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Paavo Pylkkänen, Ph.D., is Senior Lecturer in Theoretical Philosophy and Director of the Bachelor’s Program in Philosophy at the University of Helsinki. He is also Associate Professor of Theoretical Philosophy (currently on leave) at the Department of Cognitive Neuroscience and Philosophy, University of Skövde, where he initiated a Consciousness Studies Program. His main research areas are philosophy of mind, philosophy of physics and their intersection. The central problem in philosophy of mind is how to understand the place of mind – and especially conscious experience – in the physical world. Pylkkänen has explored whether this problem can be approached in a new way in the framework of the new holistic and dynamic worldview that is emerging from quantum theory and relativity. He has in particular been inspired by the physicists David Bohm and Basil Hiley’s interpretation of quantum theory and has collaborated with both of them. In his 2007 book Mind, Matter and the Implicate Order (Springer) he proposed that Bohmian notions such as active information and implicate order provide new ways of approaching key problems in philosophy of mind, such as mental causation and time consciousness. The overall aim of his research is to develop a scientific metaphysics. Paavo Pylkkänen has been a visiting researcher in Stanford University, Oxford University, London University, Charles University Prague and Gothenburg University and is a member of the Academy of Finland Center of Excellence in the Philosophy of Social Sciences (TINT).
Bruce M. Carlson, M.D., Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Michigan. After receiving an M.S. in ichthyology at Cornell University, he completed his medical and doctoral studies at the University of Minnesota. Over 40 years, he was a faculty member in the Departments of Anatomy and Cell Biology and Biology at the University of Michigan. After stepping down as Chair of Anatomy and Cell Biology, he directed the Institute of Gerontology. His research involved limb and muscle regeneration, limb embryology and the biology of aging and denervated muscle. Along with 200 papers, he has authored 13 books on regeneration, embryology and lake biology and has edited another 15 symposium volumes and translations. He has received a number of awards, including the AAAS Newcomb-Cleveland Prize, the Henry Gray Award of the American Association of Anatomists, which he served as President, and membership in the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences. He has conducted research for extended periods in the USSR, Czechoslovakia, the Netherlands, Finland and New Zealand. His retirement activities include writing books and directing a long-term study of pike growth in an isolated northern Minnesota lake.
Stephen Adler (b. 1939 in New York City) is an American physicist specializing in elementary particles and field theory. He received an A.B. degree at Harvard University in 1961 and a Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1964. He became a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in 1966, becoming a full Professor of Theoretical Physics in 1969, and was named "New Jersey Albert Einstein Professor" at the institute in 1979. He has won the J. J. Sakurai Prize from the American Physical Society in 1988, and the Dirac Medal of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in 1998, among other awards. Adler's seminal papers on high energy neutrino processes, current algebras, soft pion theorems, sum rules, and perturbation theory anomalies helped lay the foundations for the current standard model of elementary particle physics. Princeton University, Ph.D. 1964; Harvard University, Junior Fellow, Harvard Society of Fellows, 1964–66; California Institute of Technology, Research Associate 1966; Princeton University, Visiting Lecturer 1969; Institute for Advanced Study, Member 1966–69, New Jersey Albert Einstein Professor 1979–2003, Professor 1969–2010, Professor Emeritus 2010–; American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Fellow; American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow; American Physical Society, Fellow; National Academy of Sciences, Member; American Physical Society, J. J. Sakurai Prize 1988; International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Dirac Prize and Medal 1998
Jan Walleczek Ph.D. is Director of the Fetzer Franklin Fund, and a Trustee of the John E. Fetzer Memorial Trust. He presently lives in Berlin, Germany, where he founded Phenoscience Laboratories. Previously he was Director of the Bioelectromagnetics Laboratory at Stanford University Medical School, Palo Alto, California. Jan Walleczek studied biology at the University of Innsbruck in Austria, followed by doctoral work at the Max-Planck-Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin, and post-doctoral work at the Research Medicine and Radiation Biophysics Division of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California at Berkeley. His research interests are diverse, and his scientific publications cover the fields of biology, chemistry, engineering, and physics. His work focuses on the application to living systems of concepts such as quantum coherence, emergent dynamics, and the flow of information, a long-standing interest which he summarized as an edited volume for Cambridge University press titled “Self-organized biological dynamics and nonlinear control”. In addition to advanced research design and methodology, his current professional interests include the philosophy and foundations of science.