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Nancy Kanwisher: A neural portrait of the human mind
Genius is our birthright and mediocrity is self-imposed | John Nosta
Yet, we experience these transcendent moment of magic and fail to make the connection to genius–a connection that is endowed within us all.
John is a thinker cut from a contrarian cloth. He is a driving force in helping shape the role of technology, cognition and medicine in transforming the human existence.
Cognitive prescription for blind hindsight | Richard Chalkley
Richard is now the Health and Safety Manager for the School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh. He has looked after safety at the “sharp end” of research into infectious diseases and cancer in the public, private and charity sectors. He is a practitioner who strives to understand the human condition and why we get it wrong so often and so easily.
Rewiring Your Brain: Michael Weisend
The Brain is Wired for Unity: Zoran Josipovic
Robert Burton: “A Skeptic’s Guide to the Mind”
Despite 2500 years of contemplation by the world’s greatest minds and the more recent phenomenal advances in basic neuroscience, neither neuroscientists nor philosophers have a decent understanding of what the mind is or how it works. Nevertheless, with powerful new tools such as the fMRI scan, neuroscience has become the de facto mode of explanation of behavior.
In A Skeptic’s Guide to the Mind, Robert Burton brings together clinical observations, practical thought experiments, personal anecdotes, and cutting-edge neuroscience to decipher what neuroscience can tell us about ourselves– and where it falls woefully short. At the same time, he offers a new vision of how to think about what the mind might be and how it works.
A Skeptic’s Guide to the Mind is a critical, startling, and expansive journey into the mysteries of the brain and what makes us human.
As an introduction, you can also catch his discussion of his previous book, On Being Certain, at Authors at Google, June 9, 2008 here.
About the Author: Robert Burton, M.D. graduated from Yale University and University of California at San Francisco medical school, where he also completed his neurology residency. At age 33, he was appointed chief of the Division of Neurology at Mt. Zion-UCSF Hospital, where he subsequently became Associate Chief of the Department of Neurosciences. His non-neurology writing career includes three critically acclaimed novels and On Being Certain: Believing You Are Right Even When You’re Not. He lives in Sausalito, California.
Professor Steven Rose ‘Can Neuroscience Explain the Mind’
How close are we to solving the mystery of consciousness? How effective and appropriate are treatments for depression and Alzheimer’s Disease? Is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in fact the symptom of a social, rather than brain, disorder? What can brain imaging techniques reveal about us? For most of us, the mind is a safe and private refuge; will it remain so?
Extraordinary new windows into brain function are now being opened, and this lecture Steven Rose discusses the ethics and the implications of these neurotechnologies.
Steven Rose is a professor of Neurobiology at The Open University and the University of London. This talk was given as part of the 2007 Unesco NZ Science Lectures, on Thursday 8 March, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland, New Zealand.
He is also a successful author. Some of his books include ‘Not in Our Genes‘ and ‘Alas Poor Darwin’
His latest book “Genes, Cells and Brains: The Promethean Promises of the New Biology”