Dr. Oliver Sacks

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The Mysteries of the Human Brain
March 9, 2006

In recent decades, the traditional idea of a self, a mind, or a soul has been challenged by developments in neuroscience. According to neuroscience proponents, the mind is nothing more than the activity of the brain understood in terms of its information-processing activities. But what does it mean to equate moods, emotions, thoughts, and convictions with the mechanical activity of neurons in specific regions of the brain? What does such an equation have to say about the latitude for and definition of human self-determination, creativity, and freedom? Is there a significant difference between the female and male brain? What is the relationship between the psychical and the physical? Join us in exploring these questions further by participating in our day-long symposium on creativity and the brain.