Cool talk alert: How do eyes even work, really?

Biotech Without Borders hosts neuroscientist Tiago Siebert Altavini Oct. 25 to explore the science of vision.

Eyes are mad complicated, my friend. In fact, they’re so complicated that they’re one of the biggest arguments creationists have that such a mechanism couldn’t possibly have evolved through random mutations and natural selection, but would have had to have been designed intelligently as a unit. We won’t delve into the argument further, but point is, eyeballs are wild.

So yeah, Biotech Without Borders will host neuroscientist Dr. Tiago Siebert Altavini Oct. 25 to talk about eyes and sight and brains in a talk so impossibly cool sounding, we can’t believe it developed organically.

“Visual perception is not just the processing of information about the physical attributes of what we see, but the process of correlating of these physical attributes to the internal representations the already brain has,” according to the event. “How is it that our memory and expectations influence our visual perception?”

Altavini works at the Laboratory of Neurobiology at Rockefeller University where he is investigating the “top-down influence of feedback connections on object recognition” in order to “understand the mechanisms by which expectation influences visual perception.”

Heh. Cool.

The talk is free and open to the public.

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