The Bigger Picture
The Bigger Picture
Mar 21, 2021
Ep. 3 - Prof. Daniel Levy: Neuroscience and the Philosophy of Free Will & Determinism
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Have you ever asked yourself, "Do I really have free-will? Or is everything that happens already pre-determined"? If so, you're in luck.

In this episode we spoke with Prof. Daniel Levy, a cognitive neuroscientist and the dean of the school of Psychology at IDC. Daniel's research focuses on understanding the processes of the human mind, specifically on different aspects of memory and attention. Notably, Daniel began his explorations of psychology through the humanities and the study of philosophy, leading to much exploration around the philosophy of consciousness and free-will. He received his Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and did his post-doctoral fellowships on human memory at the University of California in San Diego and Bar-Ilan University. He's also taught cognitive neuroscience at the Weizmann Institute.

To this day he remains fascinated by the integration of psychology and philosophy, and has written about the neuroscience of Free Will, where he gives his unique take on the matter by integrating neurobiology with one of the most pressing questions in the study of philosophy, which is - do we have free will? If you want to learn more about how neuroscience can help us settle the debate between free-will and determinism, this episode is definitely for you.


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