UNDERSTANDING CONSCIOUSNESS: a scientific quest for the 21st century
On behalf of the Human Brain Project, we are pleased to invite scientists, physicians, and students to join HBP’s first large international conference devoted to the understanding of consciousness. The conference is open to all who are interested in this topic.
This is the first in a series of large, HBP international conference and will take place in central Barcelona, during two full days, on June 21-22, 2018. The conference will focus on fundamentals and theory, computational models, and clinical-societal implications of consciousness research.
How does our subjective experience emerge from the brain? How does consciousness relate to the physical world? These age-old, deep questions are now at last being addressed directly and broadly by neuroscience and will become crucial in the decades to come.
The spectrum of consciousness-related conundrums is rapidly expanding: we are saving islands of human brain from devastating injuries, growing cerebral organoids in a vat, and building intelligent machines that perform faster and better than any healthy subject, just to mention a few.
Where does consciousness arise? Where is the boundary between insentient matter and a spark of subjectivity? Society needs to be scientifically and culturally prepared to face these emerging questions.
To do so, an approach with the broadest scope is needed: diverse theoretical frameworks, brain anatomy, physiology, and chemistry across scales and species, detailed and large-scale computer simulations, deep learning, neuromorphic computing, robotics, clinical neurology, anaesthesiology, psychology, behavioural, computational, and philosophical analysis must interact and blend on a single infrastructure.
These ingredients are naturally present in the Human Brain Project, and this workshop, stirred by world-leading scholars in the field, is where they come together for the first time in this multidisciplinary setting.
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