Date & Time

Wed, 06/04/2008


The topic of this program is one of the more intriguing developments in the neurosciences. This program included Joel Huizenga, Founder and CEO of No Lie MRI, one of the companies now offering a service to test whether or not people are telling the truth. For a legal perspective, we had the views of San Diego attorney, Charles (Chuck) Sevilla , who has considerable interest and expertise in the place of lie detection in the courtroom. Finally, to help us think about the ethical implications of this work, we heard from Dr. Pat Churchland, a philosopher who is internationally known for her contributions to neurophilosophy and ethics.



  fMRI lie detection companies:


Joel Huizenga
No Lie MRI

Founder and CEO of No Lie MRI, Inc. The company has created, for the first time in human history, the ability to look inside an individual’s brain and “see” that individual create a lie. Mr. Huizenga’s experience includes founder and CEO of ISCHEM Corporation. ISCHEM has automated MRI for detection of “vulnerable” plaque for the heart disease and stroke market. Mr. Huizenga is first author of the core patent application for ISCHEM. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado, a Masters Degree in Molecular Biology from State University of New York at Stonybrook, and an MBA from the University of Rochester.

Charles (Chuck) Sevilla
Charles Sevilla Law Office

For over thirty years, Charles Sevilla has taught and written on the issue of lie detection in the courtroom and has spent his legal career in a practice devoted to criminal defense in the state of California. He has been given the highest AV ranking from Martindale-Hubbell, the authoritative resource on the worldwide legal profession. Best Lawyers in America, 13th edition, 2007, again has listed Charles Sevilla in the categories of Appellate Law, Non-White-Collar Criminal Defense, and White-Collar Criminal Defense.

Pat Churchland
UCSD, Department of Philosphy

Professor Churchland is the chair of the Philosophy Department at UC San Diego, and Adjunct Professor at the Salk Institute. Her research focuses on the interface between neuroscience and philosophy. Although many philosophers used to dismiss the relevance of neuroscience on grounds that what mattered was the software, not the hardware, increasingly philosophers have come to recognize that understanding how the brain works is essential to understanding the mind.The central focus of her research has been the exploration and development of the hypothesis that the mind is the brain.