What Leibniz Has To Do with Binary (Sex/Gender) Categories in Neuroscience
Women talk a lot, men don’t. Women don’t have good spatial reasoning, men do. Women are emotional, men are rational. There are two clearly distinguishable genders and clear differences between them that can be proven scientifically, e.g. with the help of neuroscientific studies of the brain – right? Whether this gender binary and differences between the sexes, often perceived as natural, are really so unambiguous, what research on biological gender differences can and cannot say, and what other perspectives there are on gender within the natural sciences – these and similar questions will be addressed in this lecture series. All researchers, students and interested parties are welcome!
Hannah Fitsch’s lecture in December will take a closer look at binary categories in neuroscience. There has been a desire to formalise the complex structure of the brain and its neuronal processes for some centuries. This talk traces the history of the new approaches by using the concept of the mathematisation of perception to show how methods and models from computer science and mathematics have found their way into brain research.