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How Do People Experience the World, Themselves and Others? The Tension between Objectivity, Individuality and Culture

10/13/2016, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM | German House New York

How Do People Experience the World, Themselves and Others? The Tension between Objectivity, Individuality and Culture

Co-Sponsors:
• University Alliance Ruhr
• German Center for Research and Innovation (GCRI)

Experience is the foundation of knowledge and the basis for the decisions we make in everyday life. We construct our understanding of the world in which we live by reflecting on our experiences and generating our own mental models. In our attempts to understand others, we often have to adjust these mental models. Yet is it possible to truly understand another individual’s subjective experiences? What role does culture play in our attempt to understand the experiences and perceptions of ourselves and others? These are just a few of the questions that were addressed by our panelists whose research challenges some of the existing models of perception and culture.

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  • Featured Speakers

    • Prof. Dr. Albert Newen

      Professor of Philosophy, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany; Director of the Center for Mind, Brain and Cognitive Evolution

    • Prof. Katalin Balog

      Professor of Philosophy, Rutgers University-Newark

    • Prof. Dr. Gregory A. Petsko (Moderator)

      Arthur J. Mahon Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience, Weill Cornell Medical College; Director of the Helen and Robert Appel Alzheimer’s Disease Research Institute