Philosopher and codirector of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University, Dennett describes the evolution of human culture, which he says is a "second information highway," swifter and more reliable than genetic transmission.
Hervé This is a physical chemist, popular author, and television personality in France. He is also the only person to hold a Ph.D. in molecular gastronomy, the application of science to culinary art and practice.
On April 18, Harvard Psychology Professor Steven J. Pinker will host a discussion on how the physiology of the brain gives rise to our experience of mind. Pinker explains why he tapped young neuroscience investigators Bruce Lahn and Rebecca Saxe to be the evening's featured speakers.
A senior fellow at the CUNY Institute for Urban Systems and former Director of the New York City Water and Sewer System discusses some principles of sustainability and presents a regional perspective on biodiversity.
A New York science journalist, who has written the first full history of the shocking mistreatment that black Americans have suffered as unwilling and unwitting experimental subjects, will discuss her research at the Academy on February 15.
Genetic mapping pioneer David Botstein, director of the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics at Princeton University, will host an exploration of systems biology at the Academy on January 24.