Upcoming events

Medical Humanities Conference

The 10th Annual Western Michigan University Medical Humanities Conference is set for September 24-26, 2020.

Past events

Law and Neuroscience Seminar

Jan 11, 2016

During the spring 2016 semester, the Department of Philosophy is running a seminar on law and neuroscience, led by Dr. Fritz Allhoff. Anyone is welcome to participate! Check out the syllabus and course description:

Recent developments in neuroscience portend a range of interesting questions for the law. Most fundamentally, neuroscience challenges traditional doctrines of moral and legal responsibility. Concepts like competence and addiction are cast in new lights, as are developmental axes, like the adolescent brain. Free will and determinism loom large here, and legal doctrines need to respond to a new empirical scene. Mind reading and lie detection move from the realm of the science fiction into, maybe, the realm of the possible. But hazards loom large as neuroscientific information is often misunderstood, or even faces barriers in terms of evidentiary admissibility. In the future, brain-machine interfaces and artificial intelligence may revolutionize what it even means to be human. This seminar offers an introduction into a wide array of topics; it draws from academic scholarship, as well as the limited—but growing—case law.

Brains 101

Jan. 4, 2016

Professor Lisa Baker (WMU Department of Psychology) gave a lecture on Jan. 11 explaining the basics of brain anatomy and brain scans. This was of interest to those with humanistic interests relating to neuroscience, but was presented at a non-technical level.