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  • The Helix Center for Interdisciplinary Investigation

    Life and Movement

    Friday, October 26, 2012
    7:00 PM

    The Helix Center for Interdisciplinary Investigation of NYPSI is pleased to present a roundtable discussion on "Life and Movement" to explore how evolution, coordination dynamics, and physics of movement help us understand life. The distinguished participants will discuss how, in the living company of others, we are both challenged and supported, and the value of nurturing and pursuing a moving life with all its risks and challenges.

    The roundtable participants are Linnda R. Caporael, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Jesús Ilundáin-Agurruza, Linfield College; J.A. Scott Kelso, Florida Atlantic University; David Morris, Concordia University; and Maxine Sheets-Johnstone, University of Oregon.

    Donations Accepted
    Free for NYPSI members/trainees

    New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
    247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
    The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium


    Linnda R. Caporael is currently a Professor in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Her research concerns biology from a cultural perspective and culture from a biological perspective. She has written on a variety of topics including cooperation, group coordination, social identity, and the attribution of human characteristics to animals and machines. She is an associate editor for Biological Theory: Integrating Development, Evolution, and Cognition, on the editorial board of Psychological Review, and a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Sciences (APS). Her published work has appeared in numerous journals and edited books including Science, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, and Social Psychology: Handbook of Basic Principles (2nd ed.).

    Jesús Ilundáin-Agurruza is currently Associate Professor of Philosophy at Linfield College. Currently he serves as conference chair for the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport. He is the co-editor with M. Austin of Cycling—Philosophy for Everyone. He has published articles in journals such as Sports, Ethics, and Philosophy and Proteus, and written chapters for both scholarly and popular imprint anthologies on sports and risk, the Olympic Games, soccer, hunting, sailing, martial arts, childhood and sports, and literature.

    J.A. Scott Kelso is currently the Glenwood and Martha Creech Chair in Science and founder of The Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences at Florida Atlantic University. He is also Visiting Professor of Computational Neuroscience at The University of Ulster’s Intelligent Systems Research Centre. Kelso’s research uses a combination of non-invasive brain imaging techniques, measures of real-time behavior and the concepts, methods and tools of coordination dynamics to understand how human beings and human brains—individually and together—coordinate behavior on multiple levels, from cells to cognition and social behavior. He serves or has served on the Editorial Board of 12 scientific journals and monographs, and is Founding Editor of the Springer Series Understanding Complex Systems.

    David Morris is currently Chair and Professor of Philosophy at Concordia University. His focus is on the body, and on mind and nature in relation to biology and cognitive science. Some of his recent publications focus on central concepts in Merleau-Ponty and phenomenology, concepts such as “reversibility,” and “place vs. space” respectively, their exploration taking place in the context of animal life, faces, embryology, immunology, genetic regulatory networks, movement, and architecture. He is currently working with an interdisciplinary group at Concordia, exploring the possibility of phenomenological experiments, to study the relation between memory, movement, and place. His book The Sense of Space was published in 2004.

    Maxine Sheets-Johnstone is a philosopher whose first life was as a dancer/choreographer, professor of dance/dance scholar. She has an ongoing Courtesy Professor appointment in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Oregon where she taught periodically in the 1990s. She has published numerous articles in humanities, science, and art journals. Her books include The Phenomenology of Dance; The Roots of Thinking; The Roots of Power: Animate Form and Gendered Bodies; The Roots of Morality; The Primacy of Movement; The Corporeal Turn: An Interdisciplinary Reader. She received an M.A. in Dance and a Ph.D. in Dance and Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin where she also studied for, but did not complete, a second doctorate in evolutionary biology.

guidance • support • stress • anxiety • depression • conflict • hyperactivity • identity disorders • socialization • self-esteem •
guidance • support • stress • anxiety • depression • conflict • hyperactivity • identity disorders • socialization • self-esteem •
guidance • support • stress • anxiety • depression • conflict • hyperactivity • identity disorders • socialization • self-esteem •