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The NYU Center for Mind, Brain and Consciousness is devoted to foundational issues in the mind-brain sciences.  It takes an interdisciplinary approach, including philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, computer science, and other areas.

The directors of the Center are Ned Block and David Chalmers, both of whom are Professors of Philosophy and Neural Science at NYU.

The center hosts postdoctoral fellows and runs regular research workshops.  It also hosts a regular series of debates between leading researchers on foundational topics in the mind-brain sciences.



Recent Events

May 3, 2019: Debate, “Is Psychoanalysis Relevant to Neuroscience?
Cantor Film Center
36 E 8th St. New York, NY 10003
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.


Cristina Alberini (NYU, Neural Science)
Heather Berlin (Mt. Sinai, Psychiatry)
Mark Solms (Cape Town, Neuropsychology)
Robert Stickgold (Harvard, Psychiatry)

September 18, 2018: Debate, “Do Split Brain Patients Have Two Minds?
Jurow Lecture Hall
Silver Center
31 Washington Place
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Joseph LeDoux (Center for Neural Science, NYU)
Yaïr Pinto (Psychology, University of Amsterdam)
Elizabeth Schechter (Philosophy, Washington University in St. Louis)

Predictive Coding Poster

May 8, 2018: Debate, “Does Hierarchical Predictive Coding Explain Perception?
Cantor Film Center
Room 101
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Video: https://livestream.com/nyu-tv/CodingDebate

Andy Clark (Philosophy, University of Edinburgh)
David Heeger (Center for Neural Science, NYU)
Lucia Melloni (Neurology, Max Planck Institute / NYU)
Michael Rescorla (Philosophy, UCLA)


Animal Eyes Poster

November 17-18, 2017: Conference, “Animal Consciousness
Co-sponsored with the NYU Center for Bioethics and NYU Animal Studies

Link to Video Recording

Speakers and panelists include:

Colin Allen (University of Pittsburgh, Department of History & Philosophy of Science), Andrew Barron (Macquarie, Cognitive Neuroethology), Victoria Braithwaite (Penn State, Biology), Peter Carruthers (Maryland, Philosophy), Marian Dawkins (Oxford, Zoology), Daniel Dennett (Tufts, Philosophy), Stuart Derbyshire (National University of Singapore, Neuroscience), David Edelman (San Diego, Neuroscience), Todd Feinberg (Mt. Sinai, Neurology), Peter Godfrey-Smith (Sydney, Philosophy), Lori Gruen (Wesleyan, Philosophy), Brian Hare (Duke, Evolutionary Anthropology), Stevan Harnad (Montreal, Cognitive Science), Alexandra Horowitz (Barnard, Psychology), Eva Jablonka (Tel Aviv, Cohn Institute), Joseph LeDoux (NYU, Center for Neural Science), Björn Merker (Neuroscience), Diana Reiss (Hunter, Psychology), Peter Singer (Princeton, Philosophy), Michael Tye (Texas, Philosophy)

October 5, 2017: Debate, “Does AI Need More Innate Machinery?

Yann LeCun (Data Science, NYU; Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research)
Gary Marcus (Psychology, NYU; Founder, Geometric Intelligence)

April 17, 2016: Debate, “Is There Unconscious Perception?”

Link to Video Recording of the Event.

October 14-15, 2016: Conference, “The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence
Co-sponsored with the NYU Center for Bioethics

Program and Abstracts

Link to Video Recording of the Event.

Hashtag: #ethicsofAI

Speakers and panelists:

Peter Asaro (The New School, Media Studies), John Basl (Northeastern University, Philosophy), Nick Bostrom (University of Oxford, Future of Humanity Institute), Meia Chita-Tegmark (Future of Life Institute), Kate Devlin (Goldsmiths College, University of London, Computer Science), Vasant Dhar (NYU Data Science, Stern), Virginia Dignum (Delft University of Technology, Technology, Policy and Management), Mara Garza (UC Riverside, Philosophy), Daniel Kahneman (Princeton, Psychology), Adam Kolber (Brooklyn Law), Yann LeCun (Facebook, NYU Data Science), S. Matthew Liao (NYU, Bioethics), Gary Marcus (NYU, Psychology), Steve Petersen (Niagara University, Philosophy), Francesca Rossi (IBM, University of Padova), Stuart Russell (UC Berkeley, Computer Science), Ronald Sandler (Northeastern University, Philosophy), Jürgen Schmidhuber (IDSIA, AI), Susan Schneider (University of Connecticut, Philosophy), Eric Schwitzgebel (UC Riverside, Philosophy), Jaan Tallinn (CSER), Max Tegmark (Future of Life Institute), Wendell Wallach (Yale, Bioethics), Stephen Wolfram (Wolfram Research), and Eliezer Yudkowsky (Machine Intelligence Research Institute).


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