October 16–17, 2015

Insight Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience
Flint, Michigan

Conference Program

Day 1




8:00-8:45 AM

Check in, coffee, tea, breakfast

8:45-9:00 AM Welcome

9:00-10:30 AM 1 Chair: James Beauregard

Against a priori Arguments for Dualism
Eric Hiddleston
Wayne State University

How to Know That You Are Not a Zombie
Brentyn Ramm
The Australian National University

15 Minute Break

10:45 AM -12:15 PM 2 Chair: Simon Cushing

Less than Conscious: The Dehumanizing Impact of Interdependent Definitions of Self and Consciousness
Michelle Marvin
University of Notre Dame

Dualistic Idealism: No Supervenience of Consciousness on the Physical, but No Influence of Consciousness on the Physical Either
Christian D. Schade
Chair of Entrepreneurial and Behavioral Decision Making, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

12:15-1:15 PM Lunch

1:15-2:45 PM 3 Chair: Eric Hiddleston

Garden-path Processing and Consciousness
David Pereplyotchik
Kent State University

Consciousness, Neuroimaging and Personhood: Current and Future Neuroethical Challenges
James Beauregard and Macksood Aftab
River University and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

15 Minute Break

3:00-5:15 PM 4 Chair: Zachary Purdue

Consciousness Noise
Bradley Seebach and Eric Kraemer
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Parts of Consciousness
Cameron Bosinski
University at Buffalo

The Re-enchantment of Consciousness: A Qualitative Inquiry into Scientific or Mechanistic Aspect of Consciousness
Rajakishore Nath
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

7:00 PM Optional Dinner
Redwood Steakhouse and Brewery
(Within walking distance of the conference hotel)

Day 2

8:00–9:00 AM Coffee, tea, breakfast

9:00–10:30 AM 5 Chair: Eric Kraemer

Physicalism and the Privacy of Conscious Experiences
Miklos Marton and Janos Tozser
ELTE University Budapest, University of Kaposvar

The Insignificance of Empty Higher-Order States
Daniel Shargel
Lawrence Technological University

15 Minute Break

10:45 AM-12:15 PM 6 Chair: Christian D. Schade

The Epoche and the The Intentional Stance
David Haack
The New School for Social Research

The Interiority of Experience: A Reflection on Searle's Theorization of Intentionality
Ranjan Kumar Panda
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

12:15-1:15 PM Lunch

1:15-2:45 PM 7 Chair: Rajakishore Nath

Consciousness and Cognitive Individuation
Philip Woodward
Valparaiso University

Future of Conscious Therapeutics in Alzheimer’s Disease
Farhan Ahmad
The University of Texas at San Antonio

15 Minute Break

3:00–5:15 PM 8 Chair: Bénédicte Veillet

Julian Jaynes' Search for Consciousness in his Unpublished History of Comparative Psychology
Scott Greer
University of Prince Edward Island

Consciousness, Situationism and Responsibility: Can We Be Morally Responsible If We Are Unconscious of Situational Factors that Cause Our Actions?
Marcela Herdova
Florida State University

From Pre-reflective Consciousness to Explicit Thematic Awareness: Feminist Standpoint Epistemologies, Existential-Phenomenology, and Becoming Aware of Systems of Oppression
Zachary Purdue
University of South Florida

5:15–5:30 PM Closing Remarks

Conference Site

Insight Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience
4800 S Saginaw St
Flint, MI 48557

Conference Hotel

Holiday Inn Flint Gateway Centre
5353 Gateway Centre
Flint, Michigan 48507
Phone: (810) 232-5300

We recommend that conference attendees stay at the Holiday Inn Flint Gateway Centre. In order to book the hotel at the University of Michigan-Flint rate, please use this link.

Holiday Inn offers complementary shuttle service between it and Flint Bishop Airport. The shuttle also takes guests from the hotel to destinations within a 7 mile radius of the hotel, which includes the conference location. At the bottom of the escalators at Flint Bishop Airport, there is a telephone available for shuttle service calls.

While the hotel does offer a shuttle, space is obviously limited to fewer seats than participants. We would like to encourage those of you with automobiles to please consider driving fellow participants to the conference from the hotel. People offering and needing rides should meet at the hotel lobby in the mornings. Please contact the hotel front desk for a taxicab if needed.


So as to focus on the content of your talks, visual presentations such as Powerpoint and Prezi are not allowed. Nevertheless, a large television will be available for exhibits only. If your talk requires exhibits, then please bring whatever cord will connect your laptop to an HDMI television.


The deadline for proposals was 31 July 2015.

Registration and Payments

If your proposal has been accepted and you intend to attend the conference, then please register for it, below.

Registration Form

Registration fees cover catering costs for breakfast, lunch, beverages, and snack breaks. The conference organizers would like to emphasize that full, active, and sustained participation at the event is critical to its success. To that end, registration fees are applied to the catering costs necessary to provide a seamless day of events and thus cannot be waived. Your transaction will be securely processed by the online payment system of the University of Michigan. Please print a copy of your receipt before closing the payment window. The registration fee will be $150, the balance of which should be settled prior to the deadline of 15 September 2015.

If someone other than a participant will be paying, then the contact email address provided on the payment page must match that of the participant and not that of the payer.

Payment Form

Contact Details

For further information, please contact:


Jami L. Anderson
Center for Cognition and Neuroethics
University of Michigan-Flint

Center for Cognition and Neuroethics