Metaphors and Models: The Neuroscience of Comparison
November 20, 4:15PM – 6:15PM, Faculty House, Columbia University
This event explores the conceptual force of metaphors in neuroscience. How do metaphors shape how we think and communicate? How are they represented in the brain? To answer these questions, this event engages with the everyday persistence of these rhetorical tools by examining scientific studies of metaphor use and metaphors in scientific discourse. Featuring perspectives from neuroscience, cognitive science, psychology, and philosophy, our speakers probe the distinction between metaphors and models that emerge from thinking and reasoning. These models are further taken up in different social and political circumstances and are used to describe a range of phenomenon from mental health to climate change that articulate and obscure our efforts to make sense of the world.
Dedre Gentner, Director of Cognitive Science Program, Northwestern University
Stephen Flusberg, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Purchase College, SUNY
Stephen Casper, Associate Professor of History, Clarkson University
Additional speakers to be announced shortly.
The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Science and Society and the Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience program as part of the Seminars in Society and Neuroscience series.
Free and open to the public, but RSVP is required via EventBrite.
Image: Matteo Farinella, 2017