As always I am interested to hear people’s thoughts on the conference. What did you like, what didn’t you like? Did people use the podcasts? Last year I tried threaded discussions and this year went back to linear discussion that seems to be better, right?
Things are already moving for CO4 in 2012. One thing that I will be trying to do is to bring some kind of synchronous online sessions to the conference. I do not want to eliminate the asynchronous comment-at-your-own-pace element but rather to supplement it with live face-to-face presentations and discussion with the help of Bernard Baars, who will also be giving a keynote talk. This year I also had a special session organized by Jake Berger and I am interested in expanding this kind of thing. The ASSC usually has a call for submitted thematic symposia and I am wondering if this might be something worth doing here?
Also, since Youtube has let me upload videos without length restrictions I have uploaded the keynote talks from previous years at my ConsciousnessOnline channel (there are also some talks of mine and some videos of the New York Consciousness Collective).
Finally, Consciousness Online will host a series of lectures on the science and philosophy of consciousness beginning with introductory lectures given by Dr. Baars and eventually inviting speakers. The videos will be available to download or to watch streaming, though we will not open discussion on them (or if we do perhaps it will be without the commitment of the speaker to participate). So look out for that!
In general I am very interested in ways of improving the online conference as well as experimenting and expanding, so please any feedback is welcome! Richard