How Your Brain Really Works – The Leading Theories | How To Academy

Wed, 17 July 2024

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm BST

How Your Brain Really Works – The Leading Theories

Dr Patrick House in conversation with Robin Ince

Despite decades of research from the smartest brains on the planet, we still don’t understand the nature of consciousness. Neuroscientist Patrick House guides us through the brightest ideas.

Are our brains like pinball machines, or do they function like small towns? Is AI the closest metaphor we have for consciousness? Can imagining the mind of a cat with thousands of toes help us crack it?

Join Stanford neuroscientist Patrick House for an introduction to the best of our current paradigms for making sense of consciousness. In this livestream conversation with Robin Ince, he will weave brain science, technology, gaming, analogy, and philosophy into a tapestry that illuminates how the brain works and what scientists currently believe enable consciousness to reveal the strangeness of the relationship between our inner selves and our environment.

Praise for Patrick House’s Nineteen Ways of Looking at Consciousness :

‘In addition to being an intellectual pleasure, this is an aesthetic one as well – House writes like a dream, with great drollness and elegance of phrase. This book is a gem.’  – Robert Sapolsky

‘A highly unusual but brilliant book … with a distinct voice that is fiercely unique.’ – Christof Koch, President and Chief Scientist, Allen Institute for Brain Science

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Dr. Patrick House

Stanford Neuroscientist and Writer

Dr. Patrick House is a neuroscientist and writer, with a Ph.D. from Stanford University. There he researched Toxoplasma gondii, the single-celled feline parasite which gets into rodent brains and messes around with their fear of cats. His debut book, Nineteen Ways of Looking at Consciousness, focuses on whether the brain telling itself stories is just a different kind of mind control. He regularly writes on A.I., science, and technology for The New Yorker and the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Robin Ince

Comedian and co-host of The Infinite Monkey Cage.

Robin Ince is the co-presenter of Radio 4’s multiple award winning The Infinite Monkey Cage. He spent 2019 appearing across the world in the Universal tour with Brian Cox – travelling from LA to Oslo, Wellington to Aberdeen and ending up in Reykjavik after shows at the O2 and Wembley Arena. Robin co-wrote How to Build a Universe (part 1) with Brian Cox and authored other works including The Importance of Being Interested – Adventures in Scientific Curiosity, and his most recent book, Bibliomaniac: An Obsessive’s Tour of the Bookshops of Britain.