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 can 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).
Schedule: On the evening of Friday, June 8, there will be a reception. There will be talks on the morning and afternoon of Saturday, June 9, and the morning of Sunday June 10. A special musical event will take place on Saturday evening after dinner (see below). The annual Membership Meeting of SCS will be on Sunday after lunch. There will be two poster sessions. A detailed schedule will be given here closer to the time of the conference.
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 local hotels.
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. Registration will begin in Mid-February, 2018, and will be possible online. The registration fee will be $140 per person. In addition to SCS members and Scholar Associates of the SCS, there will be a limited number of invited guests.
Confirmed Invited Speakers (Biographies of Speakers) in alphabetical order.
Stephen M. Barr (Univ. of Delaware): "The Role of the Observer in Quantum Mechanics"
Edward Feser (Pasadena City College): "Arguments for the Immateriality of the Mind"
Peter Koellner (Harvard University), Guest Lecture: Title TBA
Juan M. Maldacena (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton), St. Albert Award Lecture: Title TBA
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"
Contributed Talks and Posters: Approximately six 30-minute (including Q&A) talks will be selected from submissions. There will also be two poster sessions. If you wish to give a talk or present a poster, send an abstract at any time to firstname.lastname@example.org Specify whether the abstract is for a talk or a poster. Selections will be made in early April, 2018. Those abstracts that are not selected as talks, can be considered as posters.
Special Conference Event: On the evening of June 9, there will be a special Organ Recital for conference attendees and guests at the Basilica of the National Shrine by award-winning organist Peter Latona.
More Information will be posted on the SCS website as it becomes available.
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