Hypnosis, psychosis and the consciousness conundrum

May 2, 2018 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Smokin Billy's
61 St Mary's Butts
Reading RG1

Dr Peter Naish presents hypnosis, psychosis and the consciousness conundrum

Consciousness is a puzzle! Our brains achieve so much outside conscious awareness that it is not obvious what additional benefits it confers. Even harder to answer is how connecting together a large number of relatively simple electro-chemical brain cells is able to deliver a sense of consciousness to their owner. There is a tradition of deducing how things work by examining the errors produced when they don’t. Hypnosis and psychoses (such as schizophrenia) can both make consciousness ‘go wrong’; what can we learn from those?

Peter Naish has degrees in the Physical Sciences and also in Psychology. The latter was obtained at Reading University, following which he obtained his doctorate in the Oxford Department of Experimental Psychology. Since then he continued his research in academia and the Ministry of Defence. An enthusiastic advocate of public engagement with science, Peter has a busy public speaking schedule; he is also frequently involved as an expert witness in court cases.

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