My Neurons and My Self

With ever more refined techniques for measuring complex brain activity,  scientists are challenging the understanding of thought, memory and  emotion–what we have traditionally called “the self.” How do electrical  and chemical currents translate to self-awareness? And why does the  brain produce consciousness at all? Join a discussion among eminent  neuroscientists, philosophers and psychologists who are redefining what  it means to be human.

Mirror Neurons to Phantoms

V.S. Ramachandran is Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition at the University of California, San Diego (http://cbc.ucsd.edu/index.html). He has gained wide recognition for investigating the neurological basis for a host of bizarre psychological conditions.

VS Ramachandran - Regarding God

A part of beyond belief  (science religion reason and survival)  the event was in the 2006 talking Prof. Vilayanur Subramanian  Ramachandran (born 1951) is a neuroscientist known primarily for his  work in the fields of behavioral neurology and visual psychophysics

Take the Neuron Express for a brief tour of consciousness

V.S. Ramachandran is Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition and  Professor with the Psychology Department and the Neurosciences Program  at the University of California, San Diego. A former BBC Reith Lecturer,  he co-authored Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the  Human Mind, with Sandra Blakeslee, and is the author of A Brief Tour of  Human Consciousness.

Illusions, Delusions and the Brain

This year's prestigious University of Glasgow Gifford Lecture Series  will feature three talks from V.S. Ramachandran, the Director of the  Centre for Brain and Cognition and Distinguished Professor with the  Psychology Department and Neurosciences Program at the University of  California.

Mind over Masters: Question of Free Will

Do we make conscious decisions? Or are all of our actions predetermined?  And if we don't have free will, are we responsible for what we do?  Modern neurotechnology is now allowing scientists to study brain  activity neuron by neuron to try to determine how and when our brains  decide to act. In this program, experts probe the latest research and  explore the question of just how much agency we have in the world, and  how the answer impacts our ethics, our behavior, and our society.

Madness Redefined

The notion of a “tortured genius” or “mad scientist” may be more than a  romantic aberration. Research shows that bipolar disorder and  schizophrenia correlate with high creativity and intelligence, raising  tantalizing questions: What role does environment play in the path to  mental illness? Are so-called mental defects being positively selected  for in the gene pool? Where’s the line between gift and deficit? 

Mind and Machine: The Future of Thinking

Creative thought is surely among our most precious and mysterious  capabilities. But can powerful computers rival the human brain? As  thinking, remembering and innovating become increasingly interwoven with  technological advances, what are we capable of? What do we lose? Join  Luciano Floridi, John Donoghue, Gary Small and Rosalind Picard for a  thought-provoking program about thinking.

Beautiful Minds: The Enigma of Genius

Immanuel Kant, (in 1700s)  defined it as  the rare capacity to independently understand concepts that would  normally have to be taught by another person. Since then, the spectrum  of abilities that we call genius has widened, but pivotal questions  remain: What exactly is genius? Where do the remarkable abilities of  genius come from? Is genius something that lives within all of us, or is  it a categorically different way of seeing the world that is bestowed  upon only a few? 

Architects of the Mind

Is the human brain an elaborate organic computer? Since the time of the  earliest electronic computers, some have imagined that with sufficiently  robust memory, processing speed, and programming, a functioning human  brain can be replicated in silicon. Others disagree, arguing that  central to the workings of the brain are inherently non-computational  processes. Do we differ from complex computer algorithms?