Empathy, Altruism & Agape:Perspectives on Love in Science and Religion
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October 1-3, 1999, University Park Hotel at MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Hanna Damasio is Distinguished Universiy of Iowa Professor of Neurology, and Director, Laboratory of Human Neuroanatomy and Neuroimaging at The University of Iowa College of Medicine; and Adjunct Professor at The Salk Institute for Biological Studies. She was born in Portugal and received her M.D. degree and neurology training at the University of Lisbon Medical School. She began her research in cognitive neuroscience with the late Norman Geschwind at Boston’s Aphasia Research Center, and pursued additional training on the pathology and treatment of headaches at London’s Princess Margaret Migraine Clinic, with Marcia Wilkinson.

She has pioneered the use, in cognitive neuroscience, of brain imaging methods such as computerized tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance scanning (MR). Her efforts are widely recognized as having helped establish the modern lesion method as a viable approach to systems neuroscience in humans. She has developed new techniques to investigate human brain structure using imaging technologies such as MR and PET, and has authored numerous scientific papers on the neuroanatomical substrates of higher brain function, especially language and memory, and on migraine.

The book she authored on her early lesion analysis techniques (Lesion Analysis in Neuropsychology, published by Oxford University Press) was named “outstanding book”in Bio and Medical Sciences by the Association of American Publishers (1989), has been translated in Japanese and is used worldwide. Her recent book Human Brain Anatomy in Computerized Images (Oxford University Press, 1995), is the first brain atlas entirely based on computer reconstructions of living human brains.

In 1992 she shared the Pessoa Prize with Antonio Damasio. In 1995 she was elected to the American Neurological Association and she became a Grand Official of the Order of Santiago da Espada (a Portuguese merit order that distinguishes achievements in the sciences). In 1997 she was elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Impaired Emotion and Social Behavior Following Brain Damage

The display of behaviors such as empathy and altruism depends, in all likelihood, on a variety of biological and sociocultural factors. The study of neurological conditions which compromise these behaviors as well as other closely-related behaviors is a source of data for elucidating the nature of these phenomena. This talk will focus on evidence from the investigation of humans with brain damage occurring either early in development or in adulthood, who exhibit profound changes in social emotions in spite of maintaining normal conventional cognitive abilities.

Friday, October 1, 1999

Elliott Sober, Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin
Mapping the Conceptual Terrain

Leda Cosmides, Ph.D. & John Tooby,Ph.D.
University of California, Santa Barbara
Friendship, engagement, and the Banker’s Paradox: Other pathways to the Evolution of Altruism

William H. Durham, Ph.D.
Stanford University
The Role of Culture in the Evolution of Altruism

David Sloan Wilson, Ph.D.
Binghamton University SUNY
The Rise and Fall and Rise and Fall of Altruism in Evolutionary Theory: Discussion with Audience

Frans B. M. de Waal, Ph. D.
Emory University, Yerkes Primate Living Links Center
Communication of Emotions and the Possibility of Sympathy in Monkeys and Apes

Antonio R. Damasio, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Iowa Hospital
The Neurobiology of Emotion

Hanna Damasio, M.D.
University of Iowa Hospital
Impaired Emotion and Social Behavior Following Brain Damage

William B. Hurlbut, M.D.
Stanford University
Empathy, Evolution and Ethics

Rev. Eugene Rivers
Ella J. Baker House

Saturday, October 2, 1999

Thomas R. Insel, M.D.
Emory University, Yerkes Primate Center
The Molecular Biology of Monogamy

Greg Fricchione, M.D.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Brain Evolution: Separation, Attachment and Agape

Jerome Kagan, Ph.D.
Harvard University
The Human Moral Sense

Don Browning, Ph.D.
The University of Chicago
Agape, Empathy and the Foundational/Nonfoundational Debate

Joan Eads, Zone Coordinator
L’Arche USA

Jeffrey P. Schloss, Ph.D. Westmont College
Is It Really More Blessed to Give than to Receive?: Emerging Questions in the Evolution of Radical Altruism

Edith Wyschogrod, Ph.D.
Rice University Pythagorean Bodies and the Body of Altruism

Stephen J. Pope, Ph.D.
Boston College
The Ordering of Love

Rev. Robert Hamerton-Kelly
Woodside Village Church
Emergence of Radical Love in the Biblical Tradition

Dame Cicely Saunders
St. Christopher’s Hospice

Sunday, October 3, 1999

Samuel P. Oliner, Ph.D.
Altruistic Personality and Prosocial Behavior Institute
Extraordinary Acts of Ordinary People: Faces of Heroism and Altruism

Pearl Oliner, Ph.D.
California State University - Humboldt
Ingroup and Outgroup Altruism: Protestants and Catholics

Kristen Renwick Monroe, Ph.D.
University of California
How Identity and Perspective Constrain Choice

Dan Batson, Ph.D.
University of Kansas
Addressing the Altruism Question Experimentally

V.S. Ramachandran, Ph.D.
University of California, San Diego
Neural Basis of Empathy and of Artistic Experience

Lynn G. Underwood, Ph.D.
Fetzer Institute
The Human Experience of Agape & Compassion: Conceptual Mapping and Data from Selected Studies

Ruben L.F. Habito, Ph.D.
Southern Methodist University
Compiversity Pythagorean Bodies and the Body of Altruism

Stephen J. Pope, Ph.D.
Boston College
The Ordering of Love

Rev. Robert Hamerton-Kelly
Woodside Village Church
Emergence of Radical Love in the Biblical Tradition

Dame Cicely Saunders
St. Christopher’s Hospice

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