53 Washington Square South, 1st Floor Auditorium, New York
On October 24-25, the NYU Center for Mind, Brain, and Consciousness
and the NYU Center for Bioethics will host a conference on Measuring
Borderline States of Consciousness.
There are famous difficulties in measuring subjective states of
consciousness. Nevertheless, a number of techniques have recently
been developed for measuring states of consciousness in clinical
settings. These techniques have been applied to borderlines states of
consciousness: in particular, those found in brain-damaged patients
diagnosed with vegetative state, and those found in patients under
anesthesia. Measures using fMRI imaging, electroencephelography, and
various other technologies have been developed.
These measures pose any number of scientific and philosophical
questions. What is the best measure of consciousness in these cases?
How can we justify these measures, given the private and subjective
nature of consciousness? What is the best way to use these measures
clinically? What ethical issues do they raise? What might these
measures tell us about the nature of consciousness? All of these
questions and more will be discussed at the workshop.
Speakers will include: Tim Bayne (Manchester), Melanie Boly
(Wisconsin), Joseph Fins (Weill Cornell Medical College), L. Syd
Johnson (Michigan Technological University), Stephen Laureys (Belgian
National Fund of Scientific Research), Marcello Massimini (University
of Milan), Lionel Naccache (Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital), Adrian Owen
(Western University), Nicholas Schiff (Weill Cornell Medical College),
and panelists TBA.
Organizing Committee: Ned Block, David Chalmers, S. Matthew Liao &
The conference sessions will run from 10am to 6pm on Friday and
Saturday October 24-25. Conference registration will begin at at 9am
in the 1st floor lobby at 53 Washington Square South.
The conference website is at http://tinyurl.com/qyb7hok.
Registration is free but required. You can register via a link on the
conference website or directly at http://tinyurl.com/l4tcxcc.