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‘Brain and Mind: Who is the Puppet and who the Puppeteer?’

Neuroscience & Non-Communicable Diseases Seminar Series

Speaker: Professor George Paxinos, Neuroscience Research Australia and UNSW


If the mind controls the brain, then there is FREE WILL and its corollaries, dignity and responsibility. You are king in your skull-sized kingdom and the architect of your destiny. If, on the other hand, the brain controls the mind, an incendiary conclusion follows: There can be no FREE WILL, no praise, no punishment and no purgatory. There will be a presentation of the speaker’s novel which, inter alia, is concerned with this question: 21 year in the making this is the first presentation of A River Divided (environmental genre)


George Paxinos studied at Berkeley, McGill and Yale and is now Scientia Professor of Medical Sciences at Neuroscience Research Australia and The University of New South Wales in Sydney.

He discovered 94 brain regions and 64 homologies and published 58 books, his first, The Rat Brain in Stereotaxic Coordinates, being the most cited publication in neuroscience and, for three decades, the third most cited book in science.

Activism for the environment. In the 1980s and the 1990s, Paxinos was the principal advocate for the return of trams to Sydney, founding The Light Rail Association. He stood as a candidate for the Australian Cyclists Party in the 2015 New South Wales state elections.


Lindsay Wu

Event Date: 
Friday, 17 September 2021 - 3:00pm
On line via Microsoft Teams meeting
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