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Research Café 2, 2012 – Overview

We hosted our second Research Café on Tuesday 28th February, 2012 at the Institute of Directors on Pall Mall, London.

Speaking was Dr Roland Zahn, Medical Research Council Clinician Scientist Fellow and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at the University of Manchester and Professor Guy Claxton from the Centre for Real World Learning at the University of Winchester.

Dr Zahn spoke on “Variation in the neural architecture of moral motivation and knowledge – clues to the understanding of their disorders” including two case studies, “the singing lady” and “the patting lady”. Both of these cases suggested a neurological basis for an apparent decoupling of social knowledge and moral motivation.

Professor Claxton distinguished between old and new views of intelligence. The new view suggests that intelligence involves a number of interlocking and mutually-correcting modes. Malfunctions in individual modes may be mitigated by the others.

Four round table Café discussions followed, considering different aspects of the issues raised and generating potential questions for further research.

The Research Café appears to have been valued by all participants. Even those who are already very concerned about hubris are surprised that others share their concerns. The biological data is fresh and is upending people’s understandings of hubris.

View the full overview here: Overview Research Cafe 2


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