Debate: Can Neuroscience Help Us Understand Art?
Gabrielle Starr (NYU), Dr Alva Noë (University of California, Berkeley)

December 10, 2015, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
NYU Center for Mind, Brain and Consciousness

Casa Italiana
24 W 12th St.
New York
United States


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Ned Block
New York University
New York University

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The NYU Center for Mind, Brain and Consciousness announces a debate:


Speakers: Gabrielle Starr (NYU, English)
and Alva Noë (UC Berkeley, Philosophy)

Thursday, December 10, 6:30-8:30pm
Casa Italiana, 24 W 12th St, NYU

Can understanding the brain reshape our conceptions of the arts?  Is
there a viable field of neuroaesthetics?  Gabrielle Starr (author of
Feeling Beauty: The Neuroscience of Aesthetic Experience thinks so.  Alva Noë
(author of Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature thinks not.  They will debate
this issue on Thursday December 10 from 6:30-8:30 pm at Casa Italiana
(24 W 12th St).

Starr is Professor of English and Seryl Kushner Dean of the College of
Arts and Science at NYU. Noë is Professor of Philosophy at UC Berkeley
and a contributor to NPR's 13.7: Cosmos and Culture blog and the New
York Times' Opinionator blog.

No registration is required.  Seating is first come, first served. A reception will follow the event.

This debate is sponsored by the NYU Center for Mind, Brain and Consciousness, as part of a series of debates (two per semester) on
foundational issues in the mind/brain sciences.  The third debate for 2015-16 will be held on Thursday February 4, 2016, between Susan Carey
(Harvard) and Jesse Prinz (CUNY) on "Are There Innate Concepts?".

Inquiries to [email protected].

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