neurosurgical Resident prize from the University of Toronto. Dr. Hudoba has presented at many professional and educational conferences in Canada, the United States, United Kingdom, India, and other venues. He has served on a number of committees over the years, including Secretary of Neurosurgical Association of Saskatchewan, and was member of Council of Canadian Neurosurgery, American Association of Neurosurgical Surgeons and Society of Neurosurgical Surgeons. He has worked with the Sha Research Foundation for the last 17 years, initially as CEO and President and is currently as a Director of Research.  Research studies on soul healing by Dr. Peter Hudoba 
Rulin Xiu, Ph.D  - Dr. Rulin Xiu was educated as a theoretical physicist in UC Berkeley, receiving her doctoral degree for her work on string theory and Grand Unification Theory. After working in Houston Advanced Research Center and Harvard University, she founded Hawaii Theoretical Physics Research Center. Her life work and breakthrough research is on the Grand Unification Theory (GUT), a theory that derives the one mathematic formula from fundamental principle to explain everything. Her recent work is using a new way to understand quantum physics and apply it to study consciousness, soul, life, and medicine. Her cutting edge research helps integrate science and spirituality at the fundamental level.  Dr. Rulin Xiu is co-founder of Tao Science and co-author of the books, Tao Science and Soul Mind Body Science System, with Dr. and Master Zhi Gang Sha.  Some of Dr. Rulin Xiu’s research 


The Feldenkrais Method®: Curiosity, Moving and Awareness 

Roger Russell; Jeff Haller

Tuesday 4/22,  7:15 am - 8:15 am; Wednesday 4/23 - 7:15 - 8:15 am;  Friday 4/26, 7:15 am - 8:15 am       

Ventana Room - second floor - yoga mats provided

Roger Russell, MA, PT and Jeff Haller, Ph.D. - These early morning sessions will offer a practical experience in Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement® lessons. The lessons provide insight about how moving ourselves is the core of being conscious; offering unexpected discoveries of what you can do with your attention and movement capabilities. Contrary to most exercise systems Feldenkrais® lessons are opportunities to go slow, be easy with yourself and nuture your curiosity. You will find that most of your beliefs about your body, fitness and coordination seriously underestimate your potential for healthy movement. Furthermore, improving your subjective experience of moving enhances your consciousness of yourself, and surprisingly, shifts your engagement with other people.


Which is primary – Matter or Consciousness?  Does consciousness extend beyond the death of the body?  How does the quantum revolution influence our understanding of consciousness?  What are the implications of these questions for teaching about consciousness?  Consciousness Studies pushes the boundaries of what we think we know.  Learning about groundbreaking scientific research into consciousness requires openness to the unknown and challenges taken-for-granted assumptions.  This interactive workshop uses reflective inquiry, story-sharing, contemplation, and dialogue to uncover our assumptions about consciousness and the roots of those assumptions.  We then turn our collective inquiry to exploring what this means for how we show up in educational spaces.  


Conference Activities and Social Events TSC 2024
TSC 2024 our 30th Annual will include plenary sessions, in-depth workshops, concurrent presentations, poster sessions, book and technology exhibits, health & wellness exhibitors, tenniscentric. Free time for swimming, hiking, and other resort activities. Sabino Canyon is approx 3 miles from the Resort. 

The Science of Consciousness Conferences | since 1994

The Science of Consciousness (TSC) conferences are the pre-eminent world gatherings on all approaches to the profound and fundamental question of how the brain produces conscious experience, a question which addresses who we are, the nature of reality and our place in the universe.   

TSC conferences  have been held in Tucson since 1994, (every 2 years) and are recognized around the world. TSC International held its first conference in 1995 and continues in alternate years.

