Fall 2018

September 21st

Macalester College

Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

6:30 Buffet
7:30 Program

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Friday 6:30 PM
October 19th

Macalester College
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

Dr. Justin Sipla
Dr. Jonathan James

Where Do Emotions Come From
Brain, Body, or Both?

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October 19th 2018:
R. Alan James

Director's Notes:.
This month we scrutinize further the brain as the operating system of our lives. How does it remember, or forget? What are our emotions? Do emotions come from the body, brain, both or elsewhere? In a previous presentation, Dr. Sipla has shown us with diagrams how addictions stake a claim in the brain. This time, we will explore the world of emotions. Delight, anguish, allurement, fear, anger: what triggers these? We’ll also consider how the brain heals, and how it may be damaged by violence. The violence can be inflicted by sports or rough treatment of infants. What about explosions common and associated with war? For November: Oliver Goldsmith wrote Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey, Where wealth accumulates and men decay. We might wonder whether an exchange of wealth for a decay of the spirit is true and or consequential. Could it be that we are in the midst of a tradeoff between the arts and STEM in our lives and schools? What values are engendered with the arts in our schools and colleges? We may get a chance to discuss this with Richard Bresnahan at our November 16th meeting. I look forward to your participation.

See this YouTube posting of our visit from John Taylior Gatto:

Here is a PDF of Emilio DeGrazia's
March 2014 manuscript:

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