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Eben Alexander: American neurosurgeon and the author of the book Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife, in which he describes his 2008 near-death experience and asserts that science can and will determine that heaven does exist.
PhD Parapsychology, English freelance writer, lecturer, sceptic and broadcaster on psychology and the paranormal. She is best known for her book The Meme Machine and has contributed to over 40 books and 60 scholarly articles.
Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Consciousness at the Australian National University and Professor of Philosophy at New York University. Chalmers is best known for his formulation of the notion of a hard problem of consciousness and the logical possibility of philosophical zombies.
Indian-born American public speaker, physician and Founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing in Carlsbad, California. Chopra has authored more than 80 books translated in over 43 languages, including 22 New York Times bestsellers, and is one of the best-known figures in the holistic-health and new age movement.
Canadian-American philosopher and author noted for her contributions to neurophilosophy and the philosophy of mind. Awarded the MaCarthur Fellowship in 1991, she is UC President's Professor of Philosophy Emerita at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).
French Neuroscientist, author, professor at the Collège de France and director of INSERM Unit 562 "Cognitive Neuro-imaging." Awarded the James S. McDonnell Foundation Centennial Fellowship in 1999 for his work on "Cognitive Neuroscience of Numeracy," and the Louis D. Prize from the Institut de France, 2003 and the European Brain Prize in Winter, 2014.
American philosopher, writer and cognitive scientist whose research centers on the philosophy of mind, science and biology. He is currently the Co-director of the Center for Cognitive Studies, the Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy, and a University Professor at Tufts University. Dennett is referred to as one of the "Four Horsemen of New Atheism", along with Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and the late Christopher Hitchens.
American Anesthesiologist and professor at the University of Arizona Center of Consciousness Studies. He was the lead organizer of the first Tucson Toward a Science of Consciousness which hosts meetings on the study of consciousness every two years, as well as sponsoring seminars on consciousness theory. He collaborated with Sir Roger Penrose in formulating the orchestrated objective reduction (Orch-OR) model of consciousness.
American researcher and author in the field of parapsychology. He has been Senior Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) in Petaluma, California since 2001 and is on the Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Psychology at Sonoma State University, on the Distinguished Consulting Faculty at Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center, and former President of the Parapsychological Association. He is also co-editor-in-chief of the journal Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing.
American philosopher and current Slusser Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. Widely noted for his contributions to the philosophy of language, philosophy of mind and social philosophy He received the Jean Nicod Prize in 2000; the National Humanities Medal in 2004; and the Mind & Brain Prize in 2006. Among his notable concepts is the "Chinese room" argument against "strong" artificial intelligence.
English biologist, scientist, author, public speaker and researcher in the field of parapsychology, known for his "morphic resonance" concept. Noted for his 2012 controversial book, “Science Set Free” which received the Book of the Year Award from the British Scientific and Medical Network and related TED talk.
'The Science of Consciousness' (TSC) is the world's largest and longest-running interdisciplinary conference on all aspects of the nature of conscious experience, awareness, feelings and existence. Questions include how the brain produces consciousness, whether consciousness is intrinsic to the universe, or an epiphenomenal illusion, how consciousness can causally affect brain processes, what are the best empirical theories, do we have free will, how did life and consciousness originate and evolve, what are the origins of moral and aesthetic values, how can we improve mental, physical and cognitive function, and can consciousness persist after bodily death, e.g. through 'uploading' to machines, or via mental processes tied to the natural world? These and other relevant questions are approached through many disciplines in science, philosophy, culture and contemplative practices. Founded and organized by the Center for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona inTucson.