Speakers: Dr. Carl Pabo, World leader in structure and design of DNA-binding protein, Founder of the Better World Institute for Thought & Policy, looking at questions about the power and limits of human thought, and previously Professor at MIT and Investigator at Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Dr. Eiko Ikegami, Walter A. Eberstadt Professor of Sociology and History at the New School of Social Research in New York. Dr. Scott Bolton, Associate Vice President of the Southwest Research Institute Space Science and Engineering Division and Principal Investigator of Juno, the New Frontiers program mission to Jupiter. Moderator: Prof. Caleb Scharf, Director of Astrobiology at Columbia University and a Global Science Coordinator for the Earth-Life Science Institute’s Origins Network.
Great scientific revolutions come from challenging what we all assume to be true and expanding what science is 'allowed' to ask. Recent technological breakthroughs are pushing against our cherished assumptions about the nature and primacy of our minds, and forcing us to ask new questions about our reality.
Just before Thanksgiving, enjoy a mental feast as the YHouse Institute's brightest and best chew through some tough questions: how do we evaluate the reality of our awareness from within that same awareness? Where does consciousness really come from, and how does it fit into our ideas about the nature of life and the human future? We can't promise to answer them all, but we can guarantee a stimulating evening of stories and provocative thinking from researchers working on the extreme edge of scientific innovation.
With Carl Pabo, world-leading molecular biologist, Eiko Ikegami, pioneering social scientist, and Scott Bolton, NASA astrophysicist who designed the mission allowing us to explore the orbit of Jupiter, the evening will provide a cornucopia of new ideas and perspectives on how understanding our minds directly helps us find our place in the universe.
Doors: 5:30, event 6:00.