Colloquiums on Consciousness and Science

Since 1990, this colloquium has provided the opportunity for students and research scholars from the San Francisco Bay Area campuses to assemble together and hear from eminent scholars on the latest research in the growing field of consciousness studies. The presentations have been made from established academic disciplines involved in the scientific study of consciousness such as cognitive science, artificial intelligence, psychology, neurosciences, physics, biology, philosophy etc. We have also arranged these meetings to serve as an open forum for the generation of innovative ideas conducive to the development of this field while maintaining rigorous academic standards.

The meetings started immediately in the wake of an international conference organized by the institute on The Study of Consciousness Within Science in San Francisco in 1990. The meetings have been held at the University of California, San Francisco since then. Participants come from all over the San Francisco Bay Area. Some enthusiasts have occasionally come from as far as away as Oregon. They enjoy the lecture for one hour and then engage in a formal question answer session for another hour. A half hour social preceding the function also provides ample opportunity for informal discussions.

Past speakers include Henry Stapp, Joe Kamiya, Amit Goswami, Nick Herbert, Ravi Gomatam, Benjamin Libet, Walter Freeman, Gunther Stent, John Smythies, Bruce Bridgeman, John Searle, Fred Dretske, Colin McGinn, David Chalmers and Stanley Klein. A veritable who-is-who of researchers in this fast emerging new field.

Audio tapes from past meetings are available on request.

Past Speakers in the Consciousness & Science Discussion Group

What is Niels Bohr's Interpretation?

Ravi V. Gomatam, Director, Bhaktivedanta Institute
May 10, 2002

Libet's Time Anomalies: A New Look at the Data and Interpretations

Benjamin Libet and Stanley Klein
February 18, 2000

Can Computers Think?

Robert E. Horn, Visiting Scholar, Center for the Study of Language and Information, Stanford
Russell McBride, Instructor in Philosophy, Alameda College
May 14, 1999

Quantum Mechanics and the Subject-Object Distinction

Edward MacKinnon, Professor of Philosophy (Retd.), California State University, Hayward
April 9, 1999

Can There be a Mathematics of the Mind?

Prof. Keith Devlin, Dean of the School of Science, St Mary's College, Moraga
Senior Researcher, Center for the Study of Language and Information, Stanford University
March 5, 1999

Quantum Creativity

Amit Goswami, Dept. of Physics, Univ. of Oregon
December 4, 1998

The Puzzle of Consciousness

David Chalmers, Professor of Philosophy, U.C. Santa Cruz
December 6, 1996

The Quantum Paradigm and its Implications

George Weissmann, Ph.D., Berkeley
June 7, 1996

Psychophysics and Consciousness

Stanley A. Klein, Professor of Vision Science, School of Optometry, U. C. Berkeley
March 15, 1996

Vital Forces, Epigenetic Biology and Other Limits to Genetic Thinking in Biology and Medicine

Richard Strohman, Professor Emeritus, Cell & Molecular Biology, University of California, Berkeley
November 10, 1995

Science within Consciousness

Amit Goswami, Professor of Physics, Institute of Theoretical Science, University of Oregon, Eugene
September 15, 1995

Time, Consciousness, and the Quantum: Three Mysteries with a Common Origin?

Avshalom C. Elitzur, Department of Chemical Physics The Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
July 28, 1995

Consciousness and Space

Colin McGinn, Department of Psychology, Rutgers University, New Jersey
March 17, 1995

Quantum Coherence/ Reduction in Brain Microtubules: A Model of Consciousness

Stuart Hameroff, M.D. Dept. of Anesthesiology, University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, Tucson, Arizona
October 21, 1994

A Functional View of Consciousness

Bruce Bridgeman, Program in Expermental Psychology, U.C. Santa Cruz
September 9, 1994

Is Materialism Scientific? A Critique of the Mind/Brain Identity Theory

Roland Puccetti, Retired Prof. Emeritus of Philosophy, Dalhousie Univ., Canada
May 13, 1994

Elemental Mind: Human Consciousness and the New Physics

Nick Herbert, Physicist, Boulder Creek, California
February 25, 1994

Consciousness in the Sign Language of Cross-Fostered Chimpanzees

Beatrix T. Gardner, R. Allen Gardner, Departments of Psychology and Biology; Center for Advanced Study
University of Nevada, Reno
January 21, 1994

