Consciousness & Conscience

Thursday, 15 September 2022 8:00 PM - Sunday, 18 September 2022 10:30 PM EDT

308 Red River Rd, Thunder Bay, Ontario, P7B 1B1, Canada

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Thursday, 15 September 2022 8:00 PM - Sunday, 18 September 2022 10:30 PM EDT

Urban Abbey, 308 Red River Rd, Thunder Bay, Ontario, P7B 1B1, Canada.

Our lives are embedded in a single constant medium - our own consciousness. 

Despite this ever-present reality, we rarely take time to consider it. What does it mean to be conscious? How do we interact with other conscious beings and can we participate in their consciousness? Can we shape or impact consciousness? What role do ethics play? What is the implication that we humans appear to have a conscience embedded in our consciousness?

To answer these questions we have gathered four diverse thinkers and practitioners. Dr. John Vervaeke, a cognitive scientist, philosopher and professor at the University of Toronto; Pastor Paul Vanderklay, a Christian Reformed Church pastor who ministers in Sacramento California and engages in philosophy, theology and culture; Dr. Richard Maundrell, a philosophy professor at Lakehead University with particular interest in consciousness, brain death, biomedical ethics and phenomenology; and Jonathan Pageau, a Greek Orthodox icon carver specializing in symbolism, history and philosophy.

 

Join us in exploring these questions and more in a conference that will emphasize the development of insight and connection through in-the-moment process and discussion between our speakers and participants.

Urban Abbey is an intentional service-based community following the way of Jesus in how we care for and serve people- particularly the marginalized. We take our inspiration from Irish Abbeys of old, and in similar ways we offer our space for free daily meals, community and private events as well as emergency sheltering. Irish abbeys also put a focus on arts, education, and deep conversations that bridged cultural and philosophical gaps between peoples. In a similar way, we hope that offering this Consciousness & Conscience conference inspires deep conversations, new relationships and friendships and blesses not only those who attend but our neighbors and friends as well!

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Jonathan Pageau
Orthodox Icon Carver
Orthodox Arts Journal, The Symbolic World

Jonathan Pageau graduated with distinction from the Painting and Drawing program at Concordia University in Montreal during the late 1990s. Quickly disillusioned with contemporary art, he discovered icons and traditional Christian images along his own spiritual journey. Rekindling his love of art through study of traditional forms, Jonathan developed a passion for wood carving. Having studied Orthodox Theology and Iconology at the University of Sherbrooke, since 2003 Jonathan has been carving different types of liturgical objects. His carvings have been commissioned by churches, bishops, priests and laypeople in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. He has participated is several exhibitions of icons and teaches icon carving with Hexamaeron. Jonathan also produces online videos discussing Christian symbolism in all its forms.

https://Carving website: www.pageaucarvings.com ; Online videos: www.thesymbolicworld.com ;

About Jonathan Pageau

Orthodox Icon Carver
Orthodox Arts Journal, The Symbolic World
Dr. John Vervaeke
Professor
University of Toronto

John Vervaeke is an Associate Professor, in the teaching stream. He has been teaching at the University of Toronto since 1994. He currently teaches courses in the Psychology department on thinking and reasoning with an emphasis on insight problem solving, cognitive development with an emphasis on the dynamical nature of development, and higher cognitive processes with an emphasis on intelligence, rationality, mindfulness, and the Psychology of wisdom. He is the director of the Cognitive Science program where he also teaches courses on the introduction to Cognitive Science, and the Cognitive Science of consciousness wherein he emphasizes 4E (embodied, embedded, enacted, and extended) models of cognition and consciousness . In addition, he teaches a course in the Buddhism, Psychology and Mental Health program on Buddhism and Cognitive Science. He is the director of the Consciousness and the Wisdom Studies Laboratory. He has won and been nominated for several teaching awards including the 2001 Students' Administrative Council and Association of Part-time Undergraduate Students Teaching Award for the Humanities, and the 2012 Ranjini Ghosh Excellence in Teaching Award. He has published articles on relevance realization, general intelligence, mindfulness, flow, metaphor, and wisdom. He is first author of the book Zombies in Western Culture: A 21st Century crisis which integrates Psychology and Cognitive Science to address the meaning crisis in Western society. He is the author and presenter of the YouTube series, Awakening from the Meaning Crisis.

https://johnvervaeke.com ; youtube.com/user/johnvervaeke/featured

About Dr. John Vervaeke

Professor
University of Toronto
Dr. Richard Maundrell
Professor
Lakehead University

Richard Maundrell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Lakehead University. He received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Waterloo and began teaching at Lakehead in1985. He teaches courses in biomedical ethics, philosophy of mind, logic and critical thinking. He has published on a variety of topics in journals including The University of Toronto Quarterly, Dialogue, McGill Journal of Law and Health, and Impact Ethics. His current research concerns consciousness and the determination of neurological death.

