Monday, May 7: Free Will
On Monday, May 7th at 7PM the Central Ontario Humanist are pleased to have Paul Bassett discuss free will. Paul will attempt to share science’s new insights on the age-old question: is free will an illusion? A question that should spark some lively discussion. We meet at the Barrie Public Library in the Angus Ross room. Guests are welcome, and your first three meetings are free. We will be accepting food donations for the Grocery Assist Program. We will meet before the meeting for dinner and discussion at 5 PM at Applebee’s in the Bayfield Mall parking lot if you would like to break bread in Humanist company.
About the topic:
Paul Bassett’s presentation will include a review of Michael S. Gazzaniga’s “Who’s In Charge?: Free Will and the Science of the Brain,” which looks at how science’s understanding of neuroscience and the brain affect our old understandings of free will which may have to change in light of modern biology. Paul has given this presentation before and looks forward to sharing it with us. He always gives interesting and provacative talks and you won’t want to miss this one!
About the presenter:
Paul has taught university computer science courses and co-founded software engineering companies. He has achieved recognition and professional memberships for his work on software engineering, and published numerous papers and articles and a book on the subject. He is past president of the Central Ontario Humanists, and was a member of IEEE’s distinguished visitor program. He has multiple professional certification and a M.Sc. in computer science form the University of Toronto.