TONIGHT ‘Neuro-enhancement: Mirage or Miracle?’

WHEN Wednesday, 23 March 2016 from 19:00 to 22:00 (GMT) Add to Calendar

WHERE The Proud Archivist – 2-10 Hertford Road, London N1 5SH, United Kingdom – View Map

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A cross-disciplinary salon that encourages a Creative Dialogue between Science, Art, Technology, Ethics and Politics. Through a theatrical fun debate, we invite individuals from these equal and fundamental cogs of culture to offer us a multi-faceted perspective – from the personal everyday to broader societal questions (FUN not serious – we promise!)

Better memory, extended concentration, super problem-solving, brilliant creative insights and senses beyond those nature intended. As researchers work to expand our knowledge of the brain, some hope that their findings will not only allow us to treat diseases of the brain, but also enable healthy individuals to enhance their mental abilities. Is there a clear distinction between the treatment of disease, and the enhancement of normal functioning? Cosmetic surgery, sports medicine and assisted reproductive technologies show that we already use the fruits of medical research to go ‘beyond therapy’. Why not do the same to improve the power of our minds? If you could, would you swap your morning coffee for a bit of electric brain stimulation to kickstart your day? While all this may sound appealing to some, many remain profoundly skeptical. And even if we could, should we want to use emerging technologies to enhance the brain?

Join a fantastic group of thinkers, scientists and artists to explore the pros and cons of enhancing the mind and augmenting the senses. The event marks the end of a 3-year international project studying the societal aspects of neuro-enhancement. This will be a special edition of ‘Dialogue’ presented in partnership between Jugular Productions and the NERRI Project.

Chair Dr Shama Rahman


Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris, Post-doctoral Researcher, Centre for Neuropsychopharmacology, Division of Brain Sciences, Imperial College London

Robin is a research fellow at Imperial College London who, since receiving his PhD in 2009, has spent the last 7 years researching the neuroscience and potential therapeutic use of psychedelic drugs.

Oron Catts, Director of Symbiotica Centre for Excellence in Biological Arts, University of Western Australia

Oron is an artist, researcher and curator whose pioneering work with the Tissue Culture and Art Project, which he established in 1996 is considered a leading biological art project.

Martin Dinov, PhD student in Computational Neuroscience, Imperial College London

Martin is Defence Science and Technology Laboratory funded PhD student at Imperial, and a key figure of the London brain hacker community.

Prof. George Gaskell, Social Psychology, London School of Economics & Political Science

George’s research focuses on science, technology and society, in particular the issues of risk and trust, and how social values influence people’s views about technological innovation.

Dr. Imogen Goold, Fellow and Tutor in Law, St. Anne’s College, Oxford University

Imogen works on legal questions related to controversial bioethical issues and has recently led an international project investigating human enhancement and the law.

Prof. Steve Fuller, Auguste Comte Chair in Social Epistemology in the Department of Sociology, University of Warwick

Steve originally trained in history and philosophy of science, and his most recent work focuses on the future of humanity and visions of a post- and trans-human condition, the idea of ‘Humanity 2.0’.

Dr Nicholas Davis, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Manchester Metropolitan University Nick is a psychologist and neuroscientist researching electrical or magnetic stimulation to modify brain activity, as a way to understand how the brain controls our behaviour.

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