The science of belief: Colin Blakemore and Tom McLeish in conversation

This event has finished Took place on: Friday, 26th Jan 2018

Supported by the Genesis Foundation. With grateful thanks to John Studzinski CBE.

Humans, through time and across the world, have consistently expressed patterns of believing and belonging through shared narrative and practice.

In this discussion, chaired by award-winning journalist, writer and BBC broadcaster Samira Ahmed, scientists Colin Blakemore and Tom McLeish examine how the cognitive impetus that drove the emergence of science might be considered to be the same impetus that fostered religion and other metaphysical beliefs.

They will discuss how science is itself at the heart of being human, and can be traced back through art, philosophy and ancient stories, including those in religious traditions.

Presented in collaboration with the Royal Society.

Tom McLeish is Professor of Physics at Durham University, Fellow of the Royal Society and Vice-President of Science at the Institute of Physics. In his acclaimed 2014 book Faith and Wisdom in Science, he argued for science to be reassimilated into the interconnected whole of human activity, including our need for religion.

Sir Colin Blakemore FMedSci FRS is Professor of Neuroscience and Philosophy at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, and Emeritus Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Oxford. He was formerly Chief Executive of the British Medical Research Council. His work as a neurobiologist has contributed to our understanding of vision, and how the brain develops and adapts. He was influential in demonstrating ‘neural plasticity’ – how brain cells reorganise themselves in response to the environment after birth and even in adulthood.

Samira Ahmed is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster, and a visiting professor of Journalism at Kingston University with a special focus on culture and its overlap with politics. She presents the weekly programme Newswatch on BBC One and is one of the main presenters of the BBC Radio 4 Arts programme Front Row. Samira was previously a presenter and correspondent at Channel 4 News, where she won the Stonewall Broadcast of the Year award. She writes regularly on culture and politics in newspapers including The Guardian and The Independent, and has a monthly column in The Big Issue.

Cost: £5


Contact and Booking Details

More information at this website.

Reserve tickets at this website

Europe/London The science of belief: Colin Blakemore and Tom McLeish in conversation Scientists Colin Blakemore and Tom McLeish examine how the cognitive impetus that drove the emergence of science might be considered to be the same impetus that fostered religion and other metaphysical beliefs. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2018/01/26/the-science-of-belief-colin-blakemore-and-tom-mcleish-in-conversation-160915 The British Museum,Great Russell Street, London,London,London

See more events on the same day or today, tomorrow or rest of Jan


Location

The British Museum,

Great Russell Street, London,
London,
London,
WC1B 3DG

Google Map of The British Museum

Nearest tube and train stations to The British Museum

Northern
Central
Piccadily
Central

More local events coming soon

Free  
The Chairman and Trustees march around the Piazza, accompanied by the Town Crier, to pay the “peppercorn rents” of five red apples and five posies of flowers for the buildings
12:00 AM
£5  
A panel of experts will explore the cultural backgrounds behind some of our ‘pleasant vices’ – alcohol, sugar, chocolate, caffeine and aphrodisiacs – in relation to the British Museum’s collection and beyond.
12:00 AM
Free  
As part of the RAF's 100th anniversary events, there will be a display of military aircraft on Horseguards Parade.
9:00 AM
Free  
As part of the RAF's 100th anniversary events, there will be a display of military aircraft on Horseguards Parade.
9:00 AM
Free  
As part of the RAF's 100th anniversary events, there will be a display of military aircraft on Horseguards Parade.
9:00 AM
Free  
As part of the RAF's 100th anniversary events, there will be a display of military aircraft on Horseguards Parade.
9:00 AM
Free  
London's lost buildings – from coaching inns and horse markets to riverside mansions and gin palaces – are the focus of a this exhibition.
9:30 AM
Free  
London's lost buildings – from coaching inns and horse markets to riverside mansions and gin palaces – are the focus of a this exhibition.
9:30 AM
Free  
London's lost buildings – from coaching inns and horse markets to riverside mansions and gin palaces – are the focus of a this exhibition.
9:30 AM
Free  
London's lost buildings – from coaching inns and horse markets to riverside mansions and gin palaces – are the focus of a this exhibition.
9:30 AM
Free  
London's lost buildings – from coaching inns and horse markets to riverside mansions and gin palaces – are the focus of a this exhibition.
9:30 AM
£22  
Join the London Fortean Society in London’s dark heart for a day of modern monsters and urban myth including Spring-heeled Jack, Cthulhu, Slender Man, subterranean London folklore, the Crying Boy and more.
10:00 AM
Free  
30th annual competition to celebrate the best in pewter making - one day exhibition of the winning entries.
10:00 AM
Free  
Scotscape give a talk on the importance of living walls and their benefits to employee health and wellbeing.
10:30 AM
Free  
The London Metropolitan Archives team will introduce you to some of the wonderful collections which tell the amazing stories of women and power in the capital
10:30 AM
Free  
A drop-in workshop with culinary, medicinal and wild herbs. Make your own blends to taste during the session.
11:00 AM
£5  
The London Gaming Market is a place to buy retro video-games, board games and merchandise all in one place.
11:00 AM
£5  
The London Gaming Market is a place to buy retro video-games, board games and merchandise all in one place.
11:00 AM
£5  
A monthly opening of the Victorian museum of industrial testing equipment.
11:00 AM
£5  
A monthly opening of the Victorian museum of industrial testing equipment.
11:00 AM
£5  
A monthly opening of the Victorian museum of industrial testing equipment.
11:00 AM
£5  
A monthly opening of the Victorian museum of industrial testing equipment.
11:00 AM
£5  
A monthly opening of the Victorian museum of industrial testing equipment.
11:00 AM
£5  
A monthly opening of the Victorian museum of industrial testing equipment.
11:00 AM
£5  
A monthly opening of the Victorian museum of industrial testing equipment.
11:00 AM
£5  
A monthly opening of the Victorian museum of industrial testing equipment.
11:00 AM
£16.52  
Survey London’s shifting landscape of power and witness a court of law in action on this engaging and provocative take on English constitutional, political and legal history.  ()
11:00 AM
£5  
A monthly opening of the Victorian museum of industrial testing equipment.
11:00 AM
£5  
A monthly opening of the Victorian museum of industrial testing equipment.
11:00 AM
£5  
A monthly opening of the Victorian museum of industrial testing equipment.
11:00 AM