The Brown Institute for Brain Science and Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute at Rhode Island Hospital presents Dr. Steven Pinker, professor of psychology at Harvard University. Pinker will give a lecture titled “The Better Angels of Our Nature,” as part of Rhode Island Medical Society’s 200th anniversary lecture series “Leaders in Emerging Field to Speak in Providence.” Pinker was named one of Time magazine’s ”100 most influential scientists and thinkers,” and was listed as “Top Global Thinkers,” by Foreign Policy magazine. A book signing of his latest book The Better Angels of Our Nature (2011) will follow after his lecture. This event begins at 5 p.m. in the Solomon Center for Teaching, DeCiccio Family Auditorium, College Green. brown.edu/academics/brain-science/
Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, Psychology, and the study of Memory and Consciousness are all focusing on understanding the nature, behaviour and living reality of our home; the human mind, living within our human brain. Weighing 3lb, being 6.5″x5.5″x3.5″ in size, having 2% of our body’s weight, consuming 20% of our body’s energy, containing around 100 billion neurons and establishing around 100 trillion connections, the human brain is, or should I say most likely you are, perceiving and reading and interpreting these words within its neural networks right now.
What does this relatively new form of life, this highly self aware and complex human brain, bring to Earth, to our Solar system, and to this Universe as a whole, so far as we know? And how do we find joy within it and do well by it? I intend to share new scientific insights into the structure and processes of our memories in mind, and then offer some of my own thoughts and theories regarding the very nature and form that our human minds take within reality as a whole, and in doing so, seek to propose some answers to these questions. Martin Squibbs, longtime Humanist Community member, will discuss these questions.