GMA

This GMA we will talk go through the Half Year Results of the Board, a change in our Charter, and a motion proposed by some of our members. All very important points for the VSPA! If you would like to learn more about the board and the charter of the VSPA, you do not want to miss out on this GMA! Additionally, there will be free dinner cooked by the support committee, free beers and a borrel after ???????? If you wanna enjoy delicious noodles ???? and a fresh beer ???? come join us on the 17th of May 17:00-20:00 in Roeterseiland campus REC A1.02 .

Excursion: Plant Your Growth

The excursion committee invites you all to our LAST excursion of the year! We will visit MijnStadstuin and get a tour as well as take part in a workshop!!!(surprise) Be amazed by nature and its effect on us!

On the 16th of May we start at 5pm! Tickets are available now! For only 8,80€!!! Don’t miss out on this one, we’d love to see you very soon. You can buy your ticket through the website, app, or the link in our story

FAB: Bierfest

This time, our FAB will be on Thursday, hence a Thursday Afternoon Borrel!

At this borrel, you will be able to socialize both with your fellow students and all the faculty staff. This is the time to chat with your favorite teachers and get to know them a bit better!

The theme of the borrel will be BierFest, so come by to get a delicious cold beer!

There also will be softdrinks, wine and hotdogs!

So, see you on the 12th of May (17:00-20:00), outside of the G-building entrance!

Apocalypse as a Coping Mechanism

How to deal with the end? It’s a truism that there’s just one thing in life that we’re sure of: death. Still, we prefer to indulge ourselves in feeling things will last forever. This becomes increasingly difficult in these times of (ecological) crisis. Fears about our own end mix with fears about the collapse of civilization – how long will we be able to hold on to the world as we know it? And should we? What is this attachment to a world that, our dreams of “sustainability” notwithstanding, just cannot last?
Date & Hour: 11th May, 16.00-17.30 o’clock

Ticket Link: https://vspa.nl/en/product/apocalypse-as-a-coping-mechanism/

Prom: Under the Stars

Prom

Location: Amstelzaal

Date: Friday May 13th 2022, 20:00-02:00

Theme: Starry Night

Looking for a good time under the stars? What about with the addition of an Open Bar? It’s time to find an outfit that shines brighter than ever for the VSPA Prom 2022!

We’re gonna party the night away… will you join us for this Starry Night? Entrees are from 20:00-22:00. For an open bar ticket you’ll receive 7x €3,50 worth of drinks. Be quick to get this deal ;). There are small lockers and a wardrobe room at the venue. The lockers take €1,- coins.

Free Will – So You Think You Can Choose

Link to tickets: https://vspa.nl/product/free-will-so-you-think-you-can-choose/

Do you think that we are really free to choose our actions? Or is there something that inevitably determines them?

If you ever asked yourself these questions, the annual VSPA conference “Free will: so you think you can choose?” is here to tease your brain!

Our excellent speakers will offer you answers to these questions and to many more, such as:

– Is free will an illusion when we look at human neurophysiology?

– Should we hold criminals accountable in court if their free will is compromised by biological changes?

– Does advising, persuading, blaming and praising even have a point if we deny free will?

Interested in knowing more? Check the details below!

When? 14th April 2022, from 15:00 to 20:30

Where? Lecture hall A1, Building A, Roeterseiland Campus

Bonus: You will gain 2 colloquium points!

COLLOQUIUM POINTS

2 colloquium points will be awarded for attendance to all three lectures.

1 colloquium point will be awarded for attendance to only one or two lectures.

Attendance will be registered through a form at the end of each lecture.

PARTIAL ATTENDANCE

You are welcome to take part in only one or two lectures, however, the ticket price for the event will remain the same. The number of colloquium points awarded will also differ based on the number of lectures you plan to attend (see above).

Plan of the day 

15.15 – 17:00

Dr. Emilie Caspar, Ghent University.

How Can Humans Commit Atrocities When They Follow Orders? A Social Neuroscience Perspective of the Obedient Brain.

