• The Emerging Science of Consciousness

  • The Emerging Science of Consciousness

  • The complexity of the human brain and how it gives rise to our understanding and experience of the world around us is one of the greatest mysteries remaining in science today. While recent discoveries in neuroscience are providing us with new insights into the workings of the brain, a comprehensive science of the mind is only just beginning to emerge.

    Moderated by Steve Paulson, Executive Producer of Wisconsin Public Radio's To The Best Of Our Knowledge, this four-part lecture series brings together leading experts from various fields to discuss how the latest research is challenging our understanding of the very nature and function of consciousness in our daily lives.

    Pricing: Individual Lectures
    Academy Members: Free
    Non-members: $15
    Students: $10

  • Recent Events

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    Becoming Conscious: The Science of Mindfulness

    Panelists: Richard Davidson (University of Wisconsin, Madison), Amishi Jha (University of Miami), Jon Kabat-Zinn (University of Massachusetts Medical School, Prof. Em.)
    Moderator: Steve Paulson (To The Best Of Our Knowledge — WPR)

    Neuroscientists Richard Davidson and Amishi Jha join mindfulness expert Jon Kabat-Zinn to explore the role of consciousness in mental and physical health, and what science is revealing about the transformation of consciousness through mindfulness and contemplative practice.

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    Music & the Mind: The Magical Power of Sound

    Watch video of this event.
    Panelists: Jamshed Bharucha (Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art), Vijay Iyer, (Composer & Pianist, New York City), Charles J. Limb (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine), Concetta Tomaino (Institute for Music and Neurologic Function)
    Moderator: Steve Paulson (To The Best Of Our Knowledge — WPR)

    Cognitive neuroscientist and musician Jamshed Bharucha, music therapy pioneer Concetta Tomaino, jazz pianist Vijay Iyer, and physician musician Charles Limb discuss the ability of music to foster creativity, elicit emotions, and even to heal us, at the interface of body, mind, and memory.

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    The Mystery of Memory: In Search of the Past

    Watch video of this event.
    Panelists: André Aciman (City University of New York Graduate Center), Joseph LeDoux (New York University), Daniel Schacter (Harvard University), Alison Winter (University of Chicago)
    Moderator: Steve Paulson (To the Best of Our Knowledge — WPR)

    Psychologist Daniel Schacter, neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux, science historian Alison Winter, and novelist and comparative literature professor André Aciman discuss how memory impacts our perception, our personality, and our experience of the world.

    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    The Thinking Ape: The Enigma of Human Consciousness

    Watch video of this event.
    Panelists: David Chalmers (Australian National University and New York University), Daniel Kahneman (Princeton University, Prof. Em.), Laurie Santos (Yale University), Nicholas D. Schiff (Weill Cornell Medical College)
    Moderator: Steve Paulson (To the Best of Our Knowledge — WPR)

    Nobel laureate psychologist Daniel Kahneman, philosopher David Chalmers, expert in primate cognition Laurie Santos, and physician-scientist Nicholas Schiff discuss the origin and nature of consciousness, with a special emphasis on what makes humans unique with respect to our cognitive, aesthetic, and ethical behaviors.

  • About the Moderator

    Steve Paulson is the executive producer and an interviewer with To the Best of Our Knowledge, the Peabody Award-winning radio program produced at Wisconsin Public Radio and syndicated nationally by Public Radio International. Paulson has written for Salon, Slate, Huffington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nautilus and other publications. His radio reports have also been broadcast on NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered. His recent book, Atoms and Eden: Conversations on Religion and Science, was published by Oxford University Press.

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