PSYC Seminar: “Complexion, Illusion And Junction Functions”, Mark Changizi, A-130, 12:40PM February 24 (EN)

Dear Colleagues and Students,

You are cordially invited to a seminar titled “Complexion, Illusion And Junction Functions” by Mark Changizi.

Date: 24 February 2020, Monday
Time: 12:40-13:30
Place: FEASS; A-130

Complexion, Illusion And Junction Functions

Color vision … is for seeing emotional complexion on bare skin.
Illusions are … an attempt to see the near future.
And, we can read … only because writing evolved to look like the junction shapes found in nature.
I will discuss these three topics, with the overarching theme of the importance of understanding the function — purpose — of biological systems.

Mark Changizi is a cognitive scientist aiming to grasp the ultimate foundations underlying why we think, feel and see as we do. His research focuses on “why” questions, and he has made important discoveries such as on why we see in color, why we see illusions, why we have forward-facing eyes, why the brain is structured as it is, why animals have as many limbs and fingers as they do, why the dictionary is organized as it is, why fingers get pruney when wet, where emotional expressions came from, and how we acquired writing, language and music.

Mark Changizi completed his doctorate in applied mathematics in 1997. He had post-doctoral experience at Duke for 3 years and an assistant professor position at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Cognitive Science from 2007-2010. After 2010 he founded his own businesses. He has given TED talks and written several books. The organizations he is working now are Human Factory (Founder and CEO); VINO OPTICS (Founder and CEO); 2ai Labs, Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (VP R&D).