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This is Your Brain on Morality: Neuroscience and Morality

Part of How To Be Good: Gurus, Gods and Guidance

Discover how science enhances our understanding of whether human beings are innately good.

Is morality hard-wired? Are our brains designed to make moral decisions by default? Or are moral values things that we learn from our families, schooling and religion as we mature? What can neuroscience tell us about how the brain reacts to difficult moral conundrums? How does religious teaching shape our brain chemistry? And does God show up in a brain scan?

Discover how science enhances our understanding of whether human beings are innately good and explore whether we pick up our values along the way.

Featuring Suzanne O'Sullivan, an Irish neurologist working in Britain who is the winner of the 2016 Wellcome Book Prize. She won for her first book, It's All in Your Head: True Stories of Imaginary Illness, published by Chatto & Windus in 2015. She is joined by Dr Kris De Meyer, a computational neuroscientist, currently working at the Department of Neuroimaging at King’s Institute for Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience. They are joined by Dr Daniel Glaser. Following 15 years of neuroscience research, Dr Glaser is the director of Science Gallery London at King's College London.

Chaired by Ike Anya, a consultant in public health medicine, writer and until September, deputy director of public health for Kensington and Chelsea. Ike is now doing a Masters in Creative Non-Fiction at the University of East Anglia and running Nigeria Health Watch, an advocacy platform which he co-founded in 2007. He also teaches at Imperial College and the London School of Hygiene.

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Royal Festival Hall
The Clore Ballroom, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall


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This event is included in the Saturday Pass, and is part of How to Be Good: Gurus, Gods and Guidance.