Tue, 13 April 2021

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm GMT


How Our Brains Make Us Who We Are – and How To Shape Our Best Future

Hannah Critchlow In Conversation with Hannah MacInnes

Neuroscience is challenging everything we think we know about ourselves, revealing how we make decisions and form our own reality. How can we use these insights to shape a better future for ourselves and others?

Did you know that you can carry anxieties and phobias across generations of your family? Or that your genes and pleasure and reward receptors in your brain will determine how much you eat? Or that we can sniff out ideal partners with genes that give our offspring the best chance of survival?

So many of us believe that we are free to shape our own destiny. But what if free will doesn’t exist? What if our lives are largely predetermined, hardwired in our brains – and our choices are not real choices at all?

Leading neuroscientist Hannah Critchlow joins Hannah MacInnes to show us the extraordinary potential, as well as dangers, which come with being able to predict our likely futures – and look at how we can alter what’s in store for us.

Lucid and illuminating, this livestream talk will revolutionise your understanding of who you are – and empower you to help shape a better future for yourself and the wider world.

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Hannah Critchlow

Neuroscientist, University of Cambridge

Dr Hannah Critchlow is the Science Outreach Fellow at Magdalene College, University of Cambridge, and has been named a Top 100 UK Scientist by the Science Council for her work in science communication. Mentioned by Nature magazine as a rising star in the life sciences in 2019, she is listed as one of the University of Cambridge’s ‘inspirational and successful women in science’ and appears regularly on TV, radio and at festivals to discuss and explore the brain.

Hannah MacInnes

Presenter, Podcaster and Host of How To Academy’s live programmes.

Hannah MacInnes is a broadcaster and journalist. Alongside hosting How To Academy’s live programmes and podcast, she presents a cultural show on Times Radio and interviews on-stage at a number of other major literary events. She is the host of The Klosters Forum Podcast series and has written for the Radio Times, the Evening Standard and TLS. Before going freelance she worked for 8 years at BBC Newsnight, as Planning Editor and as a Producer / Filmmaker.