Tuesday, April 12th | 6:00pm | Round-table | The Institute for Public Knowledge
With: Susan Barry, Howard Engel, Rodolfo Llinas, Pascal Mamassian, Israel Rosenfield, Luc Steels, Edward Ziff
Hosted by: Israel Rosenfield, Edward Ziff
Co-presented with the Institute for Public Knowledge and Harper's Magazine
Neurosciences can provide unexpected insights into free will by questioning how we see, hear and feel. To what extent do our decisions, thoughts and actions depend on our perceptions? Perhaps the best way to understand what the brain is doing is by studying what happens when it breaks down.
This debate will center around two individuals whose neurological problems are discussed in Oliver Sacks’s recent book The Mind’s Eye: Susan Barry, a neurobiologist who lived in a two-dimensional world until as an adult she regained stereoscopic vision and Howard Engel, a mystery writer who can write, but no longer read. Israel Rosenfield, who has written extensively about memory, and Edward Ziff, who researches brain plasticity, will engage them in a discussion with a group of neuroscientists: Pascal Mamassian, who researches the brain’s visual deciphering of our environment, Rodolfo Llinas, who studies the brain rhythms that underlie consciousness, and Luc Steels, who employs artificial intelligence to study the genesis of language.
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