Scientific Advisory Board2021-07-20T20:18:16-06:00

SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARD

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Michel Bitbol
Director of Research
French National Centre for Scientific Research

Paris, France
2021-06-23T21:45:27-06:00

Selected publications:

Bitbol, M. (2012). Downward causation without foundations. Synthese, 185(2), 233–255.

Bitbol, M. (1983). An analysis of the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen correlations in terms of events. Physics Letters A, 96(2), 66–70. https://doi.org/10.1016/0375-9601(83)90590-X

Bitbol, M. (2020). Is the life-world reduction sufficient in quantum physics? Continental Philosophy Review, 1–18. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11007-020-09515-8

Bitbol, M., & Devaux, P. F. (1988). Measurement of outward translocation of phospholipids across human erythrocyte membrane. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 85(18), 6783–6787. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.85.18.6783

Bitbol, M. (2007). Ontology, matter and emergence. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 6(3), 293–307. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11097-006-9041-z

Bitbol, M. (2008). Is consciousness primary? NeuroQuantoloy, 6(1), 53–72.

Bitbol, M. (2008). Reflective metaphysics: Understanding quantum mechanics from a Kantian standpoint. Philosophica, 83, 53–83.

David J. Chalmers
Co-director, Center for Mind, Brain, and Consciousness
New York University

New York, New York, United States
2021-06-22T11:31:25-06:00

Selected publications:

Chalmers, D. J. (1996). The Conscious Mind: In Search of a Fundamental Theory. Oxford University Press.

Clark, A., & Chalmers, D. (1998). The Extended Mind. Analysis, 58(1), 7–19. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8284.00096

Chalmers, D. (1995). Facing Up to the Problem of Consciousness. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 2(3), 200–219.

Searle, J. R., Dennett, D. C., & Chalmers, D. J. (1997). The mystery of consciousness. New York Review of Books.

Chalmers, D. J. (2010). The Character of Consciousness. Oxford University Press.

Chalmers, D. J. (2004). How can we construct a science of consciousness? In M. S. Gazzaniga (Ed.), The Cognitive Neurosciences III (pp. 1111–1120). MIT Press.

Chalmers, D. J. (2012). Constructing the World. Oxford University Press.

Chalmers, D. (2020). Is the Hard Problem of Consciousness Universal? Journal of Consciousness Studies, 27(5–6), 227–257.

Steven Chu
William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Physics

Stanford University

Professor of Molecular & Cellular Physiology

Stanford University School of Medicine

Stanford, California, United States
2021-06-22T11:40:43-06:00

Selected publications:

Chu, S., Cui, Y., & Liu, N. (2017). The path towards sustainable energy. Nature Materials, 16(1), 16–22. https://doi.org/10.1038/nmat4834

Chu, S., & Majumdar, A. (2012). Opportunities and challenges for a sustainable energy future. Nature, 488(7411), 294–303. https://doi.org/10.1038/nature11475

Chu, S. (1998). Nobel Lecture: The manipulation of neutral particles. Reviews of Modern Physics70(3), 685.

Christopher A. Fuchs
Professor of Physics

University of Massachusetts Boston

Boston, Massachusetts, United States
2021-06-22T11:34:17-06:00

Selected publications:

DiVincenzo, D. P., Fuchs, C. A., Mor, T., Rains, E., Shor, P. W., Smolin, J. A., Wootters, W. K., & Bennett, C. H. (1999). Quantum nonlocality without entanglement. Physical Review A, 59(2), 1070–1091. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevA.59.1070

Furusawa, A., Sørensen, J. L., Braunstein, S. L., Fuchs, C. A., Kimble, H. J., & Polzik, E. S. (1998). Unconditional Quantum Teleportation. Science, 282(5389), 706–709. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.282.5389.706

DiVincenzo, D. P., Ekert, A., Fuchs, C. A., Macchiavello, C., Smolin, J. A., & Bruß, D. (1998). Optimal universal and state-dependent quantum cloning. Physical Review A, 57(4), 2368–2378. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevA.57.2368

Fuchs, C. A., & van de Graaf, J. (1999). Cryptographic distinguishability measures for quantum-mechanical states. IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, 45(4), 1216–1227. https://doi.org/10.1109/18.761271

Fuchs, C. A. (2011). Coming of Age With Quantum Information. Cambridge University Press.

Fuchs, C. A. (1996). Distinguishability and Accessible Information in Quantum Theory. [Doctoral dissertation, University of New Mexico]. https://arxiv.org/abs/quant-ph/9601020

Marcelo Gleiser
Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Appleton Professorship of Natural Philosophy
Director, Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Engagement

Dartmouth College

Hanover, New Hampshire, United States
2021-06-22T11:34:51-06:00

Selected publications:

Gleiser, M. (2014). The island of knowledge: The limits of science and the search for meaning. Basic Books.

