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MSU: Barb Oakley – Bad to the Bone

March 26, 2009
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Michigan State University
220 Trowbridge Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824 United States

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Organized by:
Julia Smith
Email: msu@centerforinquiry.net


CFI | MSU will participate in a joint event with Mid-Michigan Atheists and Humanists this month in hosting a lecture, titled “Bad to the Bone: Horrors!—Can Our Genes Help Make Us Act Badly?” This lecture will be presented by Professor Barbara Oakley, PhD.

This is a great opportunity to enjoy an outside the box look at interdisciplinary connections between psychology and many different fields, including history, sociology, politics, and biology. Professor Barbara Oakley uses neuroscience and evolutionary theory–as well as an unusually adventurous background that has earned her the nickname of a “female Indiana Jones,” to knit together disparate pieces of research that point toward answers to one of the most compelling questions today–why do some people intentionally inflect emotional and physical pain on others?

What others have said about Evil Genes: “A fascinating scientific and personal exploration of the roots of evil, filled with human insight and telling detail.” —Steven Pinker, Johnston Professor, Harvard University, and author of The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, and The Stuff of Thought.

Students from other area campuses are invited to attend.

About Barbara Oakley, Ph.D., P.E.

Professor of Engineering, Oakland University

Barbara Oakley, PhD, PE is a professor of engineering at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. She is the author of “A Mind for Numbers,” (Penguin, 2014), and a co-instructor (with Terrence Sejnowski, the Francis Crick Professor of the Salk Institute) of the massive open online course “Learning How to Learn,” from Coursera, which, with nearly 200,000 students, is the largest course ever taught on how to learn. Dr. Oakley’s research focuses on the complex relationship between neuroscience and social behavior, and has been described as “revolutionary” by the Wall Street Journal. Oakley’s books have been praised by many leading researchers and writers, including Harvard’s Steven Pinker and E. O. Wilson, and National Book Award winner Joyce Carol Oates. Dr. Oakley was designated as an NSF New Century Scholar; she is also a recipient of the Oakland University Teaching Excellence Award (2013) and the National Science Foundation’s Frontiers in Engineering New Faculty Fellow Award. Dr. Oakley is an elected Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.