The Science of Consciousness (TSC) Conference will be held from April 2-7, 2018 at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson. This interdisciplinary conference emphasizes broad and rigorous approaches to all aspects of the study and understanding of conscious awareness. Topics include neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, biology, quantum physics, meditation, altered states, machine consciousness, the nature of reality, culture and experiential phenomenology.
Held annually since 1994, the conference is hosted by the Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona, and alternates yearly between Tucson, Arizona and various locations around the world.
Around 700 researchers from around the word attend, including popular authors such as Deepak Chopra.
The opening plenary session of the 2018 conference – “Consciousness, Evolution and Language: An Evening with Noam Chomsky and Jean-Pierre Changeux” – is free. The event will be held on Monday, April 2 from 7 -9:30 PM in the Kiva Ballroom at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. Registration is required here. The session password is TSC1234.
Chomsky, laureate professor in the University of Arizona Department of Linguistics and Agnese Nelms Haury Chair, and Changeux, award-winning neuroscientist, molecular biologist and geneticist at the Collège de France and Institut Pasteur in Paris, will discuss contrasting views on the nature of consciousness, language, rational thought, and learning in relation to brain processes and structures.
Commentary, perspectives, and questions from the audience will be facilitated by UA linguists Thomas Bever and Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini.
Bever – who is a Regents’ Professor of linguistics, psychology, cognitive science, and neuroscience – was one of the chairs of the programming committee for this year’s conference. He is also the vice-director of the Center for Consciousness Studies.