Neuro-Enhancement: Mirage Or Miracle

A cross-disciplinary discussion group

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. Speakers: - Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris, post-doctoral researcher, Centre For Neuropsychopharmacology, Imperial College London - Oron Catts, director of Symbiotica Centre For Excellence In Biological Arts - Martin Dinov, PhD student in Computational Neuroscience - Prof. George Gaskell, social psychology, London School Of Economics - Dr. Imogen Goold, fellow and tutor in law, St. Anne's College, Oxford University - Prof. Steve Fuller, Auguste Comte chair in social epistemology, University Of Warwick


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