Really top men investigate the mind

I note the list of the really top men ends with a link that could conceivably reveal a top woman.


The Foundations of Mind

Thursday, March 6  &  Friday, March 7, 2014

International House • University of California at Berkeley 
2299 Piedmont Ave., Berkeley, CA 94720 • Front Desk: (510) 642-9490 •

The world’s top scholars and neuroscientists discuss cutting-edge issues related to cognition and consciousness. Topics include:

  • Does quantum mechanics have a role in our consciousness?
  • Can brain imaging in fMRI explain all that we are?
  • What is ecological consciousness?

Confirmed plenary speakers / panelists include:

  • Stuart Kauffman (University of Vermont)
  • Terry Deacon (University of California Berkeley)
  • Henry Stapp (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, UC Berkeley)
  • Ed Vul (UC San Diego)
  • Jacob Needleman (San Francisco State University)
  • Jerome Feldman (International Computer Science Institute—UC Berkeley)
  • Tom Griffiths (UC Berkeley)
  • Robert Campbell (Clemson University)
  • Mike Cole (UCSD)
  • José Acacio de Barros (SFSU / Stanford University)
  • Seán Ó Nualláin (University of Ireland)
  • Fr. Robert Spitzer (Magis Institute)
  • Tony Bell (UC Berkeley)
  • Stanley Klein (UC Berkeley)
  • Carlos Montemayor (SFSU)
  • … and more (see Schedule)
  Join the world’s leading cognitive scientists and consciousness scholars for this unique event as mind and consciousness are explored. The perspectives taken range from why the really hard problems like machine vision and translation have not yet been solved to whether a suitably reconstructed notion of consciousness that takes quantum mechanics into account can help save the environment.

 To register, click here now! 

Please send inquiries to
or phone 510-725-8877.

Proposed paper/poster presenters should send a 500-word abstract
to by Feb. 1, 2014.
We already have offers to publish the proceedings from both a peer-reviewed journal and an academic book publisher.


9 thoughts on “Really top men investigate the mind

  1. Hi all

    I am glad t say that we finally received a panel proposal and two papers from three women, Cynthia Sue Larson. Olga Shurygina and Kathryn Laskey; all were accepted on merit. We really wish we’d gotten more such proposals..for the record, I regard any artificial gender-balancing as profoundly insulting to women.

    The concert of Celtic jazz is actually my partner – see

    Like mine, Melanie’s mother is a graduate of Loreto Abbey Rathfarnam, which encouraged women to stand on their own two feet and enter professions on an euqal basis with men. Both our mothers were at Loreto Abbey Rathfarnam at the same time as the titan who became known as Mother Teresa……….

    Is there an implicit notion that “Celtic jazz” is in some way inferior to cognitive science? In fact, the concert will be of at least equal status – and in a far bgger venue – than the confernce

    Best for 2014


  2. Hello

    While I’m a full-time musician and teacher of singing, I am actually a philosophy grad, helping with the conference, and hope to see you all at the conference and concert!

    Please note that the deadline for submissions has been moved to Feb 7. A panel on feminist thought in cog sci would be great and you are invited to send in a proposal.


    Melanie O’Reilly

  3. “… for the record, I regard any artificial gender-balancing as profoundly insulting to women.”

    Such strong and unbiased assurances are always comforting. Never mind what women themselves might regard: better for them not to be present, when merit must be lacking, than to be complicit in such artificiality.

  4. Sean O’N, thank you very much for responding to our calling the conference out. My first reaction to your comment is to note that you may well not be very familiar with the concerns about gendered balanced conferences that have received a great deal of recent attention in Anglo-American philosophical discourse. I should have referred to our gendered conference campaign in the post. Part of the problem we are concerned with is that many people are inclined to find it much easier to discern merit in men’s work than in women’s. The implicit bias underlying such skewed judgments was the topic of a large and heavily supported series of workshops organized by Jenny Saul at Sheffield. The Oxford University Press will publish 2 two-volume set of the papers. There are many, many more sources I could mention, but it is now late at night here in middle America.

    Let me in closing echo anonphil’s comment by asking: Aren’t conferences with an all male line up artificially excluding one gender in a way that is profoundly insulting to the excluded gender?

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