24 May 2014 – 27 May 2014

International symposium “Free-Will: Philosophy meets neuroscience”

in Israel (M&B members only)

Organizers

The Leslie and Susan Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center, Bar-Ilan University, Israel and the Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

A joint symposium on
“Free-Will: Philosophy meets neuroscience”

Program

Saturday, 24 May

10:00 - 18:00
Guided tours and cultural program

Sunday, 25 May

From 8:30
Registration, coffee and refreshments

9:00 – 9:30    
Opening remarks and greetings
Professor Moshe Bar, Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center, Director
Rabbi Prof. Daniel Hershkowitz, Bar-Ilan University, President
Ms Gabriele Hermani, Scientific Council, German Embassy
Professor Michael Pauen, Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Academic Director

9:30–10:30
Professor Henrik Walter, Berlin School of Mind and Brain & Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
“Challenges from philosophy of mind for a neuroscience of free-will”

10:30–11:30
Professor Haim Sompolinsky, Racah Institute of Physics, The Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
“Rationality in a deterministic world”

11:30–11:50
Coffee break

11:50–12:50
Professor Peter Ulric Tse, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Dartmouth College
“A neural code rooted in rapid synaptic reweighting affords a strong free-will”

12:50–13:50
Professor Martin Heisenberg, Theodor Boveri Institut (Biozentrum), Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg
“The role of chance in willing and behavior”

13:50–14:40
Lunch break

14:40–15:40
Dr Yehuda Schnall, Bar-Ilan University
“Luck and libertarian free-will”

15: 40–16:40
Professor Michael Pauen, Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
“Doing otherwise in a deterministic world. A compatibilistic approach”

16: 40–17:00
Coffee break

17:00–18:00
Professor Saul Smilansky, Department of Philosophy, University of Haifa
“Free-will, time and illusion”

Monday, May 26
From 8:30
Coffee and refreshments

9:00–9:50
Professor Hezy Yeshurun, School of Computer Science, Tel Aviv University
“Reflections of past and future actions in the brain”

9:50 – 10:40
Professor Itzhak Fried, Faculty of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University and University of California, Los Angeles
“The volitional brain and its neurons”

10:40–11:00
Coffee break

11:00–11:50
Professor Marcel Brass, Ghent University, Belgium
“From intentions to neurons: the functional neuroanatomy of intentional action”

11:50–12:40
Professor Ran Hassin, Department of Psychology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
“Non-conscious (free?) will”

12:40–13:30
Lunch break

13:30–16:15
Lab visits and PI–student one-on-one interactions at the Gonda Center

16:15–16:30
Coffee break

16:30–17:00
Dr Vera Ludwig, Berlin School of Mind and Brain & Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, postdoctoral fellow
“Can the neuroscience of addiction tell us anything about free-will?”

17:00–17:30
Dr Lena Kästner, Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, postdoctoral fellow
“Wiggling vs. microscopy”

17:30–18:00
Dr Michał Klincewicz, Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, postdoctoral fellow
“On deciding to choose to do otherwise”

Tuesday, May 27
From 8:30
Coffee and refreshments

9:00–9:30
Richard Wundrack, Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Master student
“Personal preferences”

9:30–10:00
Amadeus Magrabi, Berlin School of Mind and Brain & Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, graduate student
“The role of consciousness in free decisions”

10:00–10:20
Coffee break

10:20–10:50
Laura Kaltwasser, Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, graduate student
“Sentimentalism and free-will”

10:50–11:20
Astrid Schomäcker, Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, graduate student
“The role of consciousness in the free-will debate”

11:20–12:00
Closing remarks
Professor Moshe Bar, Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center, Director
Professor Michael Pauen, Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Academic Director

 

Venue

Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center
Garden level auditorium
http://www.gondabrain.biu.ac.il/free_will

Contact

Dr. Inken Dose
030 / 2093-8105
mb-cooperation-please remove this text-@hu-berlin.de