|Brains, Biology and Morality|
What is the biological basis of morality? Scientists are just beginning to understand how our brain is working when we feel compassion, loyalty or other moral emotions. Dr. Reimers will explore the neurobiology of morality both in terms of moral feeling and in terms of values. He'll relate each moral feeling and value to what we know (and what we don't) about the brain function underlying it. Dr. Reimers will address such questions as where is the moral sense in a person's brain? What activity goes on in our brains when we respond to another person with empathy and when we make moral choices? And whether the brains of psychopaths are actually different.
|5:30 pm Doors Open for sociable sipping & such|
|6:30 pm Program Starts|
|Free parking is available after 4pm in the deck located at 6th and Cary Street.|
Dr. Reimers is a mathematician who has been working in the fields of genomics and neuroscience since 2001. His current research at VCU's Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behaviroal Genetics is on the genetics of mental illness, the development of the brain, and the dynamics of brain activity. Dr. Reimers directed the data analysis for the recent comprehensive study of human brain development by the BrainSpan project published October 2011 in Nature.
When & Where
Science Pub RVA
Science Pub RVA connects curious citizens and creative scientists over a sip of some sort at informal gatherings in non-academic settings.
What to expect A short, jargon-free presentation by a local scientific thinker and a slightly longer period dedicated to questions and dialogue among the attendees and with a local scientist.
What to bring No background in science is needed. A smidge of curiosity is all it takes to enjoy a fun and engaging time. Pub is in our name, but sipping a glass of water at these events is completely copacetic.