Newsome at TWU: Consciousness & Neuroscience

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FREE PUBLIC EVENT: UBC Graduate & Faculty Christian Forum, ACTS Seminaries, the Institute for Christian Apologetics, and the CSCA present a lecture by Bill Newsome (Department of Neurobiology, Stanford University School of Medicine). Sponsored by Trinity Western University’s Faculties of Natural and Applied Sciences & of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Jan 30

Bill Newsome (Neuroscientist, Stanford)
"Of Two Minds: A Neuroscientist Balances Science & Faith"

Tuesday | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm | Northwest Building (Auditorium), Trinity Western University

“Can subjective awareness (i.e. consciousness!) be satisfactorily accounted for by modern neuroscience?”

For many neuroscientists, the cardinal long-term goal of our enterprise is to completely understand mental experience in terms of the third-person explanatory constructs of contemporary neuroscience with no “residue” left over. The feasibility of such an agenda has been debated for centuries, but the issue is no longer merely conjectural. Empirical experiments from the recent history of neuroscience frame the question in concrete form while still searching for an answer.

William “Bill” Newsome is the Harman Family Provostial Professor, Vincent V.C. Woo Director of the Stanford Neuroscience Institute and Professor of Neurobiology at Stanford University. His PhD is from California Institute of Technology. He is the recipient of numerous honours and awards including being elected to membership in the American Philosophical Society, the Dan David Prize and being elected to Membership in the National Academy of Science. His research aims to understand the neuronal processes that mediate visual perception and visually guided behaviour.