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Instant Expert: Consciousness

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New Scientist presents...

Instant Expert: Consciousness

Consciousness is an enigma. What is this strange mental world that seems so essential to being human? Over the past two decades, neuroscience has started to yield answers.

Come to our one-day masterclass and let six leading experts guide you through one of today's most exciting fields of science.

**Early-bird tickets only available until 26 June**


Speakers:

- Olivia Carter – associate professor, Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne

- Jakob Hohwy – professor, Department of Philosophy, Monash University

- Andrew Barron associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University

- Neil Levy professor of philosophy at Macquarie University, senior research fellow at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford

- Jason Mattingley – Foundation Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Queensland

- Joel Pearson – associate professor, director of Science of Innovation Lab, School of Psychology, University of New South Wales


Overview:

The conscious mind brings together sensations, perceptions, thoughts and memories to generate the seamless movie of a person's life. It makes everyone aware of the world around them and of their own self. How all this emerges from a kilogram of nerve cells is one of the greatest unanswered questions in science.

In the past two decades the flourishing of neuroscience has revealed intriguing clues about its nature. Answers are coming thick and fast from a range of directions. Electrical signals from nerve cells, brain scans and a raft of psychological tests have given us fresh insights. So too have experiments with coma patients and people who have strange disorders of consciousness, such as "blindsight", in which people respond to visual stimuli that they cannot consciously see.

Behavioural science has given us a window onto the mental world of other animals too, helping us to understand what is so special about the human mind. And attempts to create conscious machines gives us new ways to test theories about the roots and mechanisms of this familiar but mysterious phenomenon.

Join our speakers on a journey through your conscious mind and prepare to have it expanded.


Topics covered will include:

  • What is consciousness?
  • The enigma of free will
  • What can we learn when consciousness goes awry?
  • Imagination and consciousness
  • What animal consciousness tells us about being human
  • And much more


Who should attend?

Anyone interested in the secrets of the brain, whatever your age or background. Whether you're a scientist, a student or simply a fascinated human being, Instant Expert: Consciousness offers the chance to learn directly from the experts at our one-day masterclass.


What's included in your ticket:

  • In-depth and engaging talks from six leading brain experts
  • Ask-an-expert Question Time session
  • Your chance to meet our six speakers
  • Buffet lunch, plus morning and afternoon refreshments
  • Exclusive Instant Expert: Consciousness certificate
  • Exclusive New Scientist magazine subscription deal available on the day


Booking information:

  • This event will be held in Colombo Theatre A in the Colombo Building (see B16 on this Kensington campus map), by gate number 4, entering the campus from High Street.
  • Doors to Colombo Theatre A will open at 9:15am, with talks commencing at 10am sharp. The event will finish at 5pm.
  • We require the name of each person attending please ensure this is provided at the time of booking. Please notify us as soon as possible if you need to change an attendee name.
  • Eventbrite will email you your ticket(s) immediately after purchase please remember to bring this on the day as you will need to show your ticket to gain entry. We can scan tickets from a print out, or off the screen of a phone / tablet / smartwatch.
  • The ticket price includes a buffet lunch, as well as morning and afternoon refreshments.
  • The schedule / exact running order for the day will be confirmed closer to the event, and will be emailed to all ticket holders.
  • Should you require details about disabled access, please contact us at: live@newscientist.com
  • All tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable to any other New Scientist event.
  • New Scientist reserves the right to alter the event and its line-up, or cancel the event. In the unlikely event of cancellation, all tickets will be fully refunded. Neither New Scientist nor its parent company will be liable for any additional expenses incurred by ticket holders in relation to the event.
  • Tickets are subject to availability and are only available in advance through Eventbrite.
  • A limited number of Student tickets are available priced at $149, available on a first come first served basis. No other concessionary tickets are available for this event.
  • Early bird discounted tickets are available until 23:59 AEDT on 26 June 2017 and are priced at $199 (saving $100 on the full standard ticket price of $299).


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