Announcing ‘The Science of Consciousness’ online conference, 2021
Debating | Consciousness
Prof. dr. Sarah Durston | 2021-10-03
Every year Essentia Foundation organizes an online conference featuring some of the world’s leading scholars, scientists and academics, on a topic relevant to ontological idealism. This year, we are delighted to focus on The Science of Consciousness, in a very special edition of the conference organized by Prof. dr. Sarah Durston. We’re even more delighted to count as our partners, this time, the Sentience and Science Foundation and the Institute for Advanced Study of the University of Amsterdam.
One of the greatest questions we face is the nature of consciousness. Currently, the most widely accepted scientific framework is materialism: the idea that the world around us and everything in it, including ourselves, arises from the interplay of underlying material substances. Within this framework, consciousness is the result of brain processes. Yet, materialist neuroscience has not yet been able to pinpoint consciousness in the brain. Furthermore, the materialist framework does not explain the phenomenon of subjective experience and leaves no room for human values, including meaning, compassion and humanity. At this conference, we will explore different metaphysical frameworks that include materialism, but also alternatives such as idealism, which may contradict or complement materialism.
The Conference will take place on November 2nd and 4th 2021, online, from 2:00 to 5:00 PM CET. Each session will include presentations by renowned speakers and a panel session, with opportunity for questions from, and debate with, the audience.
14:00 Does the evidence indicate that experience is (generated by) brain activity?
Dr. Bernardo Kastrup, author and director of Essentia Foundation
14:35 Consciousness: flexibility, risk factor, wisdom
Prof.dr. Henk Barendregt, emeritus professor of mathematical logic, Radboud University
15:10 The predictive mind
Prof.dr. Heleen Slagter, professor of brain, cognition and plasticity, Free University Amsterdam
15:45 An introduction to Panspiritism: How Fundamental Consciousness Becomes Individual Consciousness
Dr. Steve Taylor, author and lecturer at Leeds Beckett University
16:20 Panel Discussion
14:00 Emergence in the Universe & the Human Mind
Prof.dr. Erik Verlinde, professor of theoretical physics, University of Amsterdam
14:35 Blobs of order: being in between below above
Dr. Esmee Geerken, Arts Science fellow, UvA Institute for Advanced Study
15:10 Higher Dimensions of Consciousness?
Dr. Jacob Jolij, author and lecturer at Groningen University
15:45 Consciousness as relational
Dr. Iain McGilchrist, author, psychiatrist and former Oxford literary scholar
16:20 Panel Discussion
There will be no registration to watch the conference. Instead, we’ve increased our server capacity to up to 500 people watching live.
Click here to watch the conference’s first day (2 November 2021).
And here to watch the second day (4 November 2021).