The science behind the fiction
17th August 2010
Research Institute sponsors unique film experience.
A unique film experience designed to help explain the science behind the fiction is sponsored by the Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute.
The event, which takes place at Cardiff’s Chapter Arts Centre, (Friday 27th August) is part of a series of film screenings organised by Cardiff’s sciSCREEN designed to put film goers alongside University experts.
sciScreen is a joint collaboration between the University’s MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric and Genomics (CNGG), ESRC Centre for Social and Economic Aspects of Genomics (Cesagen) and the Wales Gene Park.
“sciSCREEN is an attempt to bring the world of science fiction in films into the real world. By bringing together film goers with Cardiff University experts we hope to gain a wider understanding of the science behind the story”, according to Dr Jamie Lewis from Cardiff University’s MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics, who is one of the organisers of the events.
The event involves the screening of Christopher Nolan’s film, Inception, starring Leonardo di Caprio. Inception centres on the life of a corporate spy who enters the mind of his victims to steal information, and his audacious attempt to plant an idea in the mind.
After the film, viewers will get the chance to be part of a panel discussion with an expert panel including a psychologist, a philosopher, a sociologist and an academic from Cardiff Business School.
The panel consists of Professor Ken Peattie from Cardiff University’s Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society (BRASS), Professor Alessandra Tanesini from the University’s School of English, Communication and Philosophy and Dr Robin Smith from the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD) and Professor Mark Blagrove, Swansea University.
The discussion will use the film to explore the psychology of lucid dreaming, business ethics and intellectual property, representations of urban environments, and the ownership of mental states.
Cardiff sciSCREEN takes places on Friday August 27th at 5.45pm. Advance tickets are available by contacting the Chapter Arts Centre on +44 (0)29 2030 4400.