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Thought Experiments on the Question of Being Human “The Science of Changing Your Mind”


a festival of original plays, created by scientist/playwright teams, examining the question

of what it means to be human in light of current developments in science and technology


Ethnic Cultural Theatre  -  7:30 pm Fri. October 13;  7:30 pm Sat. Oct. 14;  2:00 pm Sun. Oct. 15

Each year, Thought Experiments on the Question of Being Human examines the impact of a different field on that question. Conversations between scientists and playwrights lead to a festival of original short plays examining how current developments in that field may impact how we answer the question of what it means to be human.


This year our special theme is “The Science of Changing Your Mind” and, with the help of the University of Washington Psychology Department, we have invited four scientists and teamed each scientist with a local Seattle playwright. Their collaborations will lead to the creation of four intriguing short plays, each exploring the science underlying : How we make decisions, how we change our minds - or don’t.

This year our scientist/playwright pairs are:

Scotto Moore and David Gire, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Washington, with an interest in neural circuit processing of sensory signals and decision-making;

Pamela Hobart Carter and Geoffrey Boynton. Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, University of Washington, with an interest in visual perception and its neural basis;

Elizabeth Heffron and Stacia Dreyer, Ph.D., Post Doctoral Scholar in the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, University of Washington;

K. Brian Neel and Chantel Prat, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, University of Washington, who investigates the neural basis of learning and cognition.


Each evening includes staged readings of the plays, followed by a scientist-led conversation, providing an opportunity for audience members to grapple, in an immediate, visceral way, with the questions and issues raised by the plays.



Thought Experiments on the Question of Being Human: the Science of Changing Your Mind is scheduled for October 13, 14, and 15 at The Ethnic Cultural Theatre, University of Washington.






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