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Watson Lecture - Causality: From Aristotle to Zebrafish

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
8:00pm to 9:30pm
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Beckman Auditorium
Frederick Eberhardt, Professor of Philosophy, Caltech,
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What causes what? If correlation does not equal causation, then how can we untangle the “why” behind processes that regulate the brain, the climate, or the economy? And how does this apply to the development of artificial intelligences (AIs)? Eberhardt’s lecture will start with a tour of the philosophical foundations of causality and end with the discovery of neural connections in the brains of zebrafish larvae.

This event is free and open to the public; however, registration is requested via Eventbrite. Registration is not a guaranteed seat or a reserved ticket*. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

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About the Speaker

Frederick Eberhardt is Professor of Philosophy in the Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

About the Series

Since 1922, The Earnest C. Watson Lecture Series has has brought Caltech's most innovative scientific research to the public. The series is named for Earnest C. Watson, a professor of physics at Caltech from 1919 until 1959. Spotlighting a small selection of the pioneering research Caltech's faculty is currently conducting, the Watson Lectures are geared toward a general audience, as part of the Institute's ongoing commitment to benefiting the local community through education and outreach. Through a gift from the estate of Richard C. Biedebach, the lecture series is able to highlight assistant professors' research each season.DOWNLOAD THE SERIES BROCHURE

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