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Sebastian Seung

Tuesday, February 14, 7:00 p.m.

Connectome: How the Brain's Wiring Makes Us Who We Are

Introduction by Prof.  Jay McClelland, head of the Mind, Brain, Computation Center in the Psych Dept at Stanford

Sebastian Seung, a dynamic young professor at MIT, is at the forefront of a revolution in neuroscience. He believes that our identity lies not in our genes, but in the connections between our brain cells—our own particular wiring. Seung and a dedicated group of researchers are leading the effort to map these connections, neuron by neuron, synapse by synapse. It is a monumental effort—the scientific equivalent of climbing Mount Everest—but if they succeed, they will uncover the basis of personality, identity, intelligence, memory, and perhaps disorders such as autism and schizophrenia. Seung explains how this new map of a human “connectome” might even enable us to “upload” our brains into a computer, making us effectively immortal.

Sebastian Seung is Professor of Computational Neuroscience at MIT and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He has made important advances in robotics, neuroscience, neuroeconomics, and statistical physics. His research has been published in leading scientific journals, and also featured in The New York Times, Technology Review, and The Economist.

"the best lay book on brain science I've ever read."  -- Wall Street Journal by Daniel Levitin, Professor of Psychology and Neurosciences, McGill University and author of This Is Your Brain on Music and The World in Six Songs.

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Event date: 
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
1010 El Camino Real
94025-4349 Menlo Park