The Center for Inquiry Canada has invited me to speak about Brain, Self and Society. In this lecture, I will be covering, mostly, the topic of Human Brain Mapping.
Our beliefs, to a great extent, are a function of our ability to see. With the invention of microscopes, and telescopes, illness was no longer blamed on witches, and the earth was no longer the center of the universe. New brain imaging technologies and neurogenetics are promising a similar scientific revolution. But what is the current state of the art, how far have we come and where are we heading to?
By focusing on the past, present and the future of this scientific method, I hope to provide a basis for understanding how these methods work. This aims to create a discussion about the myths debunked and the beliefs generated, also the hopes and the hoax that arise from the scientific interest in mapping the brain's work!
This will be a good opportunity for those of you who have missed our early sessions to get a glimpse of where we come from and where we are headed at.
Please find the announcement: http://centreforinquiry.ca/event/brain-self-and-society-a-talk-by-dr-naj-mahani/
The Center for Inquiry (CFI) Canada (headquartered in Toronto) is an advocacy group for education and secularism, and driven by volunteers. It is under the umbrella of CFI transnational, but an independent national organization (with charity status, since 2009). CFI transnational is a non-governmental organization (NGO) with special consultative status under the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
Tickets: $5 for members of this group ($10 for guests), to cover the costs of room rental and speaker honorarium.