Tuesday 27 February

‘What is a Feeling?’

Nick Lane – Professor of Evolutionary Biochemistry, University College London (UCL)

1:00pm – 1:45pm 

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Described as one of the most exciting science communicators of our time, multi-award winning scientist and writer Nick Lane is a sought-after broadcaster, and the author of five critically acclaimed books, which have sold more than 150,000 copies worldwide.

Professor of Evolutionary Biochemistry at the Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment at UCL, Nick’s work focuses on the origin of life and the evolution of cells. Professor Lane’s work has won international acclaim – his book The Vital Question was voted book of the year by the Economist, Wall Street Journal, Sunday Times, Independent, Financial Times and New Scientist, and was praised by Bill Gates as ‘an amazing inquiry into the origins of life’.

We’re incredibly fortunate to hear from Professor Lane whose Talk! is entitled ‘What is a Feeling?’

He says:

Love, pain, hunger, fear and excitement are deep emotions that seem to define us as humans. But for all the amazing advances in neuroscience, we still don’t know how the brain gives rise to feelings at all, or whether artificial intelligence will ever become conscious. Anaesthetics give an unexpected clue. They make us unconscious by changing the way electricity works in our cells. Come along to my talk and I’ll tell you about it.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from one of preeminent voices on evolutionary science.

Tickets are free and can be booked here.

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