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The new science of the mind – a policy makers dream?

7:00pm, Wednesday 17 October 2007, Contact shf@academyofideas.org.uk for more information.

Neuroscience holds great potential for our ability to understand the workings of the mind and its relationship to the brain. Claims are already being made for infallible lie detectors and the ability to understand consumers’ wants and desires better than they know them themselves.

Are we really on the brink of unlocking the secrets of the mind or is the quest to uncover the biological basis of consciousness similar to ‘phrenology’- the nineteenth century’s attempt to read mans’ character through examining bumps on heads? Why is there such a demand for theories of the mind in policy circles, ranging from education to law?

SPEAKER(S)

Introduction by David Perks

READINGS

Can High-Level Cognitive Functions be Localized?
by William Uttal

Duped: Can brain scans uncover lies?
by Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 2 July 2007

A probe inside the mind of the shopper
by Jerome Burne, Financial Times, 27 November 2003

Langleben’s paper on his experiment using fMRI scanning to detect deception (2005)

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