Friday, October 16, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
The Center for the Core Curriculum
In Confessions (Bk VIII, chap 9), Augustine bemoaned that "The mind commands the body, and it obeys instantly; the mind commands itself, and is resisted.” This summarizes some of his greatest philosophical questions: how can we make sense of the relationship between the mind, the body, and the will? How do we make decisions? Are we ever able to rule ourselves? And can we make sense of our disobedient and sinful desires? Come discuss with Professor Shadlen how modern neuroscience asks strikingly similar questions about the sometimes fraught and fragile balance between the mind, the brain, and the body. Dr. Shadlen is a neuroscientist and neurologist, whose research centers in decision making. A Howard Hughes Medical Investigator and Professor of Neuroscience at Columbia University, as well as a member of the Kavli Institute for Brain Science and the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, Dr. Shadlen was elected a Member of the National Academy of Medicine in 2014 and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2015. He is also a jazz guitarist and interested in the relation between jazz and neuroscience.