Sunday, November 2, 2014

[Yasmin_discussions] Fwd: supernatural


we are trying to bring to a close our discussion on the supernatural
and art/science
and welcome final statements from anyone who has a closing idea to leave us

I append the call for papers for the science of consciousness conference which
has been one of the gatherings that brings together an uneasy community
of people who are in one of the territories where the 'supernatural' is often
above the surface

martha blassnig in her closing comments states

"The constantly changing categorisations of knowledge practices have
variously integrated or excluded those experiences that are frequently
gathered under the umbrella of the problematic term ( supernatural) we
are currently
discussing, be it for ideological, political or simply fashionable reasons.

A considerate mobilisation of connected ideas and concerns might shift the
study of these phenomena from the 'safe' grounds of 'cultural ghettos' to
the wider implied cognitive domains and their epistemological implications,
as some previous research has demonstrated (see for example Roger
Luckhurst's work on telepathy)."

indeed the art science area often departs from the 'safe grounds to
the wider and riskier epistemological implications

by coincidence tonight in los angeles david rosenboom is performing his Zones
of Influence work that includes biofeedback from the performers into
algorithms- we arent far from practical telepathy and telekinesis

Zones of Influence (1984-85) is a propositional cosmology activated in music.
Written for percussion virtuoso William Winant, this five-part, concert-length
work for percussion soloist with instruments linked via sensors to
real-time compositional
algorithms that generate electronic sound worlds, noise
constructions, gliding sound
shapes, morphological dynamics that bend melodies in to arrays of counterpoint,
auxiliary keyboard and glissando parts, and more. In Zones of
Influence, models of worlds become instruments. of Influence to be
Performed at REDCAT

In 1990 Leonardo published Rosenboom 's monograph on The Extended
Musical Interface
with the Human Nervous System- which fifty years from now may be
viewed as a manifesto
for practival telekinesis and telepathy !!

Inevitably the Leonardo publications and networked have worked outside
of some of the safe territories-

( after all when leonardo started , art theorists and historians stated
categorically that it was a waste of time to try and do art with
computers , because there
was no way computers could contribute to creative activity)

to quote martha again

"The constantly changing categorisations of knowledge practices have
variously integrated or excluded those experiences that are frequently
gathered under the umbrella of the problematic term ( supernatural)"

the organisers of the science of consciousness state that they

"emphasizing broad and rigorous approaches to the study of conscious awareness"

so perhaps we can also " emphasizing broad and rigorous approaches to
the study of what
is considered supernatural today"

much thanks to yasminers to have kept this discussion out of the easy
polemics !

Roger Malina



University of Helsinki, Finland, 9-13 June 2015
Pre-conference workshops: 8 June 2015

Submission deadline: 30 November 2014

Toward a Science of Consciousness (TSC) is the largest and
longest-running interdisciplinary conference emphasizing broad and
rigorous approaches to the study of conscious awareness. Topical
areas include neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, biology, quantum
physics, meditation and altered states, machine consciousness, culture
and experiential phenomenology. Cutting edge, controversial issues are
emphasized. Held annually since 1994, the TSC conferences alternate
yearly between Tucson, Arizona (Center for Consciousness Studies,
Univ. of Arizona) and various locations around the world.

The University of Helsinki is proud to host TSC 2015 in the Great Hall
of its neoclassical main building located in the downtown area.

TSC 2015 invited speakers:

Patricia S. Churchland | David Chalmers | Harald Atmanspacher | Susan
Blackmore | Peter Bruza | Deepak Chopra | Travis Craddock | Rocco
Gennaro | Stuart Hameroff | Riitta Hari |
John Heil | Jaakko Hintikka | James Ladyman | Steven Jay Lynn | Ariane
Lambert-Mogiliansky | George Mashour | Alyssa Ney | David Papineau |
Antti Revonsuo | William Seager |
Petra Stoerig | Jennifer Windt | Dan Zahavi | and more to be announced

TSC 2015 calls for contributed papers, contributed posters,
contributed symposia and proposals for pre-conference workshops. The
list of conference topic areas is on the conference

Contributed papers: Please submit an abstract of 300-500 words
prepared for anonymous review.
Accepted contributed papers will be allocated in total 25-30 minutes
(20 min for the presentation + 5-10 min for the discussion).

Contributed posters: Please submit an abstract of 300-500 words
prepared for anonymous review. Accepted contributed posters will be
presented in separate poster sessions during the conference.

Contributed symposia: Please submit an abstract of max. 1000-2000
words. The contributed symposia proposals are not reviewed

Abstracts should be submitted by using the TSC 2015 registration form:

Please note that the abstracts cannot be revised after submitting.

All questions regarding submissions should be directed to the
conference manager,
The members of the programme committee and the local organizing
committee are listed on this website:

The conference is organized in collaboration with the
Center for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona, Tucson:
and Department of Cognitive Neuroscience and Philosophy, University of
Skovde, Sweden:

Paavo Pylkkanen (chair of the local organizing committee)
Tuomas Tahko (co-chair of the local organizing committee)
Ms. Paivi Seppala:

Important dates

30 November 2014 Deadline for abstract submissions
22 January, 2015 Conference registration opens
30 January, 2015 Notifications of acceptance
February 2015 Preliminary programme announced
31 March, 2015 Deadline for early registrations
19 May, 2015 No more refunds for registration cancellations
8 June, 2015 Pre-conference workshops
9-13 June, 2015 TSC 2015, University of Helsinki


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