Speakers and Bios Below

(Kiva Ballroom)

April 2 - April 7, 2018


Monday – APRIL 2, 2018

Plenary 1 (PL1)      (Kiva Ballroom)

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm    

Consciousness, Evolution and Language

Jean-Pierre G. Changeux, Collège de France and Institut Pasteur    

Noam Chomsky, University of Arizona                               


Thomas Bever, University of Arizona                  

Massimo Piattelli Palmarini, University of Arizona


Tuesday - APRIL 3, 2018

Plenary 2 (PL2) 

2:00 pm - 4:10 pm   

Consciousness and Psychedelics

Robin Carhart Harris, Imperial College, London    

Jimo Borjigin, University of Michigan       

Anil K. Seth, University of Sussex


Wednesday - APRIL 4, 2018

Plenary 3  (PL3)

8:30 am -10:40 am 

Language and Our Inner Voice

Charles Fernyhough, Durham University               

Riny Huijbregts, Utrecht University   

Andrea Moro, IUSS School for Advanced Studies  


Plenary 4 (PL4)

11:10 am - 12:30 pm 

Cognitive & Consciousness Enhancement Technology

Pattie Maes, MIT Media Lab

Steven Gullans, Cleveland Clinic, Excel Venture Management


Plenary 5 (PL5)

2:00 pm to 4:10 pm

Neural Correlates of Consciousness: Where, When and How?        

George Mashour, University of Michigan                                           

Yan Xu, University of Pittsburgh

Marine Vernet, NIMH/NIH       


Thursday - April 5, 2018

8:30 am - 10:40 am

Physics and Consciousness I

Lucien Hardy, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics                  

Robert Alfano, City College of New York  

Christoph Simon, University of Calgary     

Plenary 7 (PL7)

11:10 am - 12:30 pm 

Brain Scale and Harmony

Paul Verschure, SPECS, Barcelona Institute of Science

Selen Atasoy, University of Oxford

Plenary 8 (PL8)

2:00 pm - 4:45 pm 

Steen Rasmussen, University of Southern Denmark, Sante Fe Institute

Stuart Kauffman, Sante Fe Institute           

Sara Walker, Arizona State University

Bruce Damer, UC Santa Cruz 


Friday - April 6, 2018

8:30 am - 10:40 am  

Physics and Consciousness II    

George F.R. Ellis, University of Cape Town 

Anirban Bandyopadhyay, NIMS, Japan, IIIR, India

Sir Roger Penrose, Oxford University

Plenary 10 (PL10)

11:10 am to 12:30 pm 

Keynote The ‘Meta-Problem’ of Consciousness        

David Chalmers, New York University       

Plenary 11 (PL11)

2:00 pm  - 4:10 pm 

Idealism and Panpsychism

Deepak Chopra, Chopra Foundation, UCSD    

Hedda Hassel Morch, New York University

Stuart Hameroff, University of Arizona      


Saturday - April 7, 2018

9:00 - 11:10 am 

How Do Anesthetics Act to Selectively Prevent Consciousness?   

M. Bruce MacIver, Stanford University         

Robert Pearce, University of Wisconsin

Rod Eckenhoff, University of Pennsylvania

Travis Craddock, Nova Southeastern University

Plenary 13 (PL13)

12:00 pm to 1:20 pm 

Ladan Shams, UCLA             

Anthony Hudetz, University of Michigan 


Plenary 14 (PL14)

2:30 pm - 4:40 pm 

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Consciousness                

Paul Werbos, Retired - National Science Foundation            

David Hanson, Hanson Robotics 

Julia Mossbridge, IONS  

Sophia the Humanoid Hanson Robot