We'll be discussing Sapolsky's "Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst" Chapters 7 & 8. … [Read more...]
Readings on selected topics with open roundtable discussion. The focus is on social, political and ethical issues emerging from recent discoveries and the promise of neuro-scientific research. Open to members, friends and guests.
The Brain Group meets on the first Sunday of the month, at 1 PM, after the 11 a.m. Platform meeting (and after some refreshments). The group is open to members and non-members. The Junior Brainiacs meet on the same day as part of the Sunday School program for children. Bring a friend – all children are welcomed.
Description and Purpose
Leading an ethical life involves interacting with, and having compassion for, others. Such a life is enriched with a better understanding of human nature, and today that understanding is enhanced by neuroscience – the study of the biological sources of human behavior. The objective of the Brain Group, started in January 2010, is to give its members a well-founded knowledge of this science, since popular media reports of breaking research can be misleading due to oversimplification and exaggeration. This is achieved through readings and discussion, with visits from practicing scientists. The group is led by Karin Krueger, M.A. in neuroscience. The curriculum has covered subjects such as behavior, consciousness, compassion, morality, religiosity, mental illness, neuroethics, genetics, and evolution.
For a list of books the group has read over the past years: Brain Group Reading List
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Join us at 1 pm to discuss Robert Sapolsky's "Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers". This thoroughly enjoyable read is also … [Read more...]
The Brain Group will meet this Sunday, March 5th, at 1 PM to discuss narcissism and empathy, group thinking, and "How to … [Read more...]
Feb 5th, we will discuss "Not by Genes Alone: How Culture Transformed Human Evolution" by Peter Richerson and Robert … [Read more...]
Sunday Dec. 4th we will have a special guest, Dr. Leslie Henderson, Dept. of Psychology & Neurobiology, Dartmouth, … [Read more...]