12th Annual International Bioethics Forum

12th Annual International Bioethics Forum

April 25-26, 2013
BioPharmaceutical Technology Center
5445 East Cheryl Parkway
Fitchburg/Madison, WI 53711

Coordinated by Promega Corporation and the BTC Institute, the 2013 Bioethics Forum offers two days of thoughtful information-sharing and discussion. Continuing with the theme of human consciousness, our topic this year is: Creative Insight: Further Studies in Human Consciousness.

Creativity can be defined as a process or consciousness state resulting in new insights leading to ideas, products, processes, and artistic expressions. Creative ideas have transformed society; new products and processes have brought convenience, safety, and capabilities; artistic expression opens us to the richness of human experience.

Designed for the general public and bringing together a diverse group of renowned presenters, the Forum focuses on the sharing of scientific research and the consideration of related social and ethical issues. Many questions related to creativity will be explored, including:

From the perspectives of neuroscience, psychology, the arts and other disciplines, what do we know about the creative process and the state of human consciousness?
Are there techniques and environments that effectively develop and nourish creativity in all of us?
What is the impact of science and technology on the creative process?


Lynda Barry (Cartoonist, Artist, Author and Speaker, Rock County, WI)

Erik Davis (Cultural Critic, Freelance Journalist and Lecturer, San Francisco, CA)

James Fadiman, Ph.D. (Adjunct Full Professor, Sofia University (formerly Institute of Transpersonal Psychology), Palo Alto, CA)

Rex E. Jung, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM)

Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D. (Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology, New York University, New York, NY)

David Krakauer, D. Phil. (Director, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, Madison, WI)

William Linton (Chairman & CEO, Promega Corporation)

Alfonso Montuori, Ph.D. (Professor and Department Chair, Transformative Studies Ph.D. and Transformative Leadership M.A., California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA)

Steve Paulson (Executive Producer, To The Best of Our Knowledge, Wisconsin Public Radio and Public Radio International) (Moderator)
To The Best of Our Knowledge Presents: Meet Your Mind – A User’s Guide to the Science of Consciousness

Matthieu Ricard (Monk, Shechen Tennyi Dargyeling Monastery, near Kathmandu, Nepal)