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The Scientific Search for Consciousness (Grand Rapids)

Date:
October 10, 2012
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Sweet House
254 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

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Organized by:
Jennifer Beahan
Phone: 616-698-2342 x801
Email: jbeahan@centerforinquiry.org

Description:

Eric R. Kandel, winner of the Nobel Prize in medicine, wrote that “Understanding consciousness is the most challenging task confronting science.” Nonetheless, the scientific attempt to meet this challenge is highly preferable to the unreasonable and hopeless belief in non-physical souls or minds. Trying to explain consciousness, however, is mined with daunting ambiguities and paradoxes.

In this talk, Gonzalo will discuss how Francis Crick and other famous scientists have tried to solve these problems. He will then sketch his own proposal for making significant progress in this field.

Meetings are open to the Public

After the meeting, join us at Vitale’s Restaurant, 834 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI to socialize. View Map

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About Gonzalo Munevar, PhD

Gonzalo Munevar has a Ph.D. in philosophy of science from the University of California at Berkeley. He has published several books in that area, in both English and Spanish. Most of his research now is in neuroscience, particularly in doing brain-scanning experiments about the self (fMRI) and consciousness. He presently teaches at Lawrence Technological University in Michigan. He has published articles about conceptual issues in space exploration and has also published poetry and fiction, including a novel (The Master of Fate). In addition, he is the author of two blogs: Alex in Femiland: A Politically Incorrect Novel of Morals, and The Philosophy of Space Exploration.