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SYM7: You Are Not Your Brain


Alva Noë, PhD


Aug 30, 2012

Conference 2012

2012 Conference Workshop

Open To: Public / Practitioners / Trainees


Cost: 2-Day Symposium registration is $300, which includes all symposium lectures, lunch each day, and evening events/keynote.


We have been looking for the conscious mind as if it is something that happens inside of us, in our brains. We need to look where it is: in our dynamic, embodied engagement with the world. Like dancing, consciousness depends on the social environment, as well as on our skills and personal history. The idea that each of us is identical to a thing inside of us and that our conscious lives are to be identified with the functioning of that thing is no more intelligible than the idea that each of us is identical to a ghost in our heads. One exciting upshot: to understand the workings of the brain we need to get out of our heads, to look to the way brain, body and world make consciousness happen.

Presenter Bio(s)

Alva Noë, PhD is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is a member of the Center for New Media and the Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences. He is the author of Varieties of Presence (Harvard University Press, 2012), Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness (FSG, 2009); and Action In Perception (MIT, 2004). He is a philosopher-in-residence with The Forsythe Company in Frankfurt, Germany, and is now at work on a new book about art and human nature. Alva Noë is a weekly contributor to National Public Radio’s science and culture blog 13.7, Culture and Cosmos.

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