Annual Online Consciousness Conference

For those interested in discussing questions of consciousness: the Second Annual Online Consciousness Conference has been scheduled for February 19th-March 15h. The conference format is as follows: papers/commentary by invited commentators will become available two weeks before the conference (on February 5th). During the conference, the authors of the posted papers will discuss their papers with conference attendees in the online comments sections. Session topics include: Higher Order Consciousness, State of the Art in Brain Decoding, Inner Psychophysics: Correlates, Causes and the Neurobiology of Consciousness, Color Consciousness Conceptualism, Ghosts and Sparse Properties and many other.

Not being too familiar with researchers in the field of consciousness, I only recognize David Chalmers among the list of invited commentators. The full lists of the session topics and invited commentators is available online.

The host blog, Conciousness Online, was founded by Richard Brown. According to their website, the goal of the blog is:

" to bring consciousness researchers together in an online venue to promote widespread discussion and exchanging of views/data related to the scientific and philosophical study of consciousness, broadly construed."


Astra Bryant

Astra Bryant is a graduate of the Stanford Neuroscience PhD program in the labs of Drs. Eric Knudsen and John Huguenard. She used in vitro slice electrophysiology to study the cellular and synaptic mechanisms linking cholinergic signaling and gamma oscillations – two processes critical for the control of gaze and attention, which are disrupted in many psychiatric disorders. She is a senior editor and the webmaster of the NeuWrite West Neuroblog