Main Theme: The Human Mind and Physicalism
The principle theme of the conference will be "the human mind and physicalism." Physicalism (also called scientific materialism) is the claim that all of reality, including the human mind, is physical. This reductive claim will be examined from the point of view of physics, neuroscience, computer science, mathematical logic, philosophy, and other disciplines. While this the principle theme of the conference, talks and poster presentations will be on other topics as well.
Venue: The conference will be held at the Catholic Unversity of America. Talks willl be in the Przyzbyla Great Room of the Pryzbyla University Center. The evening dinners and receptions will be in Heritage Hall (which is in Father O'Connell Hall).
Conference Schedule: See the detailed Conference Schedule HERE.
Meals and Lodging: Meals will be provided at the conference and covered by the registration fee. Lodging will be available on the CUA campus in comfortable dorm rooms (for $50 per night) and at a local hotel.
Registration: Any member of the Society of Catholic Scientists may register for and attend the conference, as may any "Scholar Associate of the SCS." It is expected that there will be sufficient space for as many SCS members as wish to attend. SCS members and Scholar Associates of SCS will be sent an e-mail explaining how to register. (If you have not received such an e-mail, contact Stephen M. Barr at firstname.lastname@example.org) The deadline for registering is May 24, 2018. The registration fee is $150 per person ($90 for students). In addition to SCS members and Scholar Associates of the SCS, there will be a limited number of invited guests.
Confirmed Speakers (Biographies of Speakers) in alphabetical order.
Stephen M. Barr (Univ. of Delaware): "The Role of the Observer in Quantum Mechanics"
Michael B. Dennin (UC Irvine) "Poetic Naturalism Versus Nonphysical Reality"
Edward Feser (Pasadena City College): "Arguments for the Immateriality of the Mind"
Peter Koellner (Harvard University), "On the Question of Whether the Mind Can be Mechanized"
Kara D. Lamb (NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory, Boulder, CO) "Integral ecology as a restoration of man’s proper role in creation"
Craig S.Lent (University of Notre Dame) "The Freedom of the Physical World, Are you a Machine?"
Juan M. Maldacena (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton), St. Albert Award Lecture: Title TBA
Javier Sánchez-Cañizares (University of Navarra) "Mind First: Why the Decoherence program Entails the Copenhagen Interpretation"
Valerio Scarani (National Univ. of Singapore, Center for Quantum Technologies): "Randomness in Quantum Phenomena"
Aaron Schurger (French Nat. Inst. of Health and Medical Research, Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit): "Fifty Years without Free Will"
Andrew A. Sicree (Pennsylvania State University) "Inside the Brain, Inside the Earth: the Work of Bl. Nicoluas Steno"
Poster Sessions: There will be two poster sessions. Poster Session I will be on Friday evening at 8:00 PM in Heritage Hall during the Reception; Poster Session II will be on Sunday morning at 11:15 AM in Pryzbyla Hall just before lunch. Here is LIST OF POSTER PRESENTATIONS
Special Musical Event: On the evening of June 9, there will be a special Organ Concert for conference attendees and guests at the Basilica of the National Shrine by award-winning organist Peter Latona. The Basilica is located a five minute walk from the conference venue.
More Information will be posted on the SCS website as it becomes available.
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