Quid Pro Quo: The Ecology of the Self

Moderated by Steve Paulson
Producer and Interviewer for Public Radio's To the Best of Our Knowledge

Paul Bloom, PhD, Yale University
Owen Flanagan, PhD, Duke University
Roy Baumeister, PhD, Florida State University

How does our concept of the Self differ from our concept of others? What makes the human concept of Self different from that of non-human selves such as animals?

Philosopher and neurobiologist Owen Flanagan and psychologists Roy Baumeister and Paul Bloom will examine current biological, psychological, and anthropological research on the complex interaction between the Self and others and will consider the roots of empathy and morality.

Webcast Podcast Transcript

What do you think you are? by Christina Starmans and Paul Bloom
Self and identity: a brief overview by Roy Baumeister

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Reception to Follow
The New York Academy of Sciences
7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, 40th Floor
This event is the second in a six-part series, Perspectives on the Self, which brings together experts from the sciences and the humanities for conversations on the evolving meaning and experience of the Self.