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A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy


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A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Thursday, April 28, 2011

The New York Academy of Sciences

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Presented by the Nour Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences


Philosopher Simon Critchley, cognitive scientist Shaun Gallagher, and physicist V.V. Raman will survey how the Self is shaped by interactions with the environment, how free will, responsibility, and other traits emerge, and how character and virtue become targets for constructing the Self.

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Esther Sternberg, MD, National Institute of Mental Health


Simon Critchley, PhD, The New School

Shaun Gallagher, PhD, University of Central Florida

V.V. Raman, PhD, Rochester Institute of Technology

Reception to follow.

This event is part of a 6-part series, Perspectives on the Self: Conversations on Identity and Consciousness, bringing together experts from science and the humanities for an interdisciplinary discussion of the evolving notion and experience of the Self.

To Be or Not To Be: The Self as Illusion, December 7, 2010
Quid Pro Quo: The Ecology of The Self, February 23, 2011
The Pursuit of Immortality: From the Ego to the Soul, March 23, 2011
A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Linking Belief to Behavior, April 28, 2011
Me, Myself, and I: The Rise of the Modern Self, May 12, 2011
Who Am I?: Beyond 'I Think, Therefore I Am', May 24, 2011

Each event in the series will also be broadcast as a webinar.

Please note:
Transmission of presentations via the webinar is subject to individual consent by the speakers. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that every speaker's presentation will be broadcast in full via the webinar. To access all speakers' presentations in full, we invite you to attend the live event in New York City where possible.

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Simon Critchley, PhD

The New School

Simon Critchley is Chair and Professor of Philosopy at The New School for Social Research. He is the author of many books; The Faith of the Faithless is forthcoming. He runs a philosophy column called "The Stone" for The New York Times. 

Shaun Gallagher, PhD

University of Central Florida

Shaun Gallagher is Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Sciences at the Institute for Simulation and Training at the University of Central Florida.  He holds a secondary appointment as Research Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science at the University of Hertfordshire (UK).  He will join the Philosophy Department at the University of Memphis as the Lillian and Morrie Moss Professor of Philosophy in Fall 2011. Professor Gallagher has held visiting positions at the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge, the University of Copenhagen, the Ecole Normale Supériure, Lyon and most recently at the Centre de Recherche en Epistémelogie Appliquée (CREA), Paris. His research focuses on phenomenology, philosophy of mind, and the cognitive sciences. His recent books include How the Body Shapes the Mind (2005), Brainstorming (2008), and (with Dan Zahavi) The Phenomenological Mind (2008). He is editor of The Oxford Handbook of the Self (2011) and editor-in-chief of the journal Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences.

V.V. Raman, PhD

Rochester Institute of Technology

Varadaraja V. Raman is a philosopher, writer, and physicist. Author of more than a dozen books and several articles, he has published widely on the historical and philosophical aspects of science as well as various aspects of Indic culture. His highly acclaimed, most recent book is Truth and Tension in Science and Religion. He was elected Senior Fellow at the Metanexus Institute (Philadelphia) as well as the International Society for Science and Spirituality (Cambridge, UK). He is an active participant in the Institute of Religion in an Age of Science, which awarded him the Academic Fellow Award. He also received the Raja Rao Award from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. Dr. Raman is currently Emeritus Professor, Physics and Humanities, at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY. He holds a PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Paris.

Esther Sternberg, MD

National Institute of Mental Health

Dr. Esther M. Sternberg is currently section Chief of Neuroendocrine Immunology and Behavior at the National Institute of Mental Health.   She is the author of Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-Being (2009) and The Balance Within: The Science Connecting Health and Emotions (2000).  She has been featured on numerous radio and television programs, including PBS's The New Medicine and Life Part II and NPR's Speaking of Faith, and created and hosted the PBS special The Science of Healing (2009). Sternberg has testified before Congress, advised the World Health Organization, and is a regular contributor to Science magazine's "Books et al." column.


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