About Dr. Richard Maundrell

Professor
Lakehead University
Paul Vanderklay
Reverend
Living Stones Christian Reformed Church

Rev. Paul Vander Klay is the pastor of Living Stones Christian Reformed Church in Sacramento California. He has a BA in History from Calvin College and an M.Div from Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids Michigan. He grew up in Paterson New Jersey in his father's racial reconciliation church. He served 6 years as a missionary in the Dominican Republic. He's got a YouTube channel and podcast commenting on the work of Jordan Peterson, John Vervaeke, Jonathan Pageau and others who pertain to the intersection of Christianity and the Meaning Crisis.

https://paulvanderklay.me ; youtube.com/paulvanderklay ; livingstonescrc.com

About Paul Vanderklay

Reverend
Living Stones Christian Reformed Church

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Sessions on Sep 15, 2022

08:00 PM

Early Arrivals Rendezvous

08:00 PM - 11:00 PMUrban Abbey

Sessions on Sep 16, 2022

09:30 AM

Registration Opens

09:30 AM - 10:00 PM
10:00 AM

Pre-conference Airsoft & BBQ

10:00 AM - 03:00 PMPaintball Mountain, 688 Mountain Rd, Thunder Bay ON P7J1G8
12:00 PM

Community Lunch

12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
01:00 PM

Pre-conference Discussion Forums

01:00 PM - 05:00 PM
06:00 PM

Prelude

06:00 PM - 06:15 PM
06:15 PM

The Three Questions about Consciousness

06:15 PM - 07:00 PMUrban Abbey
  • Dr. John Vervaeke

    Professor

    University of Toronto

07:15 PM

Collective Being as the Body of Christ

07:15 PM - 08:00 PMUrban Abbey
  • Paul Vanderklay

    Reverend

    Living Stones Christian Reformed Church

08:15 PM

Dialectic with John and Paul

08:15 PM - 09:00 PMUrban Abbey
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  • Paul Vanderklay

    Reverend

    Living Stones Christian Reformed Church

09:00 PM

Accessing Distributed Cognition

09:00 PM - 09:45 PM
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  • Paul Vanderklay

    Reverend

    Living Stones Christian Reformed Church

09:45 PM

Interlude

09:45 PM - 11:00 PM

Sessions on Sep 17, 2022

08:45 AM

Welcome

08:45 AM - 09:00 AM
09:00 AM

There Once Was a Star on Which Clever Animals Invented Knowledge...

09:00 AM - 10:00 AMUrban Abbey
  • Dr. Richard Maundrell

    Professor

    Lakehead University

10:00 AM

Love and Attention

10:00 AM - 11:00 AMUrban Abbey
  • Jonathan Pageau

    Orthodox Icon Carver

    Orthodox Arts Journal, The Symbolic World

11:00 AM

Dialectic with Richard and Jonathan

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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  • Dr. Richard Maundrell

    Professor

    Lakehead University

11:30 AM

Accessing Distributed Cognition

11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
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  • Dr. Richard Maundrell

    Professor

    Lakehead University

12:00 PM

Boxed Lunch

12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
01:00 PM

Speaker Panel Discussion

01:00 PM - 03:00 PMUrban Abbey
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  • Dr. Richard Maundrell

    Professor

    Lakehead University

03:00 PM

Round Table Dialectic 1

03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
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  • Dr. Richard Maundrell

    Professor

    Lakehead University

04:00 PM

Round Table Dialectic 2

04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
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  • Dr. Richard Maundrell

    Professor

    Lakehead University

05:00 PM

Supper Break

05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
07:00 PM

Dialectic with Jonathan and Paul

07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
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  • Jonathan Pageau

    Orthodox Icon Carver

    Orthodox Arts Journal, The Symbolic World

08:00 PM

Dialectic with John and Richard

08:00 PM - 09:00 PM
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  • Dr. Richard Maundrell

    Professor

    Lakehead University

09:00 PM

Concluding Thoughts

09:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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  • Dr. Richard Maundrell

    Professor

    Lakehead University

10:00 PM

Interlude

10:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Sessions on Sep 18, 2022

10:00 AM

Sunday – A Day to Cultivate Consciousness and Conscience through Participation

10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
10:30 AM

Worship Service with Urban Abbey

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Paul Vanderklay

    Reverend

    Living Stones Christian Reformed Church

12:00 PM

Lunch Break

12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
02:00 PM

Introduction to Iconography

02:00 PM - 03:45 PM
  • Jonathan Pageau

    Orthodox Icon Carver

    Orthodox Arts Journal, The Symbolic World

04:00 PM

Meditation and Contemplation

04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
  • Dr. John Vervaeke

    Professor

    University of Toronto

06:00 PM

Postlude

06:00 PM - 06:15 PM