University of Pittsburgh
November 18, 1999


Contact:  412-624-4147

PITTSBURGH, November 19 -- Advances in neuroscience, some that until recently were only possible in science fiction, have forced a re-examination of how the mind works.

The University of Pittsburgh's Center for Philosophy of Science will examine the "Ten Core Problems in Neuroscience," on Friday, December 3, at 3:30 p.m. in

room 817R, Cathedral of Learning. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Patricia Churchland, chair of the Philosophy Department at the University of California, San Diego, and adjunct professor at the Salk Institute, will discuss current problems driving neuroscience. Her talk will be on "middle-level questions - not too technical, but specific enough to be interesting."

"The sheer number of surprising results achieved and phenomena studied, together with the fact that many of the outcomes challenge our preceptions about how our minds work, make the task of stepping back to take stock a pressing one," said Churchland. "The answers to these questions may be forthcoming in the next decade, and hopefully will help to make sense of the neurological basis for our minds."

For more information, call the Center for Philosophy of Science at 412-624-1052.