On Vision, February 25 2009

Vision: Life in the Light Michael Richards (Ophthalmology) Light energy, which surrounds and sustains life on our planet, forms the basis for the sensory modality of vision. We will touch on the nature of visible light, then discuss the structure and function of the human visual system. We will then explore the implications of binocularity, […]

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On Darwin, February 11 2009

Darwin the Computer Scientist Paul Grouchy (Institute for Aerospace Studies) With the recent explosion in computational power, scientists are now able to apply evolutionary concepts in ways that Darwin himself could never have dreamed of.? This presentation will provide an overview of how computer scientists are using artificial evolution to solve a wide variety of […]

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On Pleasure, January 28 2009

Feeling and Thinking: Pleasure and the Brain Sarah Johnson (Neuroscience) This talk will offer a behavioural neuroscientist’s perspective on the biological purpose and process of pleasure. First, a description of the basic brain circuit that responds to rewarding events will explain how exactly we “feel” what we feel when we feel good. Then, a brief […]

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