The Brain and the Mind

Lisa Appignanesi and Lara Feigel are organising a new series of six panel discussions on behalf of the Centre for the Humanities and Health and the English department at King’s College London.  The talks will take place from October 2012-March 2013.

The series is called The Brain and the Mind and brings together neuroscientists with writers, artists, philosophers, psychiatrists, psychologists and psychoanalysts to explore how the varying languages which probe mind and brain can talk to each other.  Sessions address questions of free will, evolution, empathy, autism, gender and memory and speakers include the artists Simon McBurney, A.S. Byatt, Imogen Cooper, Tim Crane, Darian Leader, Michele Roberts and Fiona Shaw and the scientists Simon Baron-Cohen, Anthony David, Patrick Haggard, Francesca Happe, Melissa Hines, Peter Hobson, Michael Kopelman, Steven Rose, Michael Rutter and Mark Solms.  Poppy Sebag-Montefiore has made short films of the scientists in their labs which will be screened at the talks.

The first session, on The Brain, Free Will and the Inner Life, is on 18 October and is part of the KCL Arts and Humanities festival.

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