Mind Matters: Past, Present, and Future

Saturday, February 10th, 2018, 2:30pm

Future Event

From Xenophanes’ 6th c. BCE theory of divine intellection imbuing, comprehending, and organizing the cosmos, through Nicholas of Cusa’s 15th c. definition of mind as “the limit and measure of all things,” through Hume and his Enlightenment kin’s aspiration to be the “Newton of the mind,” to the naturalized explanations of contemporary cognitive science, Western men and women have wrestled with the proper place of mind among the constituents—material and non-material—of the universe. How has our understanding of mind evolved in light of advances in brain science, computer science, mathematics, physics, psychology, and psychoanalysis? What part can and should metaphysics and theology play in this advance? Where—and what—will ‘mind’ be 100 years from now?

Participants:

John Krakauer

Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Director of BLAM Lab, Co-founder of the KATA project

Dr. Krakauer received his bachelor’s and master’s deegree from Cambridge University, and his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. After completing an internship in Internal Medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, he returned to Columbia University for his residency in… read more »

Jonathan Kramnick

John C. Malone Professor at the Malone Center for Engineering in Healthcare, Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Krakauer is the John C. Malone Professor at the Malone Center for Engineering in Healthcare, Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience, Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Director of the Brain, Learning, Animation, and Movement Lab, and co-founder of the Kata Project at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His areas of research interest… read more »

George Makari

Director, The DeWitt Wallace Institute for the History of Psychiatry

George Makari is the Director of the DeWitt Wallace Institute for the History of Psychiatry and Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College. He is an Adjunct Professor at Rockefeller University and Columbia University’s Psychoanalytic Center. Dr. Makari writes and lectures widely on the mind sciences and the lessons to be learned from the… read more »

Ken Miller

Professor of Neuroscience, Department of Physiology and Director, Center for Theoretical Biology, Columbia University

Kenneth Miller is Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Department of Physiology and Director, Center for Theoretical Neurobiology, Columbia University. Co-Director of Columbia’s Swartz Program in Theoretical Neurobiology, its Center for Theoretical Neuroscience, as well as its Neurobiology and Behavior Graduate Program, Professor Miller also serves as Vice-Chair of its Department of Neuroscience. He received his B.A…. read more »

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