We take for granted that we can remember, feel emotion, navigate, empathise and understand the world around us, but how would our lives change if these abilities were dramatically enhanced or disappeared overnight?
Award-winning science writer Helen Thomson has spent years travelling the world tracking down rare brain disorders. This evening Thomson will talk us through the rich history of these conditions and tell the stories of the extraordinary people she has encountered; from the man who thinks he’s a tiger, to the doctor who feels the pain of others just by looking at them. Their experiences illustrate how the brain can shape our lives in unexpected and, in some cases, brilliant and alarming ways.
Helen Thomson is a writer and consultant with New Scientist. Her research has taken her from coffee with five psychopathic mass murderers in Broadmoor to poking around in the Large Hadron Collider.