Jim Winslow ties together brain architecture, good and evil behaviour, piracy on the high seas, and psychopathy in his entertaining presentation.
Who knew that the pirates of yore, aside from missing an eye, a lower leg, and a left hand were at the same time cursed with an undersized anygdala?
Jim comes from an interesting stock: on his father’s side from the first two governors of the Plymouth, Massachusetts pilgrim colony and on his mother’s side, from the Viking, Leif Ericson. This inheritance gave him two copies of the independence gene.
Jim learned to sail at Boy Scout camp. For 30 years, he had a sailboat on Lake Champlain and then on Georgian Bay.
He did all but a thesis for a math PhD in symbolic logic. Wanting to know about thinking, Jim then was advised to learn biology, so he then bravely did an MSc and PhD in physiology / neuroscience.
Jim has taught computer science and then moved to physiology / neuroscience at University of Toronto. He did papers on the mathematics of neurons and synapses.
Now retired, he still plays competitive squash, leisurely tennis and is working on a model for Alzheimer’s Disease.
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