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Short lecture on integrated information theory (IIT) on consciousness.
Masafumi Oizumi
Debate #1  What’s wrong with IIT as a theory of consciousness? 
​Debate panel: Masafumi Oizumi / Hakwan Lau
Short lecture on predictive coding and consciousness.
Ryota Kanai / Yukie Nagai
Debate #2 Is the predictive coding account relevant for understanding consciousness?
​Debate panel: Ryota Kanai / Yukie Nagai / Naotsugu Tsuchiya
Debate #3 Does free will exist? What is the relationship between determinism and causality?
​Debate panel: Shinsuke Shimojo / Hakwan Lau / Hayato Saigo
Debate #4 What are the necessary and sufficient ingredients for consciousness? Self, body, language and memory?
​Debate panel: Minoru Asada / Shigeru Taguchi / Makiko Yamada / Masatoshi Yoshida
Reception (Near Inage Station, Fee 3,000yen)
The purpose of this symposium is to facilitate discussions on four topics on consciousness.
1. What is wrong about the integrated information theory of consciousness?  
2. Is predictive coding relevant for understanding consciousness?
3. Does free will exist? 
4. What are the necessary and sufficient ingredients for consciousness?
These four topics have potentials to engage heated debates across various disciplines that are relevant for consciousness studies.  We hope interdisciplinary debates among scholars in philosophy, psychology, medicine, neuroscience, mathematics, physics, artificial intelligence and robotics. 
Lunch (There is a cafeteria on the first floor.)
Introduction of topics: recent advances in consciousness sciences.
Naotsugu Tsuchiya


Neuroscience of Consciousness:

July 24, 2017 9:00AM

Lecture Hall, NIRS QST, Chiba Japan


This is an open discussion symposium.

Share your philosophy with us.

In order to deepen the discussion in the meeting, we would like to collect your opinion about several topics on consciousness.
Please follow the link below to start the survey. It will take about 5 minutes.
Preparation for debates
QST NIRS is located between metropolitan Tokyo and Narita International Airport.
Address: 4-9-1 Anagawa, Inage-ku, Chiba-shi, Chiba 263-8555, Japan
Tel: +81-43-206-3025 (outside of Japan), or 043-206-3025 (in Japan)

By Train:
Take the JR Sobu line, either rapid or local, to Inage station. Go out through the east exit (on your left as you come out of the main ticket gate), walk straight ahead and turn right at the second traffic light. Follow that road all the way to the NIRS main gate at the top of the hill on the left (10 minutes), or take the Keisei bus for Sanno-cho from stop No. 2 at the rotary outside the east exit of JR Inage station and get off at Hoiken seimon/NIRS main gate, the first stop (fare: 100yen).
Hakwan Lau UCLA
Makiko Yamada QST
Ryota Kanai Araya
Naotsugu Tsuchiya Monash University
Masafumi Oizumi Araya
Yukie Nagai NICT
Shigeru Taguchi Hokkaido University
Minoru Asada Osaka University
Shinsuke Shimojo Caltech
Minoru Asada Osaka University
Naotsugu Tsuchiya Monash University
Makiko Yamada QST
Masatoshi Yoshida NIPS
Hayato Saigo Nagahama Bio

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