Princeton Neuroscience Institute "Inside-Out" Seminars


Poster and logo design by Lisa M. Festa


Organizers: Ahmed El Hady and Aaron M. Bornstein

The "Inside-Out" seminars bring professors from other Princeton departments to speak with the PNI community about scholarship that impacts ideas and practices in our field. We are hoping to foster a trans-disciplinary dialogue that enriches our understanding of the societal forces shaping neuroscience and vice-versa.

The first series will feature talks on a range of topics: how neuroscience impacts and interacts with conceptions of race, how "free will" is formulated in quantum mechanics, how implicit biases can be measured in machine learning models of human language use, and what this might mean for how bias is transmitted, and how the metaphors we use to think about the mind and brain have shaped their study in science and medicine.

The four seminars will be held on Thursdays, at 4:30pm, in Princeton Neuroscience Institute Room A32, the time and location regularly reserved for Neuroscience Seminars, and will be followed by a reception with the speakers. The lectures will be video recorded and posted online.

Spring 2018

February 15th: Ruha Benjamin (African American Studies) with Oliver Rollins (Sociology, UPenn)

"Imaging Difference: Social Neuroscience and the Logics of Race"

April 5th: John Conway (Mathematics)

"The Free Will Theorem"

April 12th: Arvind Narayanan (Computer Science)

"Data as a mirror of society: lessons from the emerging science of bias in machine learning"

April 19th: Katja Günther (History of Science)

"The Mirror and the Mind: Reflections on the Self in the Sciences of Mind and Brain"