“Synthetic Aesthetics” residencies at Stanford

March 10th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Synthetic Aesthetics.

We aim to bring creative practitioners and those who are expert at studying, more about analysing and designing the synthetic/natural interface together with the existing synthetic biology community to help with the work of designing, understanding and building the living world. We will organize 12 embedded residencies, during which artists and designers will spend time in bioengineering laboratories, and scientists and engineers in artistic and design studios and workspaces. It is our intention that balanced exchanges will foster exciting and productive work.

More specifically, we will bring together individuals from these two communities with the aim of catalyzing fruitful interactions, developing transferable knowledge and skills, and establishing a continuing network of collaborations. Synergetic work between these two broad fields has the potential to lead to new forms of engineering, new schools of art and design, a greater social scientific understanding of science and engineering, and new approaches to societal engagement with synthetic biology.

Participating

If you are interested in joining our work as a participating artist/designer or scientist/engineer, apply for one of the twelve residencies.

Questions regarding Synthetic Aesthetics should be directed to:

Dr. Pablo Schyfter
p.schyfter@ed.ac.uk

Stanford Bioengineering
Y2E2 Building-B007, MC 4201
473 Via Ortega
Stanford, CA 94305-4201
USA

Thank you SIM Alum Lisa Goldberg for the tip!

Origins of Self-consciousness

July 9th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

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For a brain to be self-conscious it must be able to represent the world symbolically, clinic which implies the use of symbols such as marks, visual shapes and patterns, rhythmic and tonal patterns. Expanded long-term memory is a primary requirement for a self-conscious brain. By definition, a self-conscious brain must also include language, with an innate set of grammatical rules, or syntax. For a brain to be self-conscious, it must be able to think abstractly, question, predict, generalize, categorize, and reason.

My theory of the origins of self-consciousness proposes that the combination of increased brain capacity, intensified socialization, and introspection has resulted in THE SEARCH FOR PERSONAL AND SOCIAL IDENTITY, which ultimately led to our ability to think about ourselves both privately and socially.

John Holland

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