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FVCC Honors Symposium Lecture Series
March 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cyborg Senses: On the Cusp of a New Era in the Philosophy of Perception
In the Western world, ever since Aristotle identified five, we have wondered about the number and nature of the sensory modalities. What senses lie beyond sight, smell, touch, hearing and taste? The scientific era expanded that list to include such wonders as electroreception (a sense of electrical potential), magnetoreception (a sense of magnetic fields), pheromone perception, infrared and ultraviolet perception. These discoveries have caused us to rethink our own human sensory abilities and what it is like to perceive the world through another animal’s organs. Dr. Keeley argues that we are entering a new era of sensory understanding driven by our relatively new-found ability to design and create novel, artificial senses. How will it change how we understand ourselves as humans and understand the creatures around us as we begin to give ourselves the abilities to perceive new features of the world?
Brian Keeley, Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy at Pitzer College – Claremont, California
Brian Keeley is professor of philosophy at Pitzer College in Claremont, California, where he also teaches in the Science, Technology & Society and Neuroscience programs, in addition to serving as Extended Graduate Faculty in Philosophy at Claremont Graduate University. In addition to having edited a volume in the Cambridge University Press Contemporary Philosophy in Focus series on Paul Churchland, he has published more than 40 articles, book chapters and reviews on topics including the philosophy of neuroscience, the nature of the senses, artificial life and the unusual epistemology of contemporary conspiracy theories.
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