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April 2016

Chris Stover – Time, Territorialization, and Improvisational Spaces

April 5, 2016, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
814 Dodge Hall, Columbia University
New York, NY 10027 United States
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The Comparing Domains of Improvisation Discussion Group, co-organized by Marc Hannaford and Andrew Goldman, invites scholars and practitioners from many disciplines to discuss improvisation, conceived broadly, in order to better understand the nature of the concept and practice. On April 5, we invite Chris Stover, Assistant Professor of Music in Theory & Composition at the New School, to lead a discussion on Deleuze and the “improvisational moment.”

This event is free and open to the public.

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Katja Guenther – The Mirror and the Mind – Neuroscience and History Series

April 11, 2016, 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm
The Heyman Center for the Humanities, Columbia University
New York, NY 10027 United States
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This talk brings the study of material culture to an unlikely object: the mind. Focusing on three episodes of mirror use in the medicine and science of the mind in the twentieth century, Katja Guenther analyzes the ways in which this simple piece of experimental equipment has been used to capture the mind’s workings.

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Prediction: How Forecasting and Prospection Shape Thought – Seminars in Society and Neuroscience

April 18, 2016, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Buell Hall, Maison Francaise, Columbia University
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Speakers: David Danks, Professor of Philosophy and Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University Karl Friston, Wellcome Principal Research Fellow and Scientific Director, Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging; Professor of Neurology, University College London Carol Krumhansl, Professor of Psychology, Cornell University Moderator: Christopher Peacocke, Johnsonian Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University Prediction plays a fundamental role in cognition. Accurate prediction allows humans and other animals to act in ways that anticipate future states of the environment, potentially reducing the threat posed by dangers and increasing…

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May 2016

Neuroscience and Education – Seminars in Society and Neuroscience

May 2, 2016, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Buell Hall, Maison Francaise, Columbia University
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Speakers: David Hansen, PhD, Aohn L & Sue Ann Weinberg Professor in Historical & Philosophical Foundations of Education, Teachers College, Columbia University Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, EdD, Associate Professor of Education, Psychology & Neuroscience, University of Southern California Kimberly Noble, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University Moderator: Andrew Goldman, PhD, Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience, Columbia University As our understanding of neuroscience grows, so too does our potential ability to apply that knowledge to…

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October 2016

Theory of Mind – Seminars in Society and Neuroscience

October 20, 2016, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Italian Academy at Columbia University, 1161 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Speakers Laurie Santos, Rebecca Saxe, and Joshua Knobe will discuss the topic of theory of mind, moderated by Patricia Kitcher.

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November 2016

Characterizing Animals in Science and Fiction

November 28, 2016, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Buell Hall, Maison Francaise, Columbia University
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Animals play a central role in human imagination.  We study them, worship them, and domesticate them.  We use animals to tell some of our most popular stories.  But what do our characterizations of animals tell us about us? In other words, to what extent can cultural and scientific practices of characterizing animals reveal aspects of human (and animal) cognition?  How do attributions of “human” characteristics to “other” animals simultaneously blur and fortify distinctions among these classifications?  Our panelists approach these…

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December 2016

The Transmission of Knowledge: Tool Use and Cognition – Seminars in Society and Neuroscience

December 12, 2016, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive
New York, 10027 United States
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Why have so many animals from across the evolutionary tree evolved the ability to learn to use tools, as well as the cognitive capacity to learn from others?

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February 2017

Presidential Scholars Research Symposium

February 13, 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive
New York, 10027 United States
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This event will include presentations from several of our Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience, who will discuss their current cross-disciplinary research and findings.

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March 2017

Neuroscience in the Body: Perspectives at the Periphery – Seminars in Society and Neuroscience

March 6, 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Buell Hall, Maison Francaise, Columbia University
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Moderated by a current Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience, this discussion will extend across practices distinguished by disciplinary and cultural boundaries to explore neuroscience at the periphery of the body.

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April 2017

The Human Sense of Smell – Seminars in Society and Neuroscience

April 13, 4:15 pm - 7:00 pm
The Italian Academy at Columbia University, 1161 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10027 United States
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How does our brain make sense of scents and flavors? To explore the human sense of smell in its perceptual, neural, and cultural dimensions, the panel brings together cross-disciplinary perspectives from neuroscience, philosophy, and perfumery.

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