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Topics to be covered in the proceedings include biophysics, quantum biology, neuroscience, culture and experiential phenomena.
Welcome to ‘Toward a Science of Consciousness’, the eighteenth annual international, interdisciplinary conference on the fundamental question of how the brain produces conscious experience. Sponsored and organized by the Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona, this year’s conference is supported by the Perfjell Foundation of Sweden and its President, Mr. Christer Perfjell.
Toward a Science of Consciousness (TSC) is the largest and longest-running interdisciplinary conference emphasizing broad and rigorous approaches to the study of conscious awareness. Topical areas include neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, biology, quantum physics, meditation and altered states, machine consciousness, culture and experiential phenomenology. Held annually since 1994, the TSC conferences alternate yearly between Tucson, Arizona and various locations around the world. We are delighted to bring the TSC 2011 to the beautiful city of Stockholm, Sweden and the historic Aula Magna Hall.
The first conference was held in 1994 in Tucson and continues to be held in Tucson in even-numbered years, alternating with TSC conferences in collaboration with groups in various locations around the world: 1995-lschia, Italy; 1997-Elsinore, Denmark; 1999-Tokyo, Japan; 2001-Skovde, Sweden; 2003-Prague, Czech Republic; 2005-Copenhagen, Denmark, 2007-Budapest, Hungary; 2009-Hong Kong, China; 2011- Stockholm, Sweden.
TSC conferences continue to bring together various fields approaching the issue of consciousness from different perspectives, orientations and methodologies. These include neuroscience, philosophy, medicine, physics, biology, psychology, anthropology, contemplative and experiential traditions, arts, culture, humanities and others. TSC aims to integrate these disciplines, bridge gaps and pursue relevant details without blind alleys. Stockholm and Aula Magna Hall have austere, esteemed and respected scientific traditions on which we hope to build new advances and understanding of this age-old question reflecting on who we are, the nature of existence, and our place in the universe.
As in previous years, we expect hundreds of participants and presenters from 65 countries on 6 continents. Included are: Pre- and Post-Conference Workshops, 14 Plenary or Keynote sessions, 40 Concurrent talk sessions, 2 Poster sessions, 3 Art-Tech Interactive sessions, our traditional Consciousness Poetry Slam/Talent Show, optional Thursday Dinner Boat Cruise Dinner Destination, and the End-of-Consciousness Party. The TSC Conference, Center for Consciousness Studies and The Perfjell Foundation wish to thank members of the Program Committee, CCS-TSC Assistant Director Abi Behar Montefiore for her conference management and editorial direction, SBS web guru Ed Xia and the team at Arizona Health Sciences Center Biomedical Communications: artwork/illustration David Cantrell. graphic design Roma Krebs, and web development/support Michael Griffith.