Chris Eliasmith, Director of the Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience, received the prestigious John C. Polanyi Award and is also an inaugural member of the Royal Society of Canada's College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists.
William Seager (Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Philosophy, University of Toronto Scarborough)
The Brain, Consciousness and the Deep Structure of Matter
Although vast progress has been made, we are far from a complete understanding of the brain. But, how far? Philosophers - and not just philosophers - face three basic questions here. First, does understanding the brain require us to go beyond the chemistry and physics which underlie the "neuron doctrine"? Second, is there any general and comprehensive theory of what the brain is doing? Third, can we understand and explain consciousness in terms of brain science?
I am conservatively optimistic about the first two questions, but the problem of consciousness seems to represent a difficulty of another order, one which may force us to rethink our conception of matter itself.
Marisa Carrasco (Professor of Psychology and Neural Science, Cognition & Perception, Center for Neural Science & Center for Brain Imaging, New York University)
How Attention Modulates Perception
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