Neurophilosophy Forum Back in Full Swing for Fall

The Neurophilosophy Forum features invited speakers from philosophy, neuroscience, and psychology presenting research at the intersections of these disciplines.  Talks typically take place in the Department of Philosophy.  All are welcome!


Speaker: Azim Shariff, Psychology, University of British Columbia

Oct. 26, 3:00-4:30 PM

Location: Philosophy Department, 25 Park Place, 16th floor

Title: The Ethical Dilemmas of Self-Driving Cars

Abstract:  With the rapid approach of self-driving cars, we are poised to yield autonomy to millions of machines that will have the power over life and death. The road to this future has a bright promise, but as we are beginning to see, there are numerous psychological roadblocks. Many of these involve thorny ethical challenges that come when the moral decisions that are today made by individual drivers are turned over to preprogrammed algorithms. How should these cars be programmed to mete out risks to the various people on road? Who determines the ethics of these algorithms? I will discuss the recent work with my collaborators on the social psychology of these moral machines.

Speaker: Joe LeDoux, Center for Neural Science and Dept. of Psychology, New York University

Nov. 30, 1:00-2:30 PM

Location: 25 Park Place, 2nd floor

Title: Putting “Fear” Back into the Science of Fear

Abstract: Coming Soon!