Gleiser, M., & Ramos, R. O. (1994). Microphysical approach to nonequilibrium dynamics of quantum fields. Physical Review D, 50(4), 2441–2455. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevD.50.2441

Frieman, J. A., Gelmini, G. B., Gleiser, M., & Kolb, E. W. (1988). Solitogenesis: Primordial Origin of Nontopological Solitons. Physical Review Letters, 60(21), 2101. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.60.2101

Gleiser, M., Rajpoot, S., & Taylor, J. G. (1985). Higher dimensional cosmologies. Annals of Physics, 160(2), 299–322. https://doi.org/10.1016/0003-4916(85)90146-0

Gleiser, M., & Stamatopoulos, N. (2012). Information content of spontaneous symmetry breaking. Physical Review D, 86(4), 045004. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevD.86.045004

Gleiser, M. (2018). How Much Can We Know? Nature, 557(7704), S20–S21. https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-018-05100-5

Frank, A., Gleiser, M., & Thompson, E. (2019). The blind spot of science is the neglect of lived experience. Aeon. https://aeon.co/essays/the-blind-spot-of-science-is-the-neglect-of-lived-experience

Piet Hut
Professor of Astrophysics and Interdisciplinary Studies

Institute for Advanced Study

Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey, United States
2021-06-22T11:35:31-06:00

Selected publications:

Hut, P. (1977). Cosmological tests of general relativity. Nature, 267(5607), 128–130. https://doi.org/10.1038/267128a0

Barnes, J., & Hut, P. (1986). A hierarchical O(N log N) force-calculation algorithm. Nature, 324(6096), 446–449. https://doi.org/10.1038/324446a0

Zwart, S. F. P., Baumgardt, H., Hut, P., Makino, J., & McMillan, S. L. W. (2004). Formation of massive black holes through runaway collisions in dense young star clusters. Nature, 428(6984), 724–726. https://doi.org/10.1038/nature02448

Kulkarni, S. R., Hut, P., & McMillan, S. J. (1993). Stellar black holes in globular clusters. Nature, 364(6436), 421–423. https://doi.org/10.1038/364421a0

Hut, P., & Shepard, R. N. (1996). Turning `the hard problem’ upside down & sideways. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 3(4), 313–329.

Hut, P., Alford, M., & Tegmark, M. (2006). On Math, Matter and Mind. Foundations of Physics, 36(6), 765–794. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10701-006-9048-x

Hut, P. (1999). Exploring actuality through experiment and experience. In S. R. Hameroff, A. F. Kaszniak, & D. J. Chalmers (Eds.) Toward a science of consciousness III (pp. 391-405). MIT Press.

Hut, P. (1999). Theory and experiment in philosophy. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 6(2–3), 241–244.

Elisa H. Kozasa

Professor of Neuroscience and Behavior


Albert Einstein Israelite Hospital


São Paulo, Brazil
2021-06-22T11:36:43-06:00

Selected publications:

Kozasa, E. H., Sato, J. R., Lacerda, S. S., Barreiros, M. A. M., Radvany, J., Russell, T. A., Sanches, L. G., Mello, L. E. A. M., & Amaro, E. (2012). Meditation training increases brain efficiency in an attention task. NeuroImage, 59(1), 745–749. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2011.06.088

Afonso, R. F., Hachul, H., Kozasa, E. H., Oliveira, D. de S., Goto, V., Rodrigues, D., Tufik, S., & Leite, J. R. (2012). Yoga decreases insomnia in postmenopausal women: A randomized clinical trial. Menopause, 19(2), 186–193. https://doi.org/10.1097/gme.0b013e318228225f

Barros, V. V., Kozasa, E. H., Formagini, T. D. B., Pereira, L. H., & Ronzani, T. M. (2015). Smokers Show Lower Levels of Psychological Well-Being and Mindfulness than Non-Smokers. PLOS ONE, 10(8), e0135377. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0135377

Sato, J. R., Kozasa, E. H., Russell, T. A., Radvany, J., Mello, L. E. A. M., Lacerda, S. S., & Amaro, E. (2012). Brain Imaging Analysis Can Identify Participants under Regular Mental Training. PLoS ONE, 7(7), e39832.. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0039832

Kozasa, E. H., Balardin, J. B., Sato, J. R., Chaim, K. T., Lacerda, S. S., Radvany, J., Mello, L. E. A. M., & Amaro, E. (2018). Effects of a 7-Day Meditation Retreat on the Brain Function of Meditators and Non-Meditators During an Attention Task. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 12, 222. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2018.00222