 

In this talk, I will explore the question of how humans can commit atrocities when they follow orders. I will present recent studies in social and cognitive neurosciences, which showed how obeying orders impacts the sense of agency and empathy for pain. We will also review some studies involving military staff and inmates to understand how working or living in an environment that reduces personal autonomy impacts the sense of agency, even when one is free to decide which actions to execute.

17.15 – 19.15

Mr. dr. Johannes Bijlsma, Utrecht University.

Free will and the insanity defense in criminal law: the Bart van U.-case

Criminal responsibility presumably requires that an offender acted out of his/her free will. We do not want to punish offenders who could not have acted otherwise. It is assumed that in certain cases a mental disorder causes an offender to commit an offence not out of free will. In such a case, a defendant is acquitted by reason of insanity. In the (in)famous Dutch criminal case against Bart van U. – who killed a former health minister and his own sister while he was psychotic – the question of the criminal responsibility of the offender was at stake. Using this case as an illustration, the relation between the insanity defense and freedom of the will will be explored. Is freedom of the will in fact a requirement for criminal responsibility? Is it because a lack of freedom to act otherwise that we do not hold certain mentally ill offenders responsible, or is it because of other reasons? Can a philosophically contested issue like freedom of the will provide a guideline for a judge to assess criminal responsibilty? Are forensic mental health experts able to “measure” the degree of free will with which a mentally ill offender acted?”

19.30 – 20.30

Dr. Sebo Uithol, Leiden University.

Free will and where our actions come from

The question of free will is an ancient one, and the answer options are well-known: determinism, libertarianism, and compatibilism. Yet, the first seems undesirable, the second unlikely, and the third problematic. The problem is our intuitions about where our actions come from. In this talk I will discuss theoretical and empirical work that shows that our folk psychological model in which intentions cause actions is unlikely to hold on the level of neural processes. Rather, our action decisions emerge from a causal web that spans multiple brain regions, and even includes the body and the environment. Appreciating the distributed and dynamic origins of action decisions may push us towards a form of compatibilism.

Amsterdam Canal Tour & Quiz

Enjoy a two-hour boat tour on Amsterdam’s most beautiful canals, with drinks and snacks included on board! Make sure to bring your friends for a group quiz and spotting game, although there will be plenty of time to sit back and chat as well.

You’ll find our tour boat at 17:00 near REC at the Theatre Carre, which is also going to be our drop-off point at the end of the trip.

Date: March 22nd
Time: 17:00-19:00

Link to tickets on the calendar and on the App

Festival: AMS Unlocked

BIG FESTIVAL COMING UP

Do you want take part in the biggest/greatest study associations event, ever in the history of UvA?

Save the date for the 8th of June 2022

Where will it be? Thuishaven

What to expect? A house/techno event with 2 stages and a lot of other students from different study associations.

Buy your ticket here: https://events.flextickets.nl/event/ams-unlocked-vspa

For more info visit this website

 

Friday Afternoon Borrel

The VSPA is finally organising the first FAB of this year!!????????

FAB = F riday A fternoon B orrel.
At this borrel, you will be able to socialise both with your fellow students and all the faculty staff. This is the time to chat with your favourite teachers and get to know them a bit better! We’ll be serving snacks, beers, soft drinks and our specialty cocktail of the months for very cheap prices right here at Roeterseiland. It is a great opportunity to take a study-break and socialize with your friends and professors right here on campus!
Time: 17:00
Date: 18th of March
Location: ground floor of G building
Don’t forget to check out the Instagram of the VSPA soon to see the review of the cocktail!????????

“Free Will – So You Think You Can Choose” conference

Do you think that we are really free to choose our actions? Or is there something that inevitably determines them?

If you ever asked yourself these questions, the annual VSPA conference “Free will: so you think you can choose?” is here to tease your brain!

Our excellent speakers will offer you answers to these questions and to many more, such as:

– Is free will an illusion when we look at human neurophysiology?

– Should we hold criminals accountable in court if their free will is compromised by biological changes?

– Does advising, persuading, blaming and praising even have a point if we deny free will?

Interested in knowing more? Check the details below!

When? 14th April 2022

Where? Location will be soon revealed- stay tuned!

Bonus: Apart from becoming an expert in determinism and doubt your whole reality, you will gain colloquium points!