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Events at CSLI

5th CSLI Workshop on Logic, Rationality & Intelligent Interaction

This event continues a long-standing tradition at Stanford of annual workshops in logic, broadly conceived, aimed at fostering discussion across disciplines and universities, with the added goal of involving both junior and senior participants. The content of the workshop is drawn from the disciplines of logic, philosophy, mathematics, computer science, cognitive science, linguistics and economics, with an emphasis on exploring interdisciplinary contacts.

    Logic and Philosophy: Rachael Briggs (Stanford), Hanti Lin (UC Davis), John Perry (Stanford), Jennifer Wang (Stanford)

5th CSLI Workshop on Logic, Rationality & Intelligent Interaction

This event continues a long-standing tradition at Stanford of annual workshops in logic, broadly conceived, aimed at fostering discussion across disciplines and universities, with the added goal of involving both junior and senior participants. The content of the workshop is drawn from the disciplines of logic, philosophy, mathematics, computer science, cognitive science, linguistics and economics, with an emphasis on exploring interdisciplinary contacts.

    Logic and Philosophy: Rachael Briggs (Stanford), Hanti Lin (UC Davis), John Perry (Stanford), Jennifer Wang (Stanford)

Matthew Smith - The Rise of the Neural Subject

The Center for the Explanation of Consciousness at CSLI and the Stanford Humanities Center present a workshop on Interdisciplinary Approaches to Consciousness today at 5:00 PM. All are welcome to attend.

 

Matthew Smith, DLCL, Stanford 

"The Rise of the Neural Subject"

Abstract:

    How did we come to think of the self not as soul, psyche, or mind but as brain and nervous system?  Though much talked about in recent popular-science books such as V. S. Ramachandran’s The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Quest for What Makes Us Human, Patricia Churchland’s Touching a Nerve: The Self as Brain, and Joseph LeDoux’s The Synaptic Self, the idea is hardly recent.  An understanding of its history may help us to better understand its present and future.

    After sketching a broad history of the formation of this conception of the self, this talk will pay particular attention to cultural transformations in Western Europe and the United States in the mid-19th century.  Concentrating on the period around 1870, we will find that works of art (such as Richard Wagner’s operas, Émile Zola’s novels, and the emergence of Victorian “sensation drama”) combined with neurological research (by Hermann von Helmholtz, Julius Bernstein, and George Miller Beard) to inspire a new conception of consciousness and personhood—a conception we may call the neural subject.

Refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by the Stanford Humanities Center Radway Workshops Program, and the Center for the Explanation of Consciousness, CSLI.