Sunday, January 27 at 2:00 PM
CUNY philosophy PhD candidate Liam Ryan will lead this discussion. One of the oldest philosophical questions is: does God exist? This week we will exa…
Price: 14.00 USD
Skye & Massimo’s Philosophy Café
Monday, January 28 at 6:00 PM
Imagine if there really was a “Love Potion Number 9”, or a breakup pill to ameliorate the pain of being dumped. Would you take it? Should you? If so, …
Prof. Brian Epstein, Tufts
Thursday, January 31, 2019, 03:00pm – 05:00pm
Skye & Massimo’s Philosophy Café
Friday, February 1 at 7:00 PM
There is good science and bad science. There is quasi-science and pseudo-science. It’s a complex landscape out there, where people can get lost, swaye…
A NIGHT OF PHILOSOPHY AND IDEAS is an all-night marathon of philosophical debate, performances, screenings, readings, and music.
Join us and be a part of this FREE 12-HOUR EXCHANGE OF IDEAS, featuring top philosophers from around the world.
FROM SATURDAY February 2 AT 7PM TO SUNDAY February 3, 2019 AT 7AM at Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY
Co-presented by Brooklyn Public Library and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.
Check back for more details in the coming weeks. The full schedule will appear here on January 10.
Jason D’Cruz (University at Albany, SUNY)
Rose Hill Campus
Then the excellent Ethan Hallerman is giving the season’s first Philosophy in the Library talk on February 6th at 7:30 PM – if you’re into the philosophy of technology, you’ll want to come out to this one.
Liberal democratic values seem embattled as never before in the United States, and around the world. The time is right for a serious and wide-ranging exploration of the prospects for liberal democracies in a context that acknowledges the historical and contemporary tensions between democracy and liberal values, both in theory and in practice. This conference convenes a varied group of scholars, journalists, policy expert and veteran public servants, we hope to stage a real meeting of the minds, not the usual partisan sniping that occurs at most academic events – and we are trying to be as inclusive as possible, by inviting thoughtful representatives from the left, right, and center.
Though liberalism and democracy have become intertwined in some contemporary societies, they have evolved along quite distinct paths historically. Democracy is an ancient idea, liberalism a very modern one. Greek democracy was not liberal, nor was the revolutionary democracy championed by the sans-culottes in the French Revolution. To this day, there are many avowedly democratic movements and regimes, both on the left and the right, that explicitly reject liberal values. Moreover, even in liberal democratic societies, there are important tensions between the two traditions.
In this conference, we will examine the prospects for liberal democracies against the backdrop of the historical and contemporary tensions between democracy and liberalism.
Featured speakers and participants
EJ Dionne Jr
T Chatterton Williams
T. Alexander Aleinikoff
Despite remarkable strides across virtually all scientific disciplines, the nature of the relationship between our brain and our conscious experience—the “mind-body problem”—remains perhaps the greatest mystery confronting science today. Most neuroscientists currently believe that neural activity in the brain constitutes the foundation of our reality, and that consciousness emerges from the dynamics of complicated neural networks. Yet no scientific theory to date has been able to explain how the properties of such neurons or neural networks actually translates into our specific conscious experiences.
The prevalent view in cognitive science today is that we construct our perception of reality in real time. But could we be misinterpreting the content of our perceptual experiences? According to some cognitive scientists, what we perceive with our brain and our senses does not reflect the true nature of reality. Thus, while evolution has shaped our perceptions to guide adaptive behavior, they argue, it has not enabled us to perceive reality as it actually is. What are the implications of such a radical finding for our understanding of the mystery of consciousness? And how do we distinguish between “normal” and “abnormal” perceptual experiences?
Cognitive scientist Donald D. Hoffman and neurologist Suzanne O’Sullivan join Steve Paulson to discuss the elusive quest to understand the fundamental nature of consciousness, and why our perception of reality is not necessarily what it seems.
*Reception to follow
This event is part of the Conversations on the Nature of Reality series.
Moderated by journalist Steve Paulson, Executive Producer of Wisconsin Public Radio’s To the Best of Our Knowledge, this three-part series at the New York Academy of Sciences brings together leading scientists and thinkers to explore the fundamental nature of reality through the lens of personal experience and scientific inquiry.
To learn more about each lecture and to purchase tickets, click on the links below.