Apprehending Consciousness

Saturday, March 7, 2015
2:30-4:30 pm

Past Event

Is science nearing an answer to the question of how and why consciousness and self-consciousness come about? In attempting to resolve the mystery of sentience, what roles do physics, psychology, psychoanalysis, and neuroscience play? How do various philosophical and religious traditions contribute to our inquiries into this obvious and everyday universal experience?


David Chalmers

Professor of Philosophy , New York University, and co-director of the Center for Mind, Brain, and Consciousness, New York University

David Chalmers is Professor of Philosophy and co-director of the Center for Mind, Brain, and Consciousness at New York University. He is best known for his work on consciousness, especially for his formulation of the “hard problem” of consciousness and his arguments against materialism. His 1996 book The Conscious Mind: In Search of a Fundamental… read more »

Karl Friston

Professor at the Institute of Neurology, University College London

Karl Friston is a theoretical neuroscientist and authority on brain imaging. He invented statistical parametric mapping (SPM), voxel-based morphometry (VBM) and dynamic causal modelling (DCM). These contributions were motivated by schizophrenia research and theoretical studies of value-learning – formulated as the dysconnection hypothesis of schizophrenia. Mathematical contributions include variational Laplacian procedures and generalized filtering for… read more »

Piet Hut

Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Institute for Advanced Study

Piet Hut has been Professor of Astrophysics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, since 1985, where he is currently the Head of the Program for Interdisciplinary Studies. One focus of Piet Hut’s research is computational astrophysics, in particular multiscale multiphysics simulations of dense stellar systems.  Another focus is interdisciplinary explorations in the… read more »

Gabrielle Jackson

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Stony Brook University

Gabrielle Benette Jackson received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Harvard University in 2011. Since then she has been the Andrew W Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto’s Jackman Humanities Institute, and a Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study’s School of Social Sciences in Princeton, New Jersey. She currently Professor of Philosophy at… read more »

Ken Paller

Professor of Psychology; Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Program, Northwestern University

Ken Paller conducts cognitive neuroscience research at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where he also serves as Director of the Training Program in the Neuroscience of Human Cognition. Ken’s collaborative research with his students and colleagues focuses on human memory, consciousness, and related issues. Recent research articles have examined sleep’s role in memory and memory… read more »

Nicholas Schiff

Director of the Laboratory for Cognitive Neuromodulation at Weill Cornell Medical College; Professor of Neuroscience, Neurology, and Public Health

Dr. Nicholas Schiff is Jerold B. Katz Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience, as well as Director of the Laboratory for Cognitive Neuromodulation, at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Schiff directs an integrative translational research program with a primary focus on understanding the process of recovery of consciousness following brain injuries. This research program links basic… read more »

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