Thursday, April 12, 2007

Rob on TVOntario's THE AGENDA tonight

I will be one of the guests on TVOntario's flagship current-affairs program The Agenda tonight.

The show is hosted by Steve Paikin. The topic is neuroplasticity -- the ability of our brains to do things evolution never designed them for, and to recover from severe damage.

From the producer: "It'll start off with a one-on-one interview with Norman Doidge, a psychiatrist and author of the recently published The Brain That Changes Itself. Following that there is going to be a discussion about the cultural implications of a brain no longer being seen as kind of a machine but a malleable organ. Beyond the help that new techniques can offer to those with brain-related injuries or deficits, the question we want to raise is what are the implications of a culture with even more malleable idea of personality and identity.

"The other participants are Bruce Wexler, a Yale psychiatrist and author of Brain and Culture; Jordan Peterson, professor of psychology at the University of Toronto; Judy Illes, a leading neuro-ethicist from Stanford; and Hugo Award-winning science-fiction writer Robert J. Sawyer, the author of Rollback."

The Agenda airs live tonight -- Thursday, April 12, 2007 -- at 8:00 p.m. throughout Ontario on TVOntario, and will be repeated again at 11:00 p.m. tonight, and then tomorrow (Tuesday) morning at 5:00 a.m. The show last one hour. A video podcast will also be available.

The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site


At April 13, 2007 7:24 AM , Blogger Lou_Sytsma said...

Watched it. Great show! Lots of intriguing possibilities.


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