Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Please join an interdisciplinary group of faculty and students for informal discussions on issues at the intersection of philosophy, neuroscience, and cognitive psychology. Feel free to bring your lunch, and spread the word about the Brown Bag Series.


Thursday, October 25 at noon in the conference room of the Philosophy Department (34 Peachtree, 11th floor)
"What can nonhuman primates tell us about morality?"
Sarah Brosnan (GSU, Psychology) will present some of her fascinating work on inequity and prosocial behavior, and Andrea Scarantino (GSU, Philosophy) will comment. The issue at hand is the extent to which learning about the social behaviors of nonhuman primates can shed light on the building blocks of human morality.

Thursday, November 29th at noon in the conference room of the Philosophy Department (34 Peachtree, 11th floor)
"On the methodological foundations of fmri studies: What can differential BOLD activation REALLY tell you?"
Fmri studies are all the rage. But are they systematically misinterpreted or overinterpreted in contemporary neurobiology? What scientific inferences are legitimate from the evidence of differential BOLD activation? Diana Robins (GSU, Psychology) and Erin McClure (GSU, Psychology), who both use fmri technology in their research on, respectively, autism and social anxiety, will engage in a dialogue on this important topic.

Also, we are working on the Spring schedule. Ronald Arkin, Director of the Mobile Robot Laboratory at Georgia Institute of Technology, has just agreed to give us a talk on his cutting-edge work in robotics and on the ethical issues it raises for humans. Other exciting meetings are in the works, so stay tuned for updates!

Andrea Scarantino

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