At 5.30pm this coming Saturday 19 May I’ll be joining Fernando Vidal of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science to discuss Braaaaiiiins onnnnn Filllllllmmmmm, following a free screening of the pulsating-killer-brain-in-a-fishtank classic, Donovan’s Brain (1953) at the Wellcome Collection.
Amongst other things we’ll be discussing mind control technologies, transplant memories, telepathy, head-swapping, the seat of the soul and whether a brain in a jar can really smoke $2 cigars.
Earlier that afternoon the good folk at the Wellcome are showing Joel Berlinger’s Gray Matter, a powerful documentary about the brains of children operated upon by Nazi eugenicists.
15.00: Gray Matter (2004) with discussion with Marius Kwint
17.30: Donovan’s Brain (1953) with Fernando Vidal and Mark Pilkington
183 Euston Road
London NW1 2BE
Both events are free though tickets can only be picked up on the door on a first-come first-served basis. More info here.
Meanwhile, here’s another brain in a jar that you might enjoy…