Part of the series “Chasing Consciousness: From Cells to Societies, Neuroscience to Machine Awareness”

Speakers: Ryota Kanai (Araya Brain Imaging), Caleb Scharf (Columbia University), and Erik Hoel (Columbia University)
Moderated by: George Musser (Scientific American)

Three leading scientists—Ryota Kanai (neuroscientist and CEO of Araya Brain Imaging), Erik Hoel (complex systems and consciousness researcher at Columbia University), and Caleb Scharf (origins of life and astrobiology researcher at Columbia University)—will discuss an area that current neuroscientific research tends to ignore: awareness. How do we become cognizant of our surroundings and our selves? How do our brains juggle the myriad inputs and decide what to focus on? How could a machine achieve the same functions? Ryota Kanai, Erik Hoel, and Caleb Scharf are founding members of YHouse, a new New York-based brain research institute. Moderated by the award-winning journalist George Musser, author of Spooky Action at a Distance and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to String Theory.

Friday, September 16, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Art Lounge of the Rubin Museum of Art