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Cafe Scientifique

cafe scientifique

You are cordially invited to come and chat with a scientist about an interesting and/or controversial science topic.  Patterned after the International Cafe Scientifique, the Science Department has initiated an outreach program to promote public interest in science.
Our goal is simply to have regularly scheduled sessions for informal discussions of scientific topics.

Schuler Books & Music
Eastwood Towne Center
Tuesday, January 24th, 2017, 7:00pm

What is consciousness?

What scientific evidence do we have about consciousness? Is there a signature of consciousness in brain activity? Do some animals have a kind of consciousness?
Dr. Mark Reimers will discuss results from studies of conscious perception, effortful thinking, and day-dreaming. In these studies scientists measure brain activity under conditions which are as similar as possible, except for awareness or other distinctively conscious activity. While these studies don't give final answers to the deep questions, they do build on empirical evidence to point us in useful directions.

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Please join us.  If you have any questions, please contact Alan O'Keefe by phone at (517) 483-1110 or e-mail at

Science at Lansing Community College

Science Department
Arts & Sciences Building, Room 301
Phone: (517) 483-1092
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