Brains on Film: Wellcome 19 May

6 May


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

Wellcome Collection
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…




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