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Fabrizzio McManus Guerrero: "Neuro-Biological Explanations of Sexual Orientation and Their Counter-Explanations"

March 5, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm  |  Jack Baskin 152


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Guest Lectures for “Introduction to Philosophy” (Phil 11) and “Brain, Mind, and Consciousness” (Cowell 39), co-taught by Rasmus Grønfeldt Winther, UCSC, Winter 2015.

Explaining Sexual Orientation, or for that matter, Gender Identity in Trans subjects, has been at the core of Human Biology for the last 150 years. The technological innovations that nowadays allow us to gain epistemic access to the brain in terms of its structure, physiology and development are only the most recent examples of this historical trend. In this talk I analyze the structure of these explanations and suggest how an analytic feminist perspective might be useful in detecting and criticizing possible gender biases.

Fabrizzo McManusFabrizzio McManus Guerrero studied Biology in the Faculty of Sciences at UNAM from 2000 to 2004 and wrote, as his undergraduate thesis, a taxonomic revision of the genus Jatropha (fam. Euphorbiaceae). From 2004 to 2006 he was a masters student in the Program in Philosophy of Science also at UNAM. There he wrote his master thesis focusing on the philosophical problems of phylogenetic reconstruction. His masters thesis won two prizes: the Norman Sverdlin prize for best philosophy thesis in 2006, and the UNAM prize medal “Alfonso Caso.”He started his doctorate in the same program in 2006. In his dissertation, he analyzed homosexuality in the context of philosophical accounts of mechanistic explanation and biopower.He successfully defended (with honors) his dissertation in November 2010: La homosexualidad a la luz de la filosofía de la ciencia: Mecanismos biologicos, subjetividad y poder (Homosexuality in Light of the Philosophy of Science: Biological Mechanisms, Subjectivity, and Power)

Fabrizzio is currently Assistant Professor, Centro de Investigaciones Interdisciplinarias en Ciencias y Humanidades at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico (UNAM), in Mexico City.

This talk is supported by the “Philosophy in a Multicultural Context” IHR Research Cluster

Winter 2015 Lecture Series Schedule:

Robin Dunkin
Tuesday, January 27, Stevenson 175 @ 6:00
“Building Blocks of the Brain: Neuron and Glia Form & Function”


Michael Anderson
Thursday, January 29, Stevenson 175 @ 6:00
“Neural Reuse and Hebbian Learning: Two Kinds of Neuroplasticity in the Brain”


Nicolas Davidenko
Tuesday, February 3, Stevenson 175 @ 6:00
“The Suggestible Nature of Motion Perception”


Janette Dinishak
Thursday, February 12, Humanities Lecture Hall @ 12:00
“Autism & Neurodiversity”


Ray Gibbs
Thursday, February 12, Stevenson 175 @ 6:00
“Embodied Meaning, Thinking, and Communication”


Craig Schindler
Tuesday, February 17, Stevenson 175 @ 6:00
“Enduring Wisdom, Mindfulness & Emerging Neuroscience”


John Brown Childs
Thursday, February 19, Humanities Lecture Hall @ 12:00


Dada Nabhaniilananda
Thursday, February 19, Stevenson 175 @ 6:00
“Dragon Taming for Smart People”


Natalia Carrillo
Tuesday, February 24, Stevenson 175 @ 6:00
“A History of the Action Potential”


Doc Edge
Tuesday, February 24, Humanities Lecture Hall at 12:00
“Talking About Race: Geneticists, Philosophers, the Media, and the People”


Brian Cantwell Smith
Thursday, February 26, Humanities Lecture Hall @ 12:00
“The Three R’s: Representation, Registration, and Reality”

Thursday, February 26, Stevenson 175 @ 6:00
“The Couch or the Bottle: Levels of Abstraction and the Anxious Mind”


Octavio Valadez
Tuesday, March 3, Humanities Lecture Hall @ 12:00
“Co-Teaching and Revolutionary Teaching”


Fabrizzio McManus Guerrero
Thursday, March 5, Humanities Lecture Hall @ 12:00
“From Queer Theory to Teoria Cuir: Latinamerican appropriations of Gay Identities”

Thursday, March 5, Stevenson 175 @ 6:00
“Neuro-Biological Explanations of Sexual Orientation and Their Counter-explanations”


March 5, 2015
6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
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Cowell-Stevenson: Lots 107, 109, 110