A Perfect Mind

Saturday, July 3, 2010 – 11:00-12:30
Venue: Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Cost: £8
The brain

Men ought to know that from the brain, and from the brain only, arise our pleasures, joys, laughter and jests, as well as our sorrows, pains, griefs and tears. Through it in particular, we think, see, hear, distinguish the ugly from the beautiful, the bad from the good, and the pleasant from the unpleasant.  Hippocrates, 500BC

We all share a desire for self-improvement - the desire to be perfect. Whether through education, work, parenthood or adhering to religious or ethical codes, each of us seeks to become a better human in a variety of ways. Developments in biotechnology, neuroscience, computing and nanotechnology mean we are entering an era where technological modification and enhancement of the body and mind is becoming a route to self-improvement. This event takes an extraordinary journey into the physical spaces of the brain and asks whether we can fulfil our desire for perfection. From creativity to conversation, and from memory to morality, can the object of our thoughts be altered, changed and bettered?

The panel includes:

  • Dr Mark Lythgoe (Chair), neuroscientist and Director of the University College London Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging
  • Professor Barbara Sahakian, Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology at University of Cambridge.
  • Dr Nigel Warburton, Department of Philosophy, Open University

This event is part of the Perfection of the Mind, Body and Machine discussion series. Save on the ticket price when all three events are booked at the same time.

Please note that Tony Buzan is unfortunately no longer able to take part in this event due to unforeseeable circumstances.

Supported by the EP Abraham Cephalosporin Fund.

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