The Third International Conference on
Dayalbagh Science of Consciousness

I would in fact say, see, hear, sense, feel, perceive, such that reality in the real meaning would be open
[…] as full consciousness.
(Rev. Prof. Prem Saran Satsangi, 2016)

The third international conference on Dayalbagh Science of Consciousness DSC 2021 will take place on May 21, 2021. It is funded and organised by the Dayalbagh Educational Institute (DEI) (Deemed University) in Agra, India, and co-chaired by the Christian-Albrechts-University (CAU) at Kiel, Germany, and the University of Waterloo, Canada. The DEI and Waterloo maintain an MoU since 2008, the DEI and Kiel University hold an MoU since 2016 in order “to promote cooperation in areas of mutual interest for the benefit of both institutions”. One of the most fruitful fields of joint research is Consciousness Studies, conceptualized as an interdisciplinary and intercultural field of research, which forms a central aspect of the DEI university profile.

Questions about consciousness have been addressed by sages, philosophers, and rishis for thousands of years. In the East, there are long traditions of exploring matters of consciousness in theory and practice, for example with regard to techniques, benefits, and ultimate aims of meditation; in the West also, theologians, philosophers, and artists have dealt with questions of consciousness for ages. In the 1990s, the natural sciences started to seriously study consciousness, and since then evidence based scientific research plays a dominant role in Consciousness Studies.

Most scientific experiments are based on the premise that consciousness – most generally – is the result of physical conditions, more specifically of interrelated brain activities. But this model is not uncontested. Consequently, there has been an explosion of work on consciousness from philosophers, psychologists, neurologists etc. Accordingly, the term ´consciousness´ has acquired very different meanings, depending on whether the person comes from the natural sciences or the humanities, from the West or from the East. And more and more voices are heard that only inter- and trans-disciplinary approaches can do justice to the field of Consciousness Studies. The DSC conferences are programmatically dedicated to advance Consciousness Studies in a trans-disciplinary way.

From 2012 – 2019, the DEI co-operated with Prof. Stuart Hameroff, University of Arizona, USA in the yearly “Towards a Science of Consciousness” (TSC) conferences, and for the TSC 2013 hosted 2020 Nobel Prize laureate Sir Roger Penrose in Dayalbagh; since 2019, the DEI organizes the “Dayalbagh Science of Consciousness” (DSC) conferences independently. Their ultimate objective is an “Evolutionary Art, Science and Engineering (TEASE) of Consciousness to aim at a certain degree of compatibility and convergence to the extent feasible to raise it to higher and higher status with the passage of time” (Rev. Prof. Prem Saran Satsangi, 2020). To this end, DSC conferences emphasize “aspects of consciousness viewed from a scientific perspective beyond any religious identity or tradition and serve as a platform for interaction of key ideas from various perspectives in the spirit of constructive criticism, evaluation and mutual enrichment“ (Flyer of DSC 2020). Thus, at DSC 2021 not only the academic disciplines of (Quantum) Physics, Computer Science, Philosophy, Meteorology/Ecology, History, Comparative Religious Studies, Drama and Literature Studies, Theology, and Neurology are represented, but also views from ´Western´ and ´Eastern´ epistemological horizons.

In addition to a Vision Talk, the Keynote Lectures, and the Invited Talks, there will be a conference section for Contributed Talks of 10 minutes each, and selected Posters.

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