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Your brain: the final frontier?

Enhancing our cognition will be one of the key journeys into the human condition in the 21st century.

Our understanding of the human brain made huge strides at the end of the 20th century and this momentum continues at an increasing pace as these discoveries help us to improve everyone’s mental health. Enhancing our cognition will be one of the key journeys into the human condition in the 21st century. This exploration may take the form of super-diets, brain gymnastics or popping a pill (sugar-free of course!). Much of what we know will come as developments in neuroscience, pharmacology and experimental psychology provide data and information. However, what remains relatively unexplored is how we want to bring cognition enhancers into our lives if, in fact, we do? Who will supply them? Will they need to be regulated? Will we have to take them to hold a job down and keep our family and friends together? Improving brain functions such as our memory, alertness and IQ may be something that we strive for but will it be something that is expected of us?

David Nutt is Professor of Psychopharmacology and Head of the Department of Community Based Medicine at the University of Bristol. He is currently a member of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (and Chair of its Technical Committee), a member of the Committee on Safety of Medicines and is on the Council and is President-Elect of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology.

Nikolas Rose is Professor of Sociology and Convenor of the Department of Sociology at The London School of Economics (LSE) and Director of LSE’s BIOS Research Centre for the study of bioscience, biomedicine, biotechnology and society. His current research concerns the political, social and ethical implications of recent developments in the life sciences.

This event is in association with Foresight.


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Date and Time:

2 November 2005 at 7:00 pm


2 hours



The Royal Institution of Great Britain
21 Albemarle Street
020 7409 2992

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