Thu, 30 June 2022

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm BST

How to Understand Ourselves and Other Beings, From Animals to AI

Philip Ball In Conversation With David Malone

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Understanding the human mind has challenged scientists and philosophers for centuries. How do we even begin to think about ‘minds’ that are not human?

In order to understand our own minds and imagine those of others, we need to move on from considering the human mind as a standard against which all others should be measured.

In this livestream event, Philip Ball joins us to explore the rich diversity of thinking minds – from human to other mammals, insects, computers and plants. He will illuminate how many different ways there are to think and engage with the world.

Science has begun to have something to say about the properties of mind. And the more we learn about the minds of other creatures, from octopuses to chimpanzees, to imagine the potential minds of computers and alien intelligences, the more we can begin to see our own.

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Philip Ball

Writer and Broadcaster

Philip Ball is a freelance writer and broadcaster, and was an editor at Nature for more than twenty years. He writes regularly in the scientific and popular media and has written many books on the interactions of the sciences, the arts, and wider culture, including H2O: A Biography of Water, Bright Earth: The Invention of Colour, The Music Instinct, and Curiosity: How Science Became Interested in Everything. His book Critical Mass won the 2005 Aventis Prize for Science Books.

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.