2024 Links 
ABSTRACTS -  open only to Plenary at this time. 
REGISTRATION - Conference (Eventbrite)

Please be sure to secure your conference registration so we can coordinate with your hotel reservation. Early Conference Registration through Feb. 10

LOEWS Ventana Canyon Resort - Group Reservation Link 
LOEWS Ventana Canyon Resort  - Tucson  $169 per night - Group Rate - The Deadline for this rate based on availability through March 29. Group Rates Cover Following Dates:  April 17 through May 1, 2024 - Conference CODE:  TSC330  Group Name:  The Science of Consciousness.  The Daily Resort Fee $34 is WAIVED for this group 

Loews Ventana Canyon, 7000 N. Resort Drive, Tucson, 85750 - 520-299-2020 -Loews Corporate 1-877-879-9979

aerial Loews

Loews Lobby

Loews Resort - See Video 

New Renovations (Canyon Grill, Pool, Barrista) 

Ventana Canyon Foothills

2024 EXHIBITORS  - set up begins Sunday evening April 21, 2024 -The demo-exhibitor area is very active between sessions, and during the 2 evening poster, demo sessions (Wed/Fri) and before and after the concurrent sessions (Tues, Wed, Fri)  It is in the main hotel space "Grand Ballroom Lobby" close to conference registration, gift shop, concurrents, workshops, etc. 

Packages can be sent ahead to our attention (within 10 days of the event) Space is 10x10 approx. Simple covered tables, black tablecloths will be set, lighting; large floor easels upon request. Lobby -main building, adjacent to ballrooms

If you need to rent AV (screens) please contact Abi -

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SESSION VIDEOS 2022  TSC-CCS YouTube Channel  
Program Book & Abstracts  TSC 2022   View 
Guest Interviews - TSC 2022 - Conscious Pictures  


20th Anniv and Assorted Videos

RetroMix of TSC Conferences

Consciousness Covid Online 2020

Penrose 2021 Nobel Prize - Intro Reel for TSC online program

Interview with Roger Penrose & Stuart Hameroff, ElsevierConnect, Feb 20, 2014 

Elsevier Interview with Nobel prize candidate Sir Roger Penrose and Stuart Hameroff, Amsterdam, Feb 19, 2014 

Join our E-list for Conference Updates  



Neuroscience Needs a Revolution to Understand Consciousness -ENCINITAS California - Summer Symposium  - August 18-20, 2023  (co-sponsors: CIHS & CCS)

Abstract Submissions - Encinitas -closed   Registration Eventbrite-closed
PROGRAM - Document - AUG 16 Final Program.docx

ACCEPTED ABSTRACTS - Doc- AUG 16 Abstracts by Acceptance Type Aug 16 Final Report Encinitas.docx

AUTHORS-AFFILIATIONS INDEX  - Document - AUG 16 Final Presenters + Affiliations Report Encinitas.docx


See YouTube “Playlists” 
Center for Consciousness Studies YouTube Channel: 
The Science of Consciousness Conferences and Special Programs: 2007-2023

The Tucson Conferences - Biennial    

Since 1994, the biennial series "Toward a Science of Consciousness" conferences now "The Science of Consciousness" are a landmark of international, interdisciplinary events sponsored by the University of Arizona devoted entirely to unlocking the mysteries of consciousness. They have explored the whole spectrum of approaches from philosophy of mind and cognitive science, to neurobiology, pharmacology, and molecular dynamics, phenomenological accounts, and physics. The aim is tolay a sound scientific foundation for future research

The Science of Consciousness (TSC) conferences are the pre-eminent world gatherings on all approaches to the profound and fundamental question of how the brain produces conscious experience, a question which addresses who we are, the nature of reality and our place in the universe. TSC conferences have been held in Tucson since 1994, (every 2 years) and are recognized around the world. TSC International held its first conference in 1995 and continues in alternate years.  

Videos TSC and CCS Programs-Archive
YouTube 1 The Science of Consciousness Conferences & Programs: 2010-2023
Channel 2: UofA Consciousness  additional 2012

Stuart Hameroff MD, Anesth   CCS Director - COM-UA website

Abi Behar Montefiore - asst dir, sr. program mgr

520-247-5785 text/messages


TSC 2018 




June 7th, 2023
15:00 - University of Oxford
Talk with Stuart Hameroff MD  
Mathematical Institute, Univ of Oxford Room L3 - Woodstock Rd. Oxford 
Neuroscience needs a revolution 





Stuart Hameroff MD - Professor, Anesthesiology and Psychology
Director, Center for Consciousness Studies, The University of Arizona, Tucson