Lacerda, S. S., Little, S. W., & Kozasa, E. H. (2018). A Stress Reduction Program Adapted for the Work Environment: A Randomized Controlled Trial With a Follow-Up. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 668. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00668

Kozasa, E. H., Lacerda, S. S., Menezes, C., Wallace, B. A., Radvany, J., Mello, L. E. A. M., & Sato, J. R. (2015). Effects of a 9-Day Shamatha Buddhist Meditation Retreat on Attention, Mindfulness and Self-Compassion in Participants with a Broad Range of Meditation Experience. Mindfulness, 6(6), 1235–1241. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-015-0385-8

Sato, J. R., Kozasa, E. H., Wallace, B. A., & Amaro, E. (2017). Neuroimaging Data From a Single Participant Before and After a Meditation Retreat: A Proof of Concept Study. Journal of Cognitive Enhancement, 1(2), 235–241. https://doi.org/10.1007/s41465-017-0025-4

Claire Petitmengin
Professor Emeritus


Institut Mines-Télécom Business School


Évry-Courcouronnes, Essonne, France
2021-06-29T23:14:48-06:00

Selected publications:

Petitmengin, C. (2006). Describing one’s subjective experience in the second person: An interview method for the science of consciousness. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 5(3), 229–269. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11097-006-9022-2

Petitmengin, C. (2009). The Validity of First-Person Descriptions as Authenticity and Coherence. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 16(10–11), 252–284.

Petitmengin-Peugeot, C. (1999). The intuitive experience. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 6(2–3), 43–77.

Bitbol, M., & Petitmengin, C. (2013). A Defense of Introspection from Within. Constructivist Foundations, 8(3), 269–279.

Petitmengin, C., & Lachaux, J. P. (2013). Microcognitive science: Bridging experiential and neuronal microdynamics. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2013.00617

Valenzuela Moguillansky, C., O’Regan, J. K., & Petitmengin, C. (2013). Exploring the subjective experience of the “rubber hand” illusion. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2013.00659

Petitmengin, C., van Beek, M., Bitbol, M., Nissou, J.-M., & Roepstorff. (2017). What is it Like to Meditate?: Methods and Issues for a Micro-phenomenological Description of Meditative Experience. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 24(5–6), 170–198.

Petitmengin, C., van Beek, M., Bitbol, M., Nissou, J.-M., & Roepstorff, A. (2019). Studying the experience of meditation through Micro-phenomenology. Current Opinion in Psychology, 28, 54–59. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.copsyc.2018.10.009

David E. Presti
Teaching Professor of Neurobiology

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California, United States
2021-06-22T11:38:04-06:00

Selected publications:

Presti, D. E. (2018). Mind beyond brain: Buddhism, science, and the paranormal. Columbia University Press.

Presti, D. E. (2015). Foundational Concepts in Neuroscience: A Brain-Mind Odyssey. WW Norton & Company.

Presti, D. E. (2020). Collaborative dialogue between Buddhism and science: A contribution to expanding a science of consciousness. The Journal of Comparative Neurology, 528(17), 2804–2815. https://doi.org/10.1002/cne.24876

Vieten, C., Wahbeh, H., Cahn, B. R., MacLean, K., Estrada, M., Mills, P., Murphy, M., Shapiro, S., Radin, D., Josipovic, Z., Presti, D. E., Sapiro, M., Chozen Bays, J., Russell, P., Vago, D., Travis, F., Walsh, R., & Delorme, A. (2018). Future directions in meditation research: Recommendations for expanding the field of contemplative science. PloS One, 13(11), e0205740. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0205740

Kelly, E. F., & Presti, D. E. (2015). A psychobiological perspective on ‘transmission’ models. In E.F. Kelly, A. Crabtree, & P. Marshall (Eds.), Beyond physicalism: Toward reconciliation of science and spirituality (pp. 115–155). Rowman & Littlefield.

Presti, D. E. (2012). The mind–body problem. In V.S. Ramachandran (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Human Behavior (2nd edition, pp. 615-621). Elsevier Press.

Presti, D. E. (2012). Drugs, the brain, and behavior. In V.S. Ramachandran (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Human Behavior (2nd edition, pp. 724-731). Elsevier Press.

Carter, O. L., Presti, D. E., Callistemon, C., Ungerer, Y., Liu, G. B., & Pettigrew, J. D. (2005). Meditation alters perceptual rivalry in Tibetan Buddhist monks. Current Biology, 15(11), R412–R413. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2005.05.043

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