A Journey to the Source of Consciousness - with Prof Mark Solms
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About the event
In this live talk direct from South Africa, neuro-psychologist Mark Solms will take us on his journey to the source of consciousness. Extraordinarily a mystery that has puzzled thinkers and scientists for millenia may now be close to a solution. This promises to be a truly eye-opening session.
Mark's most recent book is 'The Hidden Spring - A Journey to the Source of Consciousness'.
One review said:
“in a crowded field, consciousness has a strong claim to being the strangest thing in the universe. The feeling of being aware is the most fundamental and familiar aspect of anyone’s existence…...entangled with the mystery of how consciousness happens is another: why is it there at all? It’s unclear why evolution bothered to make it feel like something to be you…...The book’s most arresting claim is that the answer is to be found not in brain functions such as visual perception or hearing, the usual focus of inquiries into consciousness, but in feelings.”
“The gist is that feelings are a uniquely effective and efficient way for humans to monitor their countless changing biological needs, in extremely unpredictable environments, to set priorities for action and make the best choices so as to remain within various bounds – of hunger, cold and heat, physical danger, social isolation, etc – outside of which we can’t survive for long.”
Mark Solms has spent his life investigating how the brain registers & processes our environment & our experiences to produce consciousness. He has approached it through neuropsychology, marrying the knowledge gained from sophisticated neuro-imaging & advanced information theory with the approaches and insights of psychoanalysis.
Mark is a neuro-scientist, a psychoanalyst and researcher - he is uniquely placed to explain what consciousness is, and is not.
Mark Solms has worked in London and New York and is currently Professor of Neuropsychology at the University of Cape Town, and he will be joining us live from South Africa
The event will take place online using zoom. Click here to attend.
This event is FREE to all Bristol Humanists members. We ask everyone else to make a voluntary contribution of £3/£1 to help cover our costs. We will pay half of all proceeds to a selected charity. Contributions can be made here