On December 6-7 at NYU, we are hosting a conference on "The Brain Mapping Initiatives: Foundational Issues". The conference is devoted to foundational issues raised by recent brain mapping initiatives, such as the BRAIN initiative, the Human Brain project, the Human Connectome Project, and the Allen Brain Atlas. What can mapping the brain tell us about the human mind? What are the ethical implications? These issues will be discussed by leading cognitive neuroscientists and philosophers, including Cori Bargmann, Patricia Churchland, Nita Farahany, Sean Hill, Gary Marcus, Anthony Movshon, Anders Sandberg, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Rafael Yuste, and Anthony Zador. Anyone who is interested is welcome. You can register (free but required) via the conference page.
The conference is co-sponsored by the NYU Center for Mind, Brain, and Consciousness and the Center for Bioethics. The Center for Mind, Brain, and Consciousness is a new center co-directed by Ned Block and me, devoted to foundational issues in the mind-brain sciences. It will be organizing many interdisciplinary events in the coming years, including annual conferences on foundational topics and regular debates at NYU. We will also be appointing post-doctoral fellows. In the short term, one of the Bersoff Fellowships currently being advertised at NYU will be assigned to the Center. Applications from people with interests in these areas are welcome. (The deadline is November 1; sorry about the short notice!)