Subject: Blog posting for our Technosexualities class
From: Devina Sindhu
To: Bill Nericcio
Hi Professor Nericcio,
I wanted to bring to our class's attention the amazing conference that will be taking place at UCSD on the weekend of October 14 called "Tomorrowland Forever." There will be amazing scholars, writers, and artists presenting including Carole Maso, Rae Armantrout, V.S. Ramachandran, and Bhanu Kapil. Here is the link for it.
One of the presenters that will be at the conference is V.S. Ramachandran, who is a neuroscientist who connects sciences and the humanities through his research and empirical evidence of how the two intersect. In the TED video below "The Neurons that Shaped Civilization"--discusses how we learn social behavior systems through mirror neurons.
"For the longest time, people have regarded the sciences and humanities as being distinct. C.P Snow spoke of the two cultures: science on the one hand, humanities on the other; never the twain shall meet. So I'm saying the mirror neuron system underlies the interface, allowing you to rethink about issues like consciousness, representation of self, what separates you from other human beings, what allows you to empathize with other human beings, and also even things like the emergence of culture and civilization, which is unique to human beings."