27 May, 2020, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Brain Knife – or, a Story of Enlightened Minds

Sean Dyde & Laura Sellers


All Welcome

Starting with the humble brain knife, an instrument used in medical demonstrations, this lecture takes us on a 600-year journey through the history of ideas in order to unsettle a notion that we now take for granted: that in order to understand the human mind we need, at some point, to get serious about understanding the human brain. Surprisingly, that notion was far from the consensus one even into the early years of the 19th century. In revealing the hidden history of how mind and brain came to be packaged up together scientifically, what the competing visions were, and how they eventually got shunted to the margins, this chapter visits religion, philosophy, science, politics (notably the French Revolution) and satire.

Click here to watch Sean Dyde and Laura Sellers explain more…

Then, if that fires your imagination and curiousity, why not join the online discussion group at 4pm Thur 27th May. For details of how to access the discussion group, please click here.

This lecture is the 8th in a series of 20 as part of a free online course offering an introduction to the History of Science by the Centre for History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Leeds.