Taormina TSC - Sicily
May 22-28, 2023

Palazzo dei Congressi

May 22-28, 2023 - TSC 2023 Taormina, Sicily, Italy 

NEW: Taormina Italy Videos 

Taormina Italy - TSC  2023 -May 22-28 - The Science of Consciousness YouTube Videos
PLENARY VIDEOS Taormina (31) - TSC 2023 Taormina YouTube  - Videos Page  


Palazzo dei Congressi


The Science of Consciousness (TSC) conferences have been held annually since 1994, alternating yearly between Tucson, Arizona in even-numbered years, and other locations around the world in odd-numbered years. TSC locations have included Italy, Denmark, Japan, Sweden, Czech Republic, Hungary, Hong Kong, India, California, Switzerland, and Finland.  The 29th annual TSC will return to Italy, to beautiful Taormina, on the island of Sicily, May 22-28, 2023, organized by Italian professors Riccardo Manzotti (IULM U), Antonio Chella (U Palermo) and Pietro Perconti (U Messina). TSC 2023 Taormina will be co-sponsored by the Center for Consciousness Studies, The University of Arizona, Tucson, Stuart Hameroff, Director. The first overseas TSC Conference in 1995 was on the island of Ischia, near Naples, Italy, organized by Cloe Taddei-Ferretti. We are excited to be returning to Italy. Abstracts may be submitted for oral concurrent talks, or posters.
Workshops    Keynote and Plenaries Concurrents    Posters
Contact: Registration - Anna Lucentini -
Contact at CCS - Abi Behar Montefiore -

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THE SCIENCE OF CONSCIOUSNESS  2022  Tucson  Hybrid  -TSC Apr 18-22



SESSION VIDEOS 2022  TSC-CCS YouTube Channel  

Program Book & Abstracts  TSC 2022     View | Download   
Guest Interviews - TSC 2022 - Conscious Pictures 
We held a  'hybrid' conference with both in-person, and remote online presentation and audience, live streamed. The live sessions and remote headquarters were held at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, Tucson, Arizona

TSC2022 - Plenary 1 - Sleep, Wakefulness & Anesthesia  Giancarlo Vanini, Matthew Larkum, Alex Proekt

TSC 2022 - Plenary 2 - Keynote 1 - Brain & Consciousness Christof Koch

TSC2022 - Plenary 3 - Brain Connectivity  Jean-Remi King, Zirui Huang, Anirban Bandyopadhyay

TSC2022 - Plenary 4 - Altered States of Consciousness  Emma Huels, Charlotte Martial, Elizabeth Krasnoff
TSC2022 - Plenary 5 - Keynote 2 - Psychedelics Robin Carhart-Harris

TSC2022 - Plenary 6 - Psychedelic Mechanisms George Mashour, Alex C. Kwan, Katrin Preller

TSC2022 - Plenary 7 - Time & Consciousness  Daniel Sheehan, Paul Davies, Sir Roger Penrose 

TSC2022 - Plen 8  Keynote 3  Avi Loeb

TSC2022 - Plenary 9 - Origins of Life Dante Lauretta, Sara Walker, Steen Rasmussen

TSC2022 - Plen 10 - Theories of Consciousness  Biyu J. He, Yuri B. Saalmann, Lucia Melloni

TSC2022 - Plenary 11 - Keynote 4   David Chalmers

TSC2022 - Plenary 12 - Quantum Neuroscience  Hartmut Neven,  Aarat Kalra, Travis Craddock

Stuart Hameroff 2021 - Quantum biology and consciousness

A 4-day online webinar with Sir Roger Penrose and guest speakers 

About the Webinar & Background links    

Videos (Day 1, 2, 3, 4) - YouTube 

Speaker Bios & Abstracts     

Program Schedule     

Intro Reel - Celebration Trailer - highlights 

Roger Penrose for the 4-day Symposium

hosted by the Center for Consciousness Studies - 2021 

Covid Consciousness - Remote 2020
Sept 14-18, 2020
The Science of Consciousness Online  Conference Sessions 
TSC 2020 - TSC Tucson Online Program  | Abstracts
Opening "Welcome"  Reel for Tucson Online 2020

