: The 12th Swiss Biennial on Science, Technics + Aesthetics, Lucerne Saturday, 20 January 2018. Topic: The Enigma of Human Consciousness

The 12th Swiss Biennial on Science, Technics + Aesthetics, Lucerne
Saturday, 20 January 2018. Topic: The Enigma of Human Consciousness

The Biennial has a great global reputation and is a unique interdisciplinary platform in the disciplines philosophy of mind, contemplative science, neuroscience, cognitive science, consciousness
studies, artificial intelligence, physics, metaphysics, and epistemology, and other disciplines (ecology and environment) as well as in the wide field of research about the benefits/effects of consciousness-expanding substances.

Confirmed speakers:
* Prof. Martin J. Rees, Baron Rees of Ludlow OM, PRS, Astronomer Royal, Trinity College, Cambridge, UK
* Prof. Dr. Marcelo Gleiser, Appleton Professor of Natural Philosophy, Theoretical Physics and Astronomy, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Dartmouth College, Hanover / NH ­ USA
* Prof. Dr. Donald D. Hoffman, Cognitive Sciences, University of California, Irvine, CA ­ USA
* Dr. B. Alan Wallace, Contemplative Sciences and Buddhism, Institute for Consciousness Studies, Santa Barbara, CA ­ USA
* Dr. Susana Bustos, Psychology and Amazonian Shamanism, California Institute of Integral Studies, East-West Psychology, San Francisco / CA ­USA
* Dr. Joanna Cook, Anthropology, The Laboratory for the Ethnography of the UK Department of Anthropology University of Cambridge ­ UK
* John Horgan, Science Writer and Author, Director, Center for Science Writings (CSW), Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken / NJ ­ USA
* Dr. Bernardo Kastrup, Philosopher, Computer Engineer, Entrepreneur, Independent Scholar, Veldhoven ­ NL

Chairpersons:

- Diego Hangartner, Pharm.D., Translator, Teacher, Practitioner, Founder, Institute of Secular Ethics and Mental Balance, Küsnacht - ZH, Switzerland

- Dr. Tania S. Re, Medical Anthropology and Ethnomedicine, Founder and Board Member, UNESCO Chair ³Health, Anthropology, Biosphere and Healing systems², University of Genoa ­ I

Panel discussion leader:

Steve Paulson, Executive Producer and Co-Founder of To the Best of Our Knowledge at Wisconsin Public Radio, Distinguished Scholar at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery


The Topic

In 1962 the US American biologist Francis O. Schmitt (1903 ­ 1995) started the Neurosciences Research Program (NRP) established with headquarters at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). What was then considered the last frontier of
science the brain and brain functions has, over more than five decades, turned into a research paradigm around the globe making massive progress: Today new scientific tools are enabling us to see what neurons are doing when we think certain thoughts.

The revolutionary impact of neuroscience on our understanding of the brain is undeniably impressive. At the same time, however, neuroscience has equally influenced our views on modern psychology, on the philosophy of science as well as on the philosophy of mind, which‹from a broader vantage point‹have been profoundly led astray by the dogmas of scientific materialism. Dying, for example, is for many today nothing more than the ending of brain function. And the idea of an inner self/subject or incorporeal realm of the mind with qualia is‹according to internationally acclaimed philosopher Daniel Dennett‹just a cognitive illusion.

Yet, is what Buddhist contemplatives have recognised and even have succeeded in coming to terms with over the past 2500 years, namely the ontology of the mental‹an irreducibly first-person ontology or the
subjectivity of consciousness‹just mumbo-jumbo? And are the very sophisticated ways of training attention and introspective skills that they have devised for probing deeply into the origins and nature of
consciousness only hocus-pocus? What is primary: The mind or the brain?

These are key questions of the 12th Swiss Biennal on Science, Technics and Aesthetics. They will be debated from the perspective of issues in philosophy of mind, contemplative science, neuroscience, cognitive
science, consciousness studies, artificial intelligence, physics, metaphysics, and epistemology as well as in the wide field of research about the effects of consciousness-expanding substances by keynotes, and
in sessions as well as in a panel discussion with renowned speakers from around the globe.


The 12th Swiss Biennial on Science, Technics + Aesthetics, Lucerne Saturday, 20 January 2018. Topic: The Enigma of Human Consciousness


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