The Machine in the Ghost: Neurophilosophy on Film
English neuropsychologist Dr Paul Broks calls upon cult films to excavate the philosophy of neuroscience through film, exploring notions of personal identity and consciousness. With readings from his book Into the Silent Land: Travels in Neuropsychology (Atlantic Books) and touching upon his recent film Martino Unstrung, a search for the soul of legendary jazz guitarist Pat Martino who was brutally silenced by memory- stripping brain surgery, Broks offers insights into the nature of memory and selfhood which are by turns unsettling and inspirational.The event will close with a first glimpse of Hugh Hudson’s (Chariots of Fire) new film, a personal document of his wife Maryam d'Abo’s survival of a brain haemorrhage.
Dr Broks is Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Plymouth and Honorary Consultant in Neuropsychology. Into the Silent Land was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award.
22 June, 20:15 at Teviot Row House - Debating Hall
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