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November 2015

What Can Neuroscience Offer the Study of Creativity – Seminars in Society and Neuroscience

November 23, 2015, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Buell Hall, Maison Francaise, Columbia University
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Questions about creativity from artistic, sociological, psychological, biological, computational, philosophical, and other perspectives have long asked how people (and machines) generate ideas, solve problems, and create works of art.

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December 2015

Difficult Decisions: The Complexities of Choice in the Real World

December 14, 2015, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Buell Hall, Maison Francaise, Columbia University
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Speakers: Alessandra Casella, PhD, Professor of Economics, Columbia University L. A. Paul, PhD, Professor of Philosophy, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Michael Platt, PhD, James S. Riepe University Professor in the Departments of Psychology, Neuroscience and Marketing, University of Pennsylvania Moderator: David Barack, PhD, Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience, Columbia University In the Odyssey, Agamemnon faces the classic tragic choice: he must decide whether or not to sacrifice his daughter to the goddess Artemis so that she will…

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February 2016

The Perception of Time – Seminars in Society and Neuroscience

February 22, 2016, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Buell Hall, Maison Francaise, Columbia University
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Speakers: C. Randy Gallistel, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology and Center for Cognitive Science, Rutgers, The State University of NJ David Laibson, Robert I. Goldman Professor of Economics and Chairman of the Department of Economics, Harvard University Michael Shadlen, Professor of Neuroscience and HHMI Investigator, Columbia University This event is free and open to the public. Reception to follow. This event is part of the Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience, Seminars in Society and Neuroscience series.

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Larry McGrath – Spiritualizing Neurology in the Fin de Siècle

February 24, 2016, 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm

The development of neurology in the late 19th century inaugurated a historical moment when the brain came to be taken seriously not only as the organ of thought, but also as the lynchpin of a materialist ideology. God and consciousness, many believed, had been excised from the natural world. Yet a movement of self-proclaimed French “spiritualists,” including Henri Bergson, Alfred Fouillée, and Jean-Marie Guyau, told a different story. They demonstrated that theology and metaphysics were not simply compatible with but…

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March 2016

Imag(in)ing Sex in the Brain

March 21, 2016, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Buell Hall, Maison Francaise, Columbia University
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Feminist scholars from neuroscience, philosophy, and cultural & media studies discuss how sex/gender gets into brain images, and what we can (and can’t) get out of such images.

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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

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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