Retro Mix - TSC Over the Years...(Abi’s) 2020


Sessions, Abstracts: 

Interlaken Switzerland June 25-28, 2019
2019 - TSC -  Interlaken Switzerland  
TSC 2019 - Interlaken Program Abstracts   
TSC 2019 - Consciousness Central - Interviews
TSC 2019 - VIDEOS 


2018 Conference Themes:
Are We Living in a Matrix-like Simulation? - Artificial Intelligence/Machine Consciousness
Consciousness, Pain and Addiction - Gene Editing and Consciousness
Binding, Integration and Synthesis of Consciousness - Brain Mapping and the Connectome
Anterior and Posterior Cortex: What's 'Hot' and What's Not? - Anesthetic and Psychoactive Drugs
Language and Consciousness - Non-Invasive Brain Modulation
Origin and Evolution of Life and Consciousness - Panpsychism, Idealism and Spacetime Geometry
Quantum Brain Biology  - Time, Free Will and Consciousness
Early Center Videos/Podcasts through 2016

apple itunes podcasts are being uploaded to our YouTube Channel


TSC -   The Science of Consciousness - San Diego


JUNE 5-10, 2017
Hyatt Regency Hotel - La Jolla - San Diego, California
2017  Plenary Sessions
                 Science of Consciousness                       

San Diego Conference
Additional Workshops

Roger Penrose, Joscha Bach, Harmut Neven
Thomas Bever, Michael Spivey, Noam Chomsky
Matthew Fisher, Travis Craddock
Vince Clark, John Allen, Marvin Berman, Michael Rohan
Ivette Fuentes, Brian Keating, James Tagg
Elaine Chew, Scott Makeig
Stephen Grossberg, Georg Northoff, Philip Low
Daniel Sheehan, Peter Fenwick, Lakhmir Chawla
Leon Chua, Jack Tuszynski
Gentry Patrick, VS Ramachandran, Charles Stevens
Anirban Bandyopadhyay, Jonathan Schooler, Erick Viirre
Xu Yingjin, Deepak Chopra*
Bruce Damer, Alysson Muotri, Stuart Hameroff

Additional Workshops:

*Dayalbagh Educational Institute DEI East West Forum - June 5, 2017
Brad Buhr and Noah Buhr, Photographers

Thank you to our sponsor Alvin J. Clark Foundation for support in making these videos available to the general public.


Additional Video with Speakers and Guests
Workshops - Videos

The Science of Consciousness, April 25-30, 2016 
2016  Co-Sponsors
Stuart Hameroff, Center for Consciousness Studies, Tucson
George Mashour, Center for Consciousness Science, Ann Arbor
Conference Director, Abi Behar Montefiore
Center for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona, Tucson
2016 -TSC April Tucson
Program Book
Conference Trailer 2016
TSC Playlist
Daily round up-


Is Carnival of the Mind
by George Johnson ​

"Dispatch from the Desert of Consciousness Research" Part 1
"Dispatch from the Desert of Consciousness Research" Part 2
"Dispatch from the Desert of Consciousness Research" Part 3
"Dispatch from the Desert of Consciousness Research" Part 4 
by John Horgan


2016/Conference Report. 226, All Roads Lead to Consciousness:

The Science of Consciousness, Tucson 2016. Logan T. Trujillo ...
Science of Consciousness TSC, Loews Ventana Canyon Hotel Tucson, Tucson -
April 25-30, 2016 
2016 - TSC -Media files

Final Announcement March 31, 2016
"The Science of Consciousness Asks Big Questions" April 12, 2016 AHSC Memo 
2016 Abstracts Program Book 
Consciousness Central TV Conference Trailer 2016
TSC Playlist Consciousness Central TV 
Nick Day, Host Daily round up  

