Free Exclusive Invitation For 3 Quarks Readers to Attend a Lecture and Lunch with Daniel C. Dennett entitled “What can cognitive science tell us about free will?”


Saturday, November 23, 2013

International House

500 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10027

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10:00 am: Welcome and Tribute to Harvey Preisler by Sheherzad Raza Preisler

10:15 am: Introduction of Dr. Dennett by Azra Raza

10:30 am: Dr. Daniel C. Dennett: “What can cognitive science tell us about free will?”

11:30 am: Q/A session moderated by Dr. Raza

12:00 pm: Light lunch


Harvey David Preisler, M.D., Director of Rush Cancer Institute and the Samuel G. Taylor III Professor of Medicine at Rush University, Chicago, died on May 19th 2002. The cause of death was lymphoma. Dr. Preisler grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and trained in Medicine at New York Hospitals, Cornell Medical Center, and in Medical Oncology at the National Cancer Institute and Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in NYC. At the time of his death, he was the Principal Investigator of a ten million dollar grant from the National Cancer Institute in addition to several other large grants which funded his independent research laboratory with approximately 25 scientists. He was married to Azra Raza, M.D. Clement “Dan” Dennett III is an American philosopher, writer and cognitive scientist whose research centers on the philosophy of mind, philosophy of science and philosophy of biology, particularly as those fields relate to evolutionary biology and cognitive science. He is best known for his concept of intentional systems, and his multiple drafts model of human consciousness, which sketches a computational architecture for realizing the stream of consciousness in the massively parallel cerebral cortex. Professor Dennett is an atheist and a secularist, a member of the Secular Coalition for America advisory board. His first book, Content and Consciousness, appeared in 1969, followed by Brainstorms, Elbow Room, The Intentional Stance, Consciousness Explained, Darwin's Dangerous Idea, Kinds of Minds, Brainchildren: A Collection of Essays 1984-1996 and Sweet Dreams: Philosophical Obstacles to a Science of Consciousness. He co-edited The Mind's I with Douglas Hofstadter in 1981. He is the author of over four hundred scholarly articles on various aspects of the mind, published in journals ranging from Artificial Intelligence and Behavioral and Brain Sciences to Poetics Today and the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism. His most recent publication is Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking ( 2013). Professor Dennett is the recipient of multiple national and international awards and is the Co-director of the Center for Cognitive Studies, the Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy, and University Professor at Tufts University in Boston.