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    Braginsky Center for the Interface between Science and the Humanities zoom lecture with Prof. Mario Livio

    Date:
    19
    Monday
    October
    2020
    Lecture / Seminar
    Time: 16:00-17:00
    Title: GALILEO and the Science Deniers
    Location: https://weizmann.zoom.us/j/99300972953?pwd=cWJ1Z2ZnUzh5MWJUNjB3enlCaWJUUT09
    Lecturer: Prof. Mario Livio
    Organizer: Braginsky Center for the Interface between Science and the Humanities
    Abstract: A fresh biography of Galileo Galilei which puts his scientific discoveries in co ... Read more A fresh biography of Galileo Galilei which puts his scientific discoveries in context. Disturbed by rampant science denial in America—and around the world—that has only intensified in recent years, I began researching the life, ideas, and actions of this brilliant man who encountered similar pressures centuries ago. The result is a biography filled with lessons relevant for today—whether with respect to trusting the advice given by scientists in relation to COVID-19, the reality of climate change, the efficacy of vaccines, or the teaching of creationist theories in schools. I will discuss these topics in this talk.
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    POSTPONED: Braginsky Center for the interface between the Science and the Humanities

    Date:
    25
    Monday
    May
    2020
    Lecture / Seminar
    Time: 14:00-15:00
    Location: Dolfi and Lola Ebner Auditorium
    Lecturer: Prof. Menachem Fisch
    Organizer: Braginsky Center for the Interface between Science and the Humanities

    Braginsky Center for the Interface between the Sciences and the Humanities

    Date:
    27
    Monday
    April
    2020
    Lecture / Seminar
    Time: 13:00-14:00
    Title: Quantum Mechanics Making New Sense
    Location: Zoom:https://weizmann.zoom.us/j/99252264007
    Lecturer: Prof. Avshalom C. Elitzur
    Organizer: Braginsky Center for the Interface between Science and the Humanities
    Abstract: Ever since quantum mechanics has emerged, the phenomena it has revealed turned ... Read more Ever since quantum mechanics has emerged, the phenomena it has revealed turned out to be more and more alien to classical scientific reasoning, undermining basic notions like determinism and cause-and-effect relations. A novel method developed by Aharonov et al. computes the quantum process twice, once from past to future and then vice versa, backwards in time. The combined result gives a much more lucid explanation to all quantum oddities. Moreover it yields some surprising predictions, recently verified by experiments. This is an introduction to these advances and some of their bearings on other sciences
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    CANCELLED: Braginsky Center for the Interface between the Sciences and the Humanities

    Date:
    20
    Monday
    April
    2020
    Lecture / Seminar
    Time: 15:00-16:00
    Title: "Quantum Mechanics Making New Sense"
    Location: Gerhard M.J. Schmidt Lecture Hall
    Lecturer: Avshalom C. Elitzur
    Organizer: Department of Molecular Genetics

    Braginsky Center for the interface between the Science and the Humanities

    Date:
    30
    Monday
    March
    2020
    Lecture / Seminar
    Time: 14:00-15:00
    Title: How to mastermind a revolution in science
    Location: Dolfi and Lola Ebner Auditorium
    Lecturer: Prof. Steve Fuller
    Organizer: Braginsky Center for the Interface between Science and the Humanities
    Abstract: At the height of the Cold War in the 1960s, Karl Popper and Thomas Kuhn staged a ... Read more At the height of the Cold War in the 1960s, Karl Popper and Thomas Kuhn staged a wide-ranging and well-publicized debate over the nature of ‘scientific revolutions’, which has had far-reaching implications for both our understanding of the history and philosophy of science and the terms on which future science policy should be set. Whereas Popper argued that scientists should try to revolt against the dominant paradigm in their fields, Kuhn contended that they should carry on working within the paradigm until it self-destructs on its own accord. Behind this debate lay conflicting visions of the psychology and sociology of the scientific community. I shall revisit this debate, defending an updated version of Popper’s position
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    Language of Evolution and Evolution of Language

    Date:
    23
    Sunday
    February
    2020
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    24
    Monday
    February
    2020
    Conference
    Time: 08:00
    Location: David Lopatie Conference Centre

