David Chalmers, University Professor of Philosophy and Neural Science, and Co-Director of the Center for Mind, Brain and Consciousness at New York University, will deliver the Merlan Lecture. Professor Chalmers is a world-renowned philosopher of mind and cognitive science. He is the author of The Conscious Mind, Explaining Consciousness: the Hard Problem, The Character of Consciousness, and Constructing the World; and the editor of Metametaphysics: New Essays on the Foundations of Ontology and Philosophy of Mind: Classical and Contemporary Readings. He has written many groundbreaking papers in philosophy of mind and philosophy of language, and earned numerous prizes, including the Stanton Prize for Philosophy and Psychology, the Jon Barwise Prize for Philosophy and Computing, and the Jean Nicod Prize. He has been interviewed for academic and lay publications in print and video many times.