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10th Symposium

Behind and Beyond the Brain


10th SYMPOSIUM OF THE BIAL FOUNDATION
BEHIND AND BEYOND THE BRAIN
Casa do Médico - Porto
26th to 29th March 2014
Mind-Matter Interactions
Program
First Announcement 
 

The 10th Symposium “Behind and beyond the brain” is dedicated to the theme “Mind-Matter Interactions”. This is an ambitious theme that has been the object of much reflection among philosophers, theologians, scientists, artists, and also of much speculations in the course of time. How are mind and matter related to each other? This question may be considered at various levels of complexity. In this context the recent advances of the Neurosciences have open new knowledge areas. One of these will be a topic of this Symposium: the creation of interfaces between mental activity and computers or mechanical devices such as robots (Brain-machine interfaces, BCI). That question, however, is also the object of analysis within the framework of theories of consciousness, that lie at another level of complexity and that imply interpretations still controversial. The relevance of that question goes further than the domain of the individual, and has implications in social life and in concepts of individual responsibility, what is also a theme of great topical relevance.

The 2014 Symposium will follow the same scheme as previous ones. In the opening session, with Fernando Lopes da Silva (Amsterdam, Lisbon) as moderator, will take place the keynote lecture of Miguel Nicolelis (USA and Brazil) with the title “Mind in Action”. In the morning of the next 3 days there will be 3 sessions; the 1st is dedicated to the neuroscientific dimension of the general theme “Mind-Matter Interactions” ending with the keynote lecture of Niels Birbaumer (Tübingen) entitled “Brain-machine interfaces in paralysis”; the 2nd is dedicated to the parapsychological dimension of the same general theme, ending with a keynote lecture of Stuart Hameroff (Arizona) entitled “Why quantum nonlocality is required for consciousness – The ‘Orch OR’ theory; the 3rd is dedicated to the social and philosophical dimension ending with the keynote lecture of Patrick Haggard (London) entitled “Voluntary action and social responsibility”.

The moderator of the first session will be Miguel Castelo-Branco (Coimbra), and will count with contributions of the speakers Rui Costa (Lisbon), Eberhard Fetz (Seattle), Nick Ramsey (Utrecht) and will end with a keynote lecture by Niels Birbaumer.

The moderator of the second session will be Caroline Watt (Edinburgh), and will count with the contributions of the speakers Dean Radin (California), Harald Walach (Frankfurt), Peter Bancel (Paris) ending with the keynote lecture of Stuart Hameroff.

The moderator of the third session will be Axel Cleeremans (Brussels), with contributions by the speakers Rainer Goebel (Maastricht), Steven Laureys (Liège), Adolfo Tobeña (Barcelona) ending with the keynote lecture of Patrick Haggard.

The Symposium will end with a round-table with Dick Bierman (Amsterdam) as Chair and the participation of invited speakers.

The Symposium is a Forum where those BIAL Foundation Fellows who most recently finished their projects are able to present their work to the public by way of posters sessions and oral communications, and where all participants are invited to discuss the Symposium themes with the speakers, particularly in an Evening Encounter on Friday 28, coordinated by Mário Simões (Lisbon) and Miguel Castelo- Branco (Coimbra) and presented by Marta de Menezes centered around the theme “Matter-Mind interactions: Art and Illusion”.

Organizing committee
FERNANDO LOPES DA SILVA (Amsterdam) - President
DICK BIERMAN (Amsterdam)
MIGUEL CASTELO-BRANCO (Coimbra)
ALEXANDRE CASTRO-CALDAS (Lisbon)
AXEL CLEEREMANS (Brussels)
RUI MOTA CARDOSO (Porto)
MÁRIO SIMÕES (Lisbon)
CAROLINE WATT (Edinburgh)

Participants

PETER BANCEL (Paris)
DICK BIERMAN (Amsterdam)
NIELS BIRBAUMER (Tübingen)
MIGUEL CASTELO-BRANCO (Coimbra)
ALEXANDRE CASTRO-CALDAS (Lisbon)
AXEL CLEEREMANS (Brussels)
RUI COSTA (Lisbon)
EBERHARD FETZ (Seattle)
RAINER GOEBEL (Maastricht)
PATRICK HAGGARD (London)
STUART HAMEROFF (Arizona)
STEVEN LAUREYS (Liège)
FERNANDO LOPES DA SILVA (Amsterdam)
MIGUEL NICOLELIS (Durham)
DEAN RADIN (California)
NICK RAMSEY (Utrecht)
MÁRIO SIMÕES (Lisbon)
ADOLF TOBEÑA (Barcelona)
HARALD WALACH (Frankfurt)
CAROLINE WATT (Edinburgh)

Registration fees

€ 180 - meals excluded
€ 70 - for university students under the age of 25