Who's in Charge? Free Will and the Science of the Brain
Michael Gazzaniga, Professor of Psychology and Director of the SAGE Center for the Study of Mind, UC Santa Barbara
Known as the "father of cognitive neuroscience," Gazzaniga makes a powerful argument for free will. The question of free will versus determinism continues to vex scientists, psychologists and philosophers, but the biological evidence is not as stridently deterministic as it is often presented. Dr. Read more »
The Culture of Food and Dining in France and the Bay Area
EJ Keller, Personal Chef
This holiday season Monday Night Philosophy turns to personal chef Keller for a juxtaposition of the culinary cultures in France and the Bay Area. In 1995, Keller and his wife returned to her homeland of France. Captivated by French food culture, Keller spent a decade in French kitchens before becoming a personal chef. Discover his knowledge of French cuisine and insights into the Bay Area's booming cultural interest in food. Read more »
Humanities West Book Discussion: The Great Mortality: An Intimate History of the Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague in All the World by John Kelly
A book that chronicles one of the worst human disasters in recorded history shouldn't be so entertaining, but Kelly effectively illuminates the unwashed details of medieval life that contributed to so many of our underlying cultural fears. Lynn Harris will moderate the discussion. The author will not be present.
MLF: Humanities Location: SF Club Office Time: 6 p.m.Read more »
Well-known Parisian raconteur Gelenter will give us a tour of the secret streets, the splendid boulevards, the legends and the lore, the passionate talk at cafe tables, the breeze off the Seine, the charm of the bookstores and the majesty of the museums of Paris.
MLF:Humanities Location: SF Club Office Time: 11:30 a.m. check-in, noon program, 1 p.m. Read more »
Author, Longitude and Galileo’s Daughter; Science Writer
The bestselling author of Longitude and Galileo's Daughter tells the story of Nicolaus Copernicus and the revolution he inspired. By 1514, the reclusive cleric Copernicus had written an initial outline of his heliocentric theory — in which he defied common sense and received wisdom to place the sun, not the Earth, at the center of our universe. Read more »
Transforming Terror: Remembering the Soul of the World
This program is cancelled
Susan Griffin, Co-editor, Transforming Terror; Author, A Chorus of Stones Karin Carrington, Co-editor, Transforming Terror; Professor of Depth Psychology, Pacifica Institute and JFK University Howard Teich, Author, The Psychology of Light: Healing the Divided Soul Rebecca Solnit, Author, Savage Dreams MichaRead more »