10.02.11 Beyond Belief: How Memory Obscures the Truth
Posted: 21 September 2011 04:06 PM   [ Ignore ]
Total Posts:  114
Joined  2006-02-09

Dr. Indre Viskontas

Beyond Belief: How Memory Obscures the Truth

Sunday, Oct. 2nd - 
11 a.m.

The Truth Is Out There. But how can we find it and what limits our ability to understand it? We are all still hunter-gatherers, though now of information instead of meat and berries (think of all those Blogs and Tweets). Yet the brain constrains how we process and use information to understand the world around us; it turns out that our personal experience trumps most other data.

Dr. Indre Viskontas, cognitive neuroscientist and host of the TV show Miracle Detectives, draws upon her award-winning memory research and experiences investigating mysterious incidents across the country to highlight common traps in evaluating evidence for extraordinary claims.

The versatile Lithuanian-Canadian neuroscientist also is an accomplished soprano, performing in operatic roles ranging from The Countess in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro to the title role in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe. Based in San Francisco, Viskontas holds a Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, a doctorate in Cognitive Neuroscience from UCLA, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto. She has published more than 30 original papers and chapters related to the neural basis of memory and creativity.

WHEN: 11:00 a.m.,
Sunday, October 2, 2011
COST: $8, Students $4

The Center for Inquiry-Los Angeles
4773 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90027

Free Parking.