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Limits and potential of neuroscience

Does modern brain-scanning technology provide insights that correlate meaningfully with our emotions, intentions, and feelings? Does our ability to illuminate the mind within the brain spotlight our innermost thoughts and reveal the sources of our deepest desires?

Neuroscience has sparked the imagination of policy makers, marketeers, pollsters, communicators, artists and lawyers. They claim neuroscience explains everything from why consumers make certain choices to why people vote left or right. Some even maintain it can fathom why some of us are prone to rebellion, and why we prefer one form of art over another. Increasingly, lawyers argue that clients shouldn’t be held responsible for committing heinous crimes because of their faulty neurological circuitry.

Are those calling for a radical neuro-transformation of criminal responsibility, education, public health and social policy too credulous about what some term ‘neuromania’? Or is scepticism about neuroscience driven by a myopic refusal to accept that we are less autonomous than we think?

Speakers

Raymond Tallis 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raymond_Tallis

Andy Habermacher

http://www.andyhabermacher.com/index.html

Markus Christen

http://www.ethik.uzh.ch/ibme/team/mitarbeitende/markuschristen.html

Andrew Smart

http://www.artandscienceofdoingnothing.com/?page_id=16

chaired by: Angus Kennedy

Tickets for CHF20 (25 on the door) and full details from:

http://www.zurichsalon.org/



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  • John S.

    Yes, it was a great event. I want to thank those who applauded my comments. I spoke from my heart and beleieve we need to take a different view of things. If anyone is interested in talking please contact me

    2 · March 31, 2014

  • Robin B.

    That was a great event yesterday, thanks to everyone for organizing it and making it happen.

    On a completely different matter though: I lost my smartphone sometime yesterday evening (a black Samsung Galaxy S II), in case someone found it after the event, please let me know. Thanks

    March 28, 2014

    • infinitary

      Sorry to hear about your phone, we'll check it with the venue.

      March 28, 2014

    • Robin B.

      Thank you very much

      March 28, 2014

  • Yinly

    Unfortunately I can't make it today. Im still working and I would be too late. Looking forward for the next meetup.

    March 27, 2014

  • Robin B.

    Hi, I'm a bit confused in regards to the ticker purchasing. I bought a ticket a while back and got an email confirmation, but no ticket number or anything to print out.
    Do you have a list with all the names or how do you handle that?

    March 27, 2014

    • infinitary

      The ticket is on your name at the door :-)

      March 27, 2014

    • Robin B.

      ok, thank you :)

      March 27, 2014

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