A professor of logic and metaphysics at Edinburgh University, Clark is the author of “Being There: Putting Brain, Body and World Together Again” and “Natural-Born Cyborgs: Minds, Technologies and the Future of Human Intelligence.” His research interests include robotics and artificial life, the cognitive role of human-built structures, specialization and interactive dynamics in neural systems, and the interplay between language, thought, socio-technological scaffolding and action. He is currently working on predictive coding models of neural function.
The second lecture in the Incite Your Curiosity lecture series from the Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology at the University of Texas at Dallas.
Nersessian studies the cognitive and cultural mechanisms that lead to innovation. A Regents Professor and Professor of Cognitive Science at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Nersessian is the author of the book Creating Scientific Concepts. In this book, she rejects the notion of eureka moments to account for scientific breakthroughs. Her analysis draws on cognitive science research and historical accounts of scientific practices to show how scientific and ordinary cognition lie on a continuum. In her current work, she is investigating creative problem solving in interdisciplinary bioengineering research laboratories. Nersessian has a PhD in philosophy from Case Western Reserve University. She is a fellow of the Cognitive Science Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. She recently was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.
The first lecture in the Incite Your Curiosity lecture series from the Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology at the University of Texas at Dallas.
Simonton is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Davis, where he applies quantitative methods to understand the human psyche and its relationship to aesthetics, creativity, genius, leadership and talent. He has studied eminent scientists and inventors, great philosophers and artists, literary giants and classical composers, world leaders and other distinguished achievers in almost every domain of accomplishment. He examines such factors as intelligence, precocity, personality, values, motivation, family environment, education, political circumstances and the broad socio-cultural milieu. From these studies, Simonton has published more than 300 articles and 10 books.