Presentation: The Pictures within the Pictures of Neuroscience and the Great Questions
Title: The Pictures within the Pictures of Neuroscience and the Great Questions Speaker: Ransom Stephens, Ph.D. Description: Neuroscience has built a case for addressing many of the Great Questions—nature or nurture, creative or analytic, talent or skill—as interdependent feedback loops: nature and nurture, alone and together, intellect and emotion. In this presentation, physicist and science writer Ransom Stephens begins with a description of how your brain works in three easy steps, advances to the emergence of consciousness in people and animals, and then, with the audience’s help, approaches those Great Questions all the way to free will and determinism, science and art, and life and death. “Very strong, dynamic orator.” -Lennox Ginn This speech will help participants understand: The dependence, independence, and interdependence of these seemingly separate concepts: Left & right brains Animals & people You & me Nature & nurture Talent & skill Intellect & emotion Analysis & creativity Alone & together Life & death Art & science “Entertaining and inspiring. Ransom’s knowledge is astounding and clearly stated.”  -Julaina Kleist Details A 15, 35, 50, or 75 minute presentation for curious people. The presentation is best with an HDMI compatible overhead projector, but it’s not required. Each speech is customized to address the specific needs of the audience. Past speeches have been delivered to audiences at cafes, museums, community centers, colleges, bars, bookstores, and even in a mountain pavilion! “Ransom’s ability to captivate audiences while explaining complex ideas is an art form.”  - Kim Heine, Beyond the Box Presentation About the speaker Ransom   Stephens,   Ph.D.,   physicist,   science   writer,   and   novelist   has   written   hundreds   of   articles   on   subjects ranging   from   neuroscience   to   quantum   physics   to   parenting   teenagers.   His   new   book,   The   Left   Brain Speaks   but   the   Right   Brain   Laughs   (Viva   Editions,   2016),   is   an   accurate   irreverent   look   at   neuroscience   for a   lay-audience   with   emphasis   on   innovation   in   art,   science,   and   life.   He   builds   his   novels,   The   God   Patent (47North,   2010)   and   The   Sensory   Deception   (47North,   2013),   on   accurate,   digestible   science   to   investigate complex   social   issues   like   the   science-religion   culture   war,   environmentalism   and   technology,   plutocracy and    anarchy.    Ransom    has    given    thousands    of    speeches    across    the    US,    Europe,    and   Asia    and    has developed a reputation for making complex topics accessible and funny. “Lots of energy! Good audience participation! Wow, time flew by through presentation.” -Tom Diola, ProMatch
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