Since it began in 1994, the Science of Consciousness conference in Tucson AZ, has become the world’s largest consciousness-focused conference. Founded by philosopher David Chalmers and anesthesiologist Stuart Hameroff, its popularity and prestige reflects the growing academic recognition of the mystery presented by the conscious mind. Among the diverse views of its attendees and speakers, there is a decidedly growing openness toward deeper views of the mind.
Did you know that humans and sponges share a similar range of genes (Srivastava et al., 2010)? There is also a remarkable similarity in the sequences of the genes. How is it that there is such a big difference between humans and sponges when humans are so much more complex? Recent research shows that genes themselves are not the source of our complexity; rather it is in the regulation of gene expression that the difference lies.
The biennial Science of Consciousness Conference in Tucson, Arizona is a convocation of academics and researchers hosted by University of Arizona’s Center for Consciousness Studies. This venerable conference is known for its support of a rigorous scientific and interdisciplinary approach to the study of consciousness. It includes not only plenary speakers and panels, but also exhibits, demos, and other experientials.
IONS intern Adrian David Nelson met up with Gabriel Guerrer, a physicist and former researcher at CERN, during the Foundations of Mind conference in Berkeley. Gabriel recently visited IONS, preparing a replication of experiments at IONS exploring quantum measurement and consciousness. During their interview Gabriel shared his fascinating journey from particle physics to exploring the mystery of consciousness.
”The elements of sport that I have just described are present in other transformative practices, but in the context of sports they evoke a greater range of physical abilities than are produced by any other family of disciplines. In the service of integral practices, they can, I believe, evoke a still greater range of capacities.”
Michael Murphy from Future of the Body
What led Dacher Keltner, renowned UC Berkeley psychology professor and director of the university’s Greater Good Science Center, to focus on the little-studied emotion of awe?
This feeling we get in the presence of something vast “was so tightly connected to things that have changed my life—the Sierras, art, great music, radically different cultures—and it was a scientific unknown,” Keltner says.