Gifford Lectures - Michael Gazzaniga

The second session of the Gifford Lectures 2009 will be presented by Professor Michael Gazzaniga.

Professor Michael Gazzaniga

Professor Gazzaniga will give a series of six public lectures on the theme “Free: The Science of Mind Constraining Matter".

The lectures will be held in the Playfair Library Hall, Old College, starting Monday 12 October.

Michael Gazzaniga is a Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he heads the SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind.

He oversees an extensive and broad research programme investigating how the brain enables the mind.

Lecture videos

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The Gifford Lectures

The Gifford Lectures are held at each of the four ancient Scottish universities.

They were established under the will of Adam Lord Gifford, a Senator of the College of Justice, who died in 1887.

The lectures have enabled a notable field of scholars to contribute to the advancement of philosophical and theological thought.

Past Gifford Lecture speakers at the University include Albert Schweitzer, Iris Murdoch, Michael Ignatieff and Noam Chomsky.


Full details of the Gifford Lectures are available on the College of Humanities and Social Science website.

Gifford Lectures


All lectures will be held in The Playfair Library Hall, Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH8 9YL.

Event details

Introduction and Overview: What We Are

Monday 12 October 2009, 4.30pm

Monday 12 October 2009, 5.30pm

The Distributed Networks of Mind

Tuesday 13 October 2009, 4.30pm

Tuesday 13 October 2009, 5.30pm

The Interpreter

Thursday 15 October 2009, 4.30pm

Thursday 15 October 2009, 5.30pm

Free Yet Determined and Constrained

Monday 