Event Calendar

Monday, February 25, 2019

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6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Social Hall
Skye & Massimo's Philosophy Cafe: Is Consciousness a Basic Property of the Universe?
Skye & Massimo's Philosophy Cafe: Is Consciousness a Basic Property of the Universe?
Monday, February 25, 2019 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Social Hall

Have you ever heard of panpsychism? It’s the ancient notion, going back all the way to the pre-Socratic Heraclitus, that the universe itself is permeated by intelligence. Some contemporary philosophers have revived the idea in order to solve what they call the “hard problem” of consciousness, i.e., how is it possible that matter gives rise to first-person experiences? The reasoning is that if consciousness is elemental, then, of course, beings with a lot of atoms in their bodies will be highly conscious. Is this good metaphysics or pseudo-philosophy? Do we have any empirical way to find out? Does modern physics have anything to tell us about it?

The Café is run by philosophers Skye Cleary (http://tinyurl.com/yddu38tf) and Massimo Pigliucci (http://tinyurl.com/msm6d6u). It is based on the principle of the Socratic dialogue. Every meeting has a simple theme (e.g., should we be afraid of death? What's the ethics of eating?), which is introduced by Skye and Massimo on the basis of short, accessible, suggested (but not mandatory!) readings. The rest of the meeting then features an open discussion among participants, facilitated by Skye and Massimo, aiming at sharpening our thinking about whatever subject matter is being examined.

For more information, visit the Cafe's Meetup page: https://www.meetup.com/SkyeandMassimophilosophycafe

Meeting dates subject to change.

 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Speaking of Science - The Astonishing Truth about Exercise and the Brain w/ Dr. Wendy A. Suzuki
Speaking of Science - The Astonishing Truth about Exercise and the Brain w/ Dr. Wendy A. Suzuki
Monday, February 25, 2019 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Speaker: Dr. Wendy A. Suzuki, NYU Center for Neural Science

Dr. Suzuki will describe the neuroscience behind why physical activity is the most transformative lifestyle change that you can make for your brain today. Dr. Suzuki is a Professor of Neural Science and Psychology in the Center for Neural Science at New York University. Her major research interest is brain plasticity. She is best known for her extensive work studying areas in the brain critical for our ability to form and retain new long-term memories. More recently her work has focused on understanding how aerobic exercise can be used to improve learning, memory and higher cognitive abilities in humans.