Pathways to Understanding

UCSB Interdisciplinary Humanities Center brings together humanists and neuroscientists to explore the workings of the brain As the body’s control center, the brain oversees every aspect of an individual’s existence, from physical movement — both voluntary and not — to cognition and sentience. It is the seat of human consciousness and unconsciousness, knowledge, memory and judgment. In its yearlong series “The Humanities and the Brain,” the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center at UC Santa Barbara will explore the brain from a variety of perspectives deriving from the humanities and fine arts, as well as from newer interdisciplinary fields such as neuroesthetics and neurethics. The series begins Thursday, Oct. 15, with a lecture by Ann Taves, a professor of religious studies at UCSB. Taves, who holds the Virgil Cordano OFM Endowed Chair in…


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