From the Brain to Human Culture: Intersections between the Humanities and Neuroscience
April 20-21, 2007
In conjunction with the Social Science Colloquium Series, an interdisciplinary conference organized by the Johnson Chair in Comparative Humanities:
Michael Gazzaniga, PhD
Professor of Psychology
Director SageCenter for the Study of the Mind
University of California at Santa Barbara
Dr. Gazzaniga examines the role of the brain in determining the nature of our mind. His many published books and articles represent cutting-edge neuroscience research, while many of his writings are also accessible to a lay audience. Much of Dr. Gazzaniga's work has been dedicated to studies on brain lateralization--the differential roles of the brain’s two hemisphere’s, and the ways in which the cerebral hemispheres communicate with one another. Dr. Gazzaniga gained early acclaim for his ground-breaking studies on "split-brain" patients--patients whose cerebral hemispheres had been severed. These studies contributed greatly to our understanding of the role of the brain in human consciousness and behavior. Dr. Gazzaniga founded the Neuroscience Institute and the Cognitive Neuroscience Society. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Andy Clark, DPhil
Professor of Logic and Metaphysics
University of Edinburgh
Andy Clark is one of the most important philosophers of cognitive science at work today. Appointed to the Chair in Logic and Metaphysics at Edinburgh in 2004, he has also taught at the Universities of Glasgow, Sussex, Washington (St Louis)--where he was Director of the Philosophy/ Neuroscience/Psychology Program--and Indiana. His research interests include the philosophy of mind and artificial intelligence, focusing specifically on robotics, artificial life, embodied cognition, and the interrelations of mind, technology and culture. Dr. Clark’s most recent books are Mindware: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Cognitive Science (Oxford University Press, 2001) and Natural-Born Cyborgs: Minds, Technologies and the Future of Human Intelligence (Oxford University Press, NY. 2003).