Panel Discussion on John Searle's the Rediscovery of the Mind

Paul M. Churchland, Dept of Philosophy, U.C. San Diego
John Searle, Dept of Philosophy, U.C. Berkeley
Stanley Klein, School of Optometry, U.C.
Berkeley Bruce Mangan, Institute of Cognitive Science, U.C. Berkeley
October 1, 1993

What Children Can Tell Us About Consciousness

Alison Gopnik, Department of Psychology, Univ. of Calif., Berkeley
May 14, 1993

The Cortical Record of Learned Behaviors and Memories; Ontogeny of Complex Human Behaviors

Michael M. Merzenich, Department of Neurosciences , Univ. of Calif., San Francisco
April 9, 1993

Consciousness as Reflection Space

Saul-Paul Sirag, PhD.
March 25, 1993

The Place of a Consciousness Metaphor in Science

Willis W. Harman, Institute of Noetic Sciences
January 8, 1993

What Makes a Mental State Conscious?

Fred Dretske, Philosophy Department, Stanford University
December 11, 1992

Role of Consciousness in Quantum Mechanics

Ravi V. Gomatam, Philospohy of Science, Bhaktivedanta Institute
November 13, 1992

The Poverty of Neurophilosophy

Gunther Stent, Dept. of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley
October 9, 1992

Alternatives to Molecular Mechanistic Thinking in Biology and Cancer

Harry Rubin, D.V.M., Dept. of Cell and Developmental Biology, Univ. of California, Berkeley
September 24, 1992

Idealist Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics, the Mind-Body Problem, and the Nature of the Self

Amit Goswami, Department of Physics, University of Oregon
August 14, 1992

A Panel Discussion on Daniel Dennett's Book: "Consciousness Explained"

Panelists: Michael Fehling, Laboratory for Intelligent Systems, Stanford University
Bruce Mangan, Institute of Cognitive Studies, University of California at Berkeley
Richard Thompson, Mathematical Biology, Bhaktivedanta Institute
Bernard Baars, Cognitive Psychology, Wright Institute, Berkeley
June 19,1992

A biological perspective on consciousness and perception

Walter J. Freeman, M.D., Dept. of Molecular and Cell Biology, U.C. Berkeley
March 13, 1992

The Representation of Global Coherence in Consciousness

Bruce Mangan, Institute of Cognitive Studies, University of California at Berkeley
February 14, 1992

The Rheomode of Language of David Bohm: An Alternative Perspective on Consciousness and Cognition

Maxim I. Stamenov, Ph.D., Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria
December 13, 1991

Lucid dreaming: Psychophysiological studies of Consciousness During REM Sleep

Stephen LaBerge, The Lucidity Institute, Stanford, CA
November 8, 1991

Computation and Mind

Hans J. Bremermann, Prof. Emeritus, Biophysics and Mathematics, U.C. Berkeley, CA
October 11, 1991

What a theory of ordinary states of consciousness might suggest about higher states

Bernard J. Baars, The Wright Institute, Berkeley, CA
September 13, 1991

Time in Physics and Metaphysics

(i) Time in physics Jean Burns, Ph.D., Consciousness Research, San Leandro
(ii) Time in eastern metaphysics Ravi V. Gomatam, Philosophy of Science, Bhaktivedanta Institute
August 9, 1991

Intracranial Evidence for Associative Activation in Human Hippocampus

Gary Heit, M.D., Ph.D., Stanford University
May 10, 1991

Questions we can ask about the relationship of consciousness and the physical world

Jean Burns, Ph.D., Consciousness Research, San Leandro, California
April 12, 1991

The Cerebral 'time-on' Theory for Conscious and Unconscious Mental Functions

Benjamin Libet, Dept. of Physiology, U.C. San Francisco
March 8, 1991

Hard Evidences for Mind/Brain Interaction

Richard L. Thompson, Mathematical Biology, Bhaktivedanta Institute
February 8, 1991

Healing, Holography and the Body/Mind Experience

Robert Marrone, Psychology, C.S.U. Sacramento
January 11, 1991

Brain and Consciousness

John R. Smythies, M.D., Institute of Neurology, Univ. of London
December 14, 1990

Foundational Issues in Artificial Intelligence

Ravi V. Gomatam, Philosophy of Science, Bhaktivedanta Institute
November 9, 1990

Basic Requirements for a Science of Consciousness

Joe Kamiya, Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute, Univ. of Calif., San Francisco
October 12, 1990

Quantum Mechanics and the Mind/Brain Connection

Henry Stapp, Department of Physics, U.C., Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley Lab.
September 14, 1990