Mental Engineering
Fom the Pictures of our Imagination to Brain Research
Sun, 30.10.2005, 11 am
Interest in brain research is nothing new, but the subject has never been as popular as it is today. This has a lot to do with imaging methods, such as magnetic resonance tomography and the electroencephalogram, which make it possible to carry out experiments on the living brain that would have been inconceivable in the past. These methods have raised hopes that the brain can be completely decoded, understood and copied. However, there can be no ignoring the suspicion that we form our representative images from our mental images. The mental engineering symposium will examine the question of what functions, connections and networks in the brain can be portrayed by neurological research and what effects these findings have on the concept of an »artificial brain«.  


11:00 Opening Barbara Könches and Peter Weibel ZKM, Karlsruhe 11:15 Tyyne Claudia Pollmann, artist, Berlin 11:45 Andreas Bartels, Director of the Philosophy Department, University of Bonn Kai Vogeley, Clinic and Policlinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Cologne University Clinic 12:50 Break 14:00 Christoph Keller, artist, Berlin 14:40 Christoph von der Malsburg, Head of the Institute for Neuroinformatics, Bochum and the Laboratory for Computational and Biological Vision, University of Southern California, Los Angeles 15:20 Cornelius Borck, Associate Professor, McGill University, Montreal, Canada 16:00 Break 16:15 David Poeppel, neurologist and linguist, University of Maryland, USA 16:55 Sigrid Weigel, Director of the Centre for Literary Research, Berlin 17:30 Discussion with Christoph von der Malsburg, Cornelius Borck, David Poeppel, Peter Weibel, Sigrid Weigel; Moderation: Barbara Könches 19:00 End
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