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MSF Event: The Ravenous Brain ($20)

Daniel Bor explains our brains’ ravenous appetite for information—and in particular, its constant search for patterns; and his theory that consciousness evolved as an accelerated knowledge-gathering tool.


Dr. Daniel Bor builds on the latest research to propose a new model for how consciousness works. He argues that this brain-based faculty evolved as an accelerated knowledge gathering tool. He examines the role of consciousness as an "ideas factory", seeking meaning and structure. Bor believes it was this drive that led our forebears to make discoveries from fire to farming. But, he proposes, this creative power of human consciousness has come at the cost of mental fragility. Bor argues that mental illness can be thought of as disorders of consciousness...and opens up new possibilities for the treatment of mental suffering.

After completing his first degree in philosophy and psychology in 1997 at Oxford University, he moved to Cambridge University in 1998 for his PhD in cognitive neuroscience, at the Medical Research Council Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, under the supervision of Adrian Owen and John Duncan. Following his PhD, he stayed on as a research fellow, until early 2010, when he moved to the Sackler Centre For Consciousness Science, at the University of Sussex.


5:30 Reception

6:30 Lecture

7:30 Q&A

Students w/ID: $5.00Senior (65+): $10.00Military w/ID: $10.00General Admission: $20.00Mind Science Foundation members: FREE (e-mail the Science Cafe organizer for details on how to obtain a discount)

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  • Jana

    Well presented.

    May 13, 2013

  • Mike

    For those wanting to discuss the event. We will meet after the lectures Q&A at the bar to the right inside the stables. Then we will decide where to go from there. Most likely la Gloria.

    May 13, 2013

  • Jacqueline G.

    I just ordered his book! I hope I can get him to sign it!

    March 23, 2013

  • David H

    Sounds interesting.

    March 2, 2013

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