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What's on Your Mind? The Science and Cinema of the Brain

How much do we really know about what goes on in there? Films suppose many things about our minds, our motivations and emotions, our dreams and memories, and certainly our ability to modify all of the above. But what is the science of the mind? What are memories and where they’re kept? What is the stuff that dreams are made of? Do we understand the proverbial ‘thin line’ between madness and genius? What can neurobiology tell us about consciousness and being human? At a time when science has made great strides in understanding genetics and biochemistry, how realistic is the notion of engineering our happiness, modifying our behavior, changing who we are? This discussion, supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, assembles the great minds of science and art to bring you some answers.

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John Underkoffler
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Antonio Damasio
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Kay Jamison
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Martha Farah
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Lynn Hershman Leeson
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