Vittorio Gallese: Art, brain and human nature

Art, brain and human nature: what can we know about ourselves?

Discussion with neuroscientist and Einstein Visiting Fellow Vittorio Gallese, novelist and essayist Siri Hustvedt, and philosopher and moderator Gert Scobel. 04 June 2018, 7 pm

What is the mind? This fundamental question remains unanswered in philosophy and science. Is the mind part of the body or is it something separate from it? Are the brain and the mind the same thing? Can the mind be disembodied into an algorithm and then realized in a machine? If the brain is the key to mind and consciousness, how much do we actually know about the brain and what does it have to do with “the self“? Why does art matter? Why do we tell stories? What is the relationship between art and science? Is configuring the mind a feminist issue? And: Why are all these questions urgent at this particular moment in culture?

Nothing less than these fundamental issues will be debated by novelist and essayist Siri Hustvedt, neuroscientist Vittorio Gallese, and philosopher and moderator Gert Scobel. from



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