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The Program

Conference Details:

  • A one-day conference (8:30 to 17:30)
    with a lunch break  (12:30 to 14:00)

Four, one and a half hour sessions

  • 26 September 2008, HS 1 UZA 1,
    Althanstr. 14, 1090 
  • Transportation:
    D Streetcar (Althanstr), Subway U4 or U6 (Spittelau)
  • Parking Accommodation: Economics University




Sessions 1, 2 and 3 are composed of:
A thirty-minute answer to the conference question (guest speakers).
Five minutes of audience questions.
Four, five to eight-minute presentations by the discussants.
A ten-minute response/discourse between discussants and the guest speaker.
Twenty-five minutes for discussion and debate among the audience, discussants and guest speaker.

Sessions 4 is composed of:
Two paired presentations followed by a response and discussion. Each presentation and each discussion will be limited to 15 minutes.The first presentation will be by Giulio Tononi.The second presentation will be by Daniel Dennett. Discussants of sessions 1, 2 and 3 will be expressly invited to participate in the discussion of session 4.

Sessions 5 is composed of:
A thirty-minute summary of the day’s deliberations and conclusions. It will be presented by Allan Hobson. Concluding remarks about the science of consciousness by Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Friedrich Stadler



Session 1 (9:00-10:30)

Can we really close the Cartesian theater?
Is there a homunculus in our brain?

Daniel Dennett (Tufts University)
Does one part of our brain not control others?
How can you deal with modularity if you are a monist?

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Moderated by: Dr. phil., o. Prof. Peter Schuster

With contributions from:
Mag. Erwin Lengauer
Ass.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Hans Martin Prinzhorn
Joanna Bryson, PhD
Ao. Univ.-Prof. MMMag. DDr. Kurt Appel



Session 2 (11:00-12:30)

Can consciousness be defined mathematically?

Giulio Tononi (Wisconsin)
Is subjective experience noting else but a neural process?

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Moderated by: O. Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Mag. Dr. Christian Noe

With contributions from:
Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Psych. Dr. Helmut Leder
  Univ.-Prof. Dr. Hermann Prossinger
Mag. Werner Gruber
Ao. Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Ludwig Huber



Session 3 (14:00-15:30)

What is the brain basis of dissociation?

Mark Mahowald (University of Minnesota)
How can one explain hypnosis or hysteria?.

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Moderated by: emer.o.Univ.Prof. Dr. Lüder Deecke

With contributions from:
Prof.ssa Rosalia Silvestri
DDr.Fred Bookstein
  Univ.- Prof. Dr. Giselher Guttmann
Ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Susanne Reindl-Krauskopf



Session 4 (16:00-17:00)

Consciousness and Multiple Selves

Giulio Tononi: What benefit do changes in conscious state have for the brain?

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Daniel Dennett: How many selves are in the brain?

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Moderated by: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Peter Kampits




Session 5 (17:00 - 17:30)

Where have we come from and where are we going?

J. Allan Hobson: Startet den Datei-Download  Dream Consciousness

Startet den Datei-Download  J. Allan Hobson´s Questions to Invited Speakers

Moderated by: Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Friedrich Stadler




Vienna Conference on Consciousness 2008

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Vienna Conference on Consciousness
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Universität Wien

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