March 31, 2011
from YouTube Website
2005 Skeptics Society
Annual Conference - Brain, Mind and Consciousness
The Brain, Mind & Consciousness
conference, on what Nobel Laureate Francis Crick called "the
greatest unsolved problem in biology," was held over the weekend of
May 13-15, 2005 at Caltech.
This is what is called "the hard
problem" - explaining how billions of neurons swapping chemicals
give rise to such subjective experiences as consciousness,
self-awareness, and awareness that others are conscious and
self-aware; that is, not only the ability to wonder, but the ability
to wonder why we wonder, and even wonder why others wonder why...
By contrast, what has come to be known as the hard problem in consciousness studies is experience: what it is like to be in a given mental state? Adding up all of the solved easy problems does not equal a solution to the hard problem.
Something else is going on in private
subjective experiences - called
qualia - and there is no consensus
on what it is.
Our speakers, some of the top neuroscientists in the world, will address these and other problems, such as the evolution of the brain, and how and why it got to be so large. Skeptics will get a chance to interact with these world-class scientists on the breaks, during meals, and in a formal discussion period.
We will also consider the implications
of this new brain research to better understand apparent paranormal
phenomena, as well as how and why people believe weird things.