    Braginsky Center for the Interface between the Sciences and the Humanities

    Date:
    27
    Monday
    January
    2020
    Lecture / Seminar
    Time: 11:00
    Title: Evolutions: Science as Storytelling
    Location: Dolfi and Lola Ebner Auditorium
    Lecturer: Prof. Oren Harman
    Organizer: Braginsky Center for the Interface between Science and the Humanities
    Details: "Evolutions: Science as Storytelling" In this lecture I will present a creative ... Read more "Evolutions: Science as Storytelling" In this lecture I will present a creative project, Evolutions: Fifteen Myths That Explain Our World, in which I juxtapose ancient myths and modern science, to better understand both the differences between the two and their surprising commonalities. We’ll meet the Earth and the Moon presenting a cosmological view of motherhood, consider the meaning of sacrifice through the evolution of the whale, and see what the birth of language in our hominin past can teach us about the meaning of truth. Science may not solve our existential puzzles, but like the age-old legends, its magical discoveries can help us continue our never-ending search. Professor Oren Harman is Chair of the Graduate Program in Science, Technology and Society at Bar Ilan University and Senior Research Fellow at the Van Leer Institute. He was trained in history and biology at the Hebrew University, Oxford, and Harvard. His books have been translated into many languages and include The Man Who Invented the Chromosome, Evolutions: Fifteen Myths That Explain Our World, and The Price of Altruism, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was nominated for a Pulitzer prize. He lives in Jerusalem with is wife and two little children, and sings bass with the Tel Aviv Chamber Choir.
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    The Braginsky Center for the Interface between the Sciences and the Humanities

    Date:
    30
    Monday
    December
    2019
    Lecture / Seminar
    Time: 11:00
    Title: What have we learned from the Archimedes Palimpsest?
    Location: Gerhard M.J. Schmidt Lecture Hall
    Lecturer: Prof. Reviel Netz
    Organizer: Braginsky Center for the Interface between Science and the Humanities

    The Braginsky Center for the Interface between the Sciences and the Humanities

    Date:
    03
    Tuesday
    December
    2019
    Lecture / Seminar
    Time: 15:00-16:00
    Title: The Science of Memory and the Mechanisms of Mnemohistory - or, the fate of Jewish memory over >3300 yrs
    Location: Dolfi and Lola Ebner Auditorium
    Lecturer: Prof. Yadin Dudai
    Organizer: Department of Chemical and Biological Physics
    Abstract: From the vantage point of the Science of Memory, human cultures can be considere ... Read more From the vantage point of the Science of Memory, human cultures can be considered as 'biocultural supraorganisms' that can store distributed experience-dependent, behaviorally-relevant representations over hundreds and thousands of years. I will describe cognitive and artefactual instruments that mediate encoding, consolidation, storage and retrieval of such cross-generational collective engrams in large human populations. Investigation of this type of long-duration memory is made possible by combining archeology, history and cognitive science. I will focus on a model system for the analysis of long-duration cultural memory. This is the memory of the Jewish culture, that can be traced back ca. 3300 yr (i.e. ca. 130 generations) ago. I will zoom in on the core memory of this culture, i.e., the minimal set of cross-generational mnemonic items considered by members of that culture to define their collective origin, history and distinctiveness. Identifying a core memory item and tracing its fate over time can facilitate mechanistic understanding of remote as well as more recent collective memory. I will present data and hypotheses concerning the encoding, transformation, persistence and reactivation of an early component of the core memory, that had amalgamated fact with fiction in its first ca. 1000 yrs before being put in writing ca. 2300 yrs ago in an information-dense text of only 63 Hebrew words. Its high-fidelity persistence relied on evolving procedural reactivations. Potential implications of this persistence mechanism for understanding remote memory in individuals will be discussed. In recent generations reactivation of this memory and its updating play a role in splitting Jewish cultural memory into sub-narratives that differ, inter alia, in geographical distribution and cultural signature. This enables data-based analysis of ongoing transformation of collective memory in a large distributed human population
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    Braginsky Center for the Interface between the Sciences and the Humanities, special guest lecture with Daniel Matt

    Date:
    01
    Sunday
    December
    2019
    Lecture / Seminar
    Time: 16:00-17:00
    Title: God and the Big Bang: Discovering Harmony between Science and Spirituality
    Location: Gerhard M.J. Schmidt Lecture Hall
    Lecturer: Prof. Daniel Matt
    Organizer: Department of Molecular Genetics
    Details: The lecture will be given in Hebrew

    Translocation Mechanisms of Protein-Antibiotics

    Date:
    19
    Tuesday
    February
    2019
    Lecture / Seminar
    Time: 14:00-15:00
    Location: Helen and Milton A. Kimmelman Building
    Lecturer: Dr. Ruth Cohen Khait
    Organizer: Department of Chemical and Structural Biology

    SHIRAT HAMADA

    Date:
    17
    Thursday
    January
    2019
    Lecture / Seminar
    Time: 19:30-21:30
    Location: Dolfi and Lola Ebner Auditorium