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Reith 2003
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The subject of this year's lecture series is
The Emerging Mind.
Vilayanur S. Ramachandran Lecturer: Vilayanur S. Ramachandran

This year's Reith lecturer is the noted neuroscientist Vilayanur S. Ramachandran, Director of the Centre for Brain and Cognition at the University of California (San Diego).
The Emerging Mind Lectures: The Emerging Mind

You can hear the lectures again or download transcripts.
A book of the lectures is available, published by Profile Books.

Games and puzzles Mind Games

Try out a selection of games and illusions which demonstrate some of the ideas discussed in this year's lectures.
Open University site Mind Studies

Discover more about the emotions, consciousness and how neuroscientists unlock the secrets of the brain.
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The Lectures

Lecture 1:
  • Phantoms in the Brain
    Lecture 2:
  • Synapses and the Self
    Lecture 3:
  • The Artful Brain
    Lecture 4:
  • Purple Numbers and Sharp Cheese
    Lecture 5:
  • Neuroscience - the New Philosophy

  • Glossary

    A collection of useful definitions, diagrams and dissections.

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