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The Two-brain Conflict, the Emotions and Facts Clash – Lecture
November 7 @ 19:00 - 22:00Free
The Two-brain Conflict, the Emotions and Facts Clash
A series of talks on Arts and Neuroscience
Métèque invites you to the first conference of a series of talks on Arts and Neuroscience.
Wed – November 7th – 7-10PM
Registration for the free event at Eventbrite:
Dr. Cristian A. Zaelzer Ph.D.
Founder & President Convergence Initiative
“Knowledge is power,” and as such is the key to change the course of a life and the curse of history. In 1932, author Aldous Huxley described a world where people were controlled by addiction and pleasure distractions. Seventeen years later, George Orwell, imagined a world where people were controlled by torture and censorship. In both novels, higher powers controlled their citizens by preventing them from getting knowledge.
Today, we live with unprecedented access to information. The amount is such that sometimes it is easy to get lost in a sea of it. The weapon of choice to control today seems to be our incapacity to distinguish valuable information from irrelevant one, making harder for the public to make an educated and informed decision. What seems even more interesting is that while factual information is gathered every day by experts around the world, many choose to believe in ideas that do not sustain against serious examination.
What makes us deny facts? And how our brain physiology may play a key role in getting us distracted? In this talk, Dr Cristian Zaelzer PhD, Founder and President of the Convergence Initiative will review what we know today about physiology, behaviour, and activity of the human brain that could help us to answer those questions. Cristian will show that a balance between logic and emotive centres may set the mood for learning, dictating the relevance of the information presented. He will also explain why the use of emotive-driving tools may hold the key to access those centres making them crucial new tools to use in this era of post-truth.
Convergence―Perceptions of Neuroscience is an independent initiative that aims to inspire collaborative work between neuroscience and fine arts students. Our mission is to foster interdisciplinary thought, pushing the boundaries of what is considered science and art, and making neuroscience research accessible to a general audience. Our approach is based on the “two-way engagement” framework that promotes transversal knowledge sharing without emphasizing one side over the other. The specific objectives for fine arts students are to learn collaborative work across different fields, integrating scientific method and promoting critical thinking within their own practice. The specific objectives for neuroscience students are to encourage collaborative work outside the scientific setting and enable effective communication of scientific ideas through innovative artistic tools that incorporate current knowledge in neuroscience and psychology basis for learning. Convergence, Perceptions of Neuroscience is developed in partnership with the Brain Repair and Integrative Neuroscience (BRaIN) Program of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) and Concordia University Faculty of Fine Arts. It is supported by the Canadian Association for Neuroscience, Visual Voice Gallery, McGill University Integrated Program in Neuroscience, and the Montreal General Hospital Foundation.