20th Anniversary - 2014
April 21-26, 2014, Tucson
It was 20 years ago today
Toward a Science of Consciousness, Tucson AZ
Conscious Chronicles 4  Interview with Sir Roger Penrose and Stuart Hameroff  
2 0 1 4  Tucson ARIZONA
"Tucson X1" - April 21-26, 2014, Marriott - University Park
University of Arizona, co-chaired by
Stuart Hameroff and David Chalmers
Abi Behar Montefiore, Conference Manager
Toward a Science of Consciousness 
Organized & Hosted by the Center for Consciousness Studies 
Brain Mapping Symposium
UA College of Medicine Auditorium
Sponsored by The Center for Consciousness Studies

war of world views
Deepak Chopra
Leonard Mlodinow
Sue Blackmore
iTunes  - disabled 




Tucson Vintage - Archive-early days 1994-2007

Vimeo Selections: 

The Tucson Conferences - Biennial    

Since 1994, the biennial series "Toward a Science of Consciousness" conferences are a landmark of international, interdisciplinary events sponsored by the University of Arizona devoted entirely to unlocking the mysteries of consciousness. They have explored the whole spectrum of approaches from philosophy of mind and cognitive science, to neurobiology, pharmacology, and molecular dynamics, phenomenological accounts, and physics. The aim is to lay a sound scientific foundation for future research.

2012  Tucson ARIZONA   


2012, Toward a Science of Consciousness- The 10th Biennial, "Tucson X"  - April 9-14, 2012, Loews Ventana Canyon Resort   

2011 Stockholm SWEDEN

Program/Abstract Book

2010  Tucson ARIZONA
The 9th biennial  Toward a Science of Consciousness
2010, Toward a Science of Consciousness, "Tucson IX"   -
April 12-17, 2010, Tucson Convention Center

2010 Special Seminar - Microtubules




Oldies But Goodies

Moral Phenomenology



Consciousness in Copenhagen

Picture Slide Show by Robert van Gulick


2 0 0 8 Tucson ARIZONA
"Tucson VIII"  
April 8-12, 2008, Tucson Convention Center

artwork: Dave Cantrell, BioMed, AHSC, UMC

2006, Toward a Science of Consciousness,  "Tucson VII"  -April 4-8, 2006, Tucson Convention Center
2004, Toward a Science of Consciousness,   "Tucson VI"  -April 7-11, 2004, Tucson Convention Center
2002, Toward a Science of Consciousness,   "Tucson V"   -April 8-12, 2002, Tucson Convention Center
2000, Toward a Science of Consciousness,  "Tucson IV"  - April 10-15, 2000, Tucson Convention Center
1998, Toward a Science of Consciousness,   "Tucson III" -April 27-May 2, 1998, University of Arizona
1996, Toward a Science of Consciousness,   "Tucson II"  -April 8-13, 1996, University of Arizona
1994, Toward a Scientific Basis for Consciousness, "Tucson I"  -April 12-17, 1994, University of Arizona

Quantum Mind Conferences


Quantum Mind 1

Flagstaff, AZ 1999

Quantum Mind Conferences
Tucson, AZ 2003

Quantum Mind 2003

QM2 The second Quantum Mind conference was held in March 2003 at the Tucson Convention Center. - Over 300 participants attended.

1999 QM-1 Quantum Approaches Program

QM1 Quantum Mind Conference 1999 - The first Quantum Mind conference was held at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona in August 1999 Over 100 participants attended.

Quantum Mind List Serv Discussions - QuantumMind Archives

The Quantum Mind Archives documents the messages and
discussions that occurred via the Quantum Mind List Serv Discussions
that ran actively from 1998-2001.
Search or Browse the Archives 
Selected papers published by MIT Press
Toward a Science of Consciousness: The First Tucson Discussions and Debates,1996


Toward a Science of Consciousness
1996  "Tucson II"         
April 8-13, 1996
University of Arizona

Abstracts plus Reviews 


The first volume of Toward a Science of Consciousness is now considered a resource book for the emerging field. This volume presents a selection of invited ...


Complete program including abstracts/ Selected papers published by MIT Press 


Toward a New Science of the Mind:
Tucson 1996 consciousness


Co-Sponsored Conferences

Poetry Slam/Zombie Blues

Consciousness Bulletins


The Science of Consciousness Conferences and Special Programs - VIDEOS: 2007-2024