What Can Mathematics Teach Us About the Mind/Brain at the Helix Center at NYPSI

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The Helix Center for Interdisciplinary Investigation
247 East 82nd St., between 2nd & 3rd, NY, NY, 10028

Saturday, September 15, 2012, , 2:30 – 4:30 PM, Donations accepted
What Can Mathematics Teach Us About the Mind/Brain

We are pleased to announce that Xiao-Jing Wang, Professor of Neurobiology, Adjunct Professor of Physics, Applied Mathematics and Psychology, and Director of the Swartz Program in Theoretical Neuroscience, all at Yale University, will be participating in the Helix Center roundtable this Saturday, September 15th, from 2:30 to 4:30 pm, when philosophy meets mathematics meets neuroscience in “What Can Mathematics Teach Us About the Mind/Brain?” This roundtable investigates how cutting-edge mathematical models are elucidating the computational rules encoding brain functions for a deeper understanding of mind. Professor Wang will be joining Ned Block (Silver Professor of Philosophy, Psychology and Neural Science, New York University); Bard Ermentrout (Distinguished University Professor of Computational Biology and Professor of Mathematics, University of Pittsburgh); Ken Miller (Professor of Neuroscience, Physiology, and the Center for Theoretical Biology, Columbia University); and George Reeke (Associate Professor and Head of the Laboratory of Biological Modeling, Rockefeller University). This promises to be a remarkable gathering of leading thinkers in this area. We hope you will join them, too.

If for any reason you are unable to attend, as with all Helix Center roundtables and programs, you can follow the proceedings via live webcast at the Helix Center website, Every Helix program will also be archived there should you wish to view any part of it later.

Future Helix Center Events:

We are also pleased to announce that the first Helix Center Poetry Program, “Collaborations: Jazz and Poetry” takes place on Sunday, October 14th, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm. Acclaimed jazz pianist Lewis Porter and award-winning jazz poet Sean Singer’s live, collaborative performance raises fundamental questions about the relationship between music, poetry, and improvisation.

This program takes place the day after the roundtable, “Why Do Economists Disagree?” Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 13th, 2:30 to 4:30 pm, to join a group of politically diverse, noted economists exploring their philosophical divergences (and convergences) just 24 days before Election Day. Robert Frank of Cornell moderates; other participants include Graciela Chichilnisky of Columbia and Jeffrey Miron of Harvard, in a roundtable sure to be of interest to every voter.

The weekend of October 26-27th is packed with Helix Center events: visiting interdisciplinary scholar Maxine Sheets-Johnstone moderates two fascinating roundtables: on Friday the 26th at 6:30 pm, “Life and Movement,” poses the following question: “How does the evolution, coordination dynamics, and physics of movement help us understand life?”; and on Saturday the 27th, at 1:00 pm, “Male-Male Competition: Globalization, War, and Violence,” explores an evolutionary perspective on war, violence, and globalization. Later that evening of October 27th, the center will hold a fundraiser. Details to follow…

All Helix Center programs are held in the NYPSI’s new Miriam & Nicholas Young Auditorium. Come early, as seating is not reserved and these programs are free and open to the public

Of course, in addition to your participation at these events, we hope you will avail yourselves of the Helix Center website “conversations” feature. Participate in an ongoing conversation or start one yourself, on any of the roundtable or program subjects. This virtual forum invites you into the continuing interdisciplinary process of creative inquiry at the heart of the Helix Center: facilitating curiosity, playfulness, inspiration, reflection, and wonder.

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