Tue, 2 March 2021

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm GMT

A Journey to the Source of Consciousness

Mark Solms in conversation with David Malone

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Join one of the world’s leading neuropsychologists for a ground-breaking new theory of consciousness that returns emotions to the centre of mental life – and will forever change how you understand your own subjective experience.

How does the mind connect to the body? Why does it feel like something to be us? For one of the boldest thinkers in neuropsychology, solving this puzzle has been a lifetime’s quest. Now at last, the man who discovered the brain mechanism for dreaming appears to have made a breakthrough.

In this livestream event, Mark Solms will venture into the elementary physics of life and bring forward his discovery in accessible language and graspable analogies.

The very idea that a solution is at hand may seem outrageous. Isn’t consciousness intangible, beyond the reach of science? Yet Mark can show how misguided fears and suppositions have concealed its true nature. Stick to the medical facts, pay close attention to the eerie testimony of hundreds of patients, and a way past our obstacles reveals itself.

Join Mark on a voyage into the extraordinary realms beyond. More than just a philosophical argument, this talk will forever alter how you understand your own experience. You will be able to recognize the workings of your own mind for what they really are, including every stray thought, pulse of emotion, and shift of attention. There is a secret buried in the brain’s ancient foundations: bring it into the light and we fathom all the depths of our being.

Praise for Mark Solms’ The Hidden Spring: A Journey to the Source of Consciousness:

‘To say this work is encyclopaedic is to diminish its poetic, psychological and theoretical achievement. This is required reading’ Susie Orbach

‘This is truly a remarkable book. It changes everything’ Brian Eno

‘Solms’ vital work has never ignored the lived, felt experience of human beings. His ideas look a lot like the future to me’ Siri Hustvedt

‘Solms and his colleagues are making a brilliant, determined, scrupulous, and (one wants to say) tactful endeavour to approach, in a new way, the oldest question of them all – the mysterious relation of body and mind’ Oliver Sacks

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Mark Solms


Mark Solms has spent his entire career investigating the mysteries of consciousness. Best known for identifying the brain mechanisms of dreaming and for bringing psychoanalytic insights into modern neuroscience, he is director of neuropsychology in the Neuroscience Institute of the University of Cape Town, honorary lecturer at the Royal London Hospital School of Medicine, and an honorary fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists.

David Malone

Award-winning Science Filmmaker

David Malone is a filmmaker and TV presenter whose documentaries include Testing God, Soul Searching (both Channel 4), Dangerous Knowledge and The Secret Life of Waves (both BBC). He is the author of The Debt Generation.