The mystery of the human brain
We are all curious about the human brain and how it works, despite the fact that trying to fathom the workings of our own brains can at times seem impossible. Although we have powerful intuitions about the nature of consciousness, we have not yet reached a precise definition of what we are talking about when we use this term. And this lack of definition is, arguably, the main obstacle to the study of the mind.
Another question that always crops up is whether it is possible to improve the brain – and if that would be desirable. Transhumanism advocates the moral duty of improving the physical and cognitive capacities of the human species. It seeks to apply, in humans, new technologies that would make it possible to eliminate unwanted aspects of the human condition: suffering, illness, ageing...
This course, organized with La Central bookshop, will address these topics from a bioethical perspective, seeking to weigh the risks and benefits of these challenges, and to take decisions both at the individual and social level.
Bernabé Robles, neurologist, Head of Neurology Service, Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu, and member of the Bioethics Committee of Catalonia.
Miquel Àngel Serra, Ph.D. in Biology from UAB, currently works at the European Commission Joint Research Centre.
Monday, 7 pm to 8:30 pm
25 January. Mind and brain. Can we define consciousness? Bernabé Robles
1 February. Challenges of neurology for the 21st century. Bernabé Robles
8 February. Transhumanism: transforming humans towards the post-human? Miquel Àngel Serra
15 February. Human improvement: the scientific and bioethical panorama of emerging technologies. Miquel Àngel Serra
Vídeos of public health and COVID webinars
09 December 2020
Videos of the webinars held November 30 and December 2 and 3, now available.
Ethics and Science Awards Ceremony
The winners of the Ethics and Science Awards for educational establishments will be announced at the awards ceremony at 4:30pm on 16 February. Due to the exceptional nature of the current situation, this will be a virtual event, hosted on Zoom.
The winning projects will be revealed at the awards ceremony. We invite schools, teachers, students and anyone else who is interested to follow the event live in order to hear about the winning projects.
16 February, 4:30 pm
Registration opens shortly