Sequenom Laboratories has a rich history of innovation.

We were the first to offer noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT) to analyze cell-free fetal DNA circulating in maternal blood.

I feel obliged to post something fast, because conference organizer and quantum-consciousness advocate Stuart Hameroff complained that most reporters “come for free, drink our booze and don’t write anything.” Hameroff also generously allowed me to give a talk, “ for links to next three posts.) I’d call this a “stream-of-consciousness report on consciousness,” but that would be pretentious.

This question is surely as interesting as whether zombies are possible, which Chalmers popularized. : Dispatch from the Desert of Consciousness Research, Part 2 Dispatch from the Desert of Consciousness Research, Part 3 Dispatch from the Desert of Consciousness Research, Part 4 Flashback: My Report on First Consciousness Powwow in Tucson. Can Integrated Information Theory Explain Consciousness?

Since the inception of Sequenom Laboratories prenatal and family planning services, we have amassed an extensive evidence base demonstrating the ability of Sequenom Laboratories laboratory-developed tests to provide accurate insights for family planning.

Next up is philosopher Richard Brown on a theory of consciousness called Higher Order Representation of Representation, or HOROR. Spotting a little girl wriggling in a chair a few rows before me, I wonder, Who would bring a to this lecture?

Brown is so unintelligible that I stop taking notes, and I never stop taking notes. Scientists are entitled to be difficult, but what’s philosophers’ excuse?

Neuroscientist Naotsugu Tsuchiya comes on stage to tell us about integrated information theory.

IIT was invented by Guilio Tononi and popularized by Christof Koch. Chalmers likes IIT too, because it incorporates the notion, which he proposed here in Tucson in 1994, that information pervades reality.The resort is a sprawl of pinkish brick guarded by saguaro cactus and back-dropped by mountains.I rush to afternoon lectures in the Kiva Ballroom, a vast, dimly lit cavern with a floodlit stage flanked by two immense screens.I am cruelly reminded of the Law of Concurrent Sessions: No matter how promising a session sounds, after it starts you will wish you were in another session. (Come on, he was asking for it.) Exhausted, I consume a bowl of angel hair, return to my room, flip open my laptop and upload on Netflix.I pop into sessions with intriguing titles: “The Extended Mind,” “Panpsychism, Idealism and Metaphysics,” “Agency and Free Will.” I like a talk by philosopher Claudia Passos on whether infants have a sense of “conscious agency.” Yes, even babies have free will! For months, I’ve been plowing through the old series, which comforts me.Driving to the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, he argues strenuously that President Trump will make us great again.