Talk by Edward Slingerland, Asian Studies, and Joseph Henrich, Psychology and Economics
Although intuitively appealing and probably even innate, the sort of mind-body dualism that informs the sharp divide between the "two cultures" of the natural sciences and the humanities is no longer plausible in light of recent discoveries about human cognition. This means that it is time to focus more attention on bridging the increasingly untenable gap between these cultures, recognizing that the more complex human structures typically studied by scholars in the humanities ? such as religion, culture, meaning, ethics, literature, consciousness, emotions, and aesthetics ? can now in theory be incorporated into a vertically integrated understanding of humanity. How, practically and concretely, would adopting such an approach change the way humanists go about their work? And more importantly, in what respects could this adoption be seen as progress? The speakers recently led a Peter Wall Exploratory Workshop on the topic.
Lunch and talk 12 to 1:30 pm, but welcome 11:45 to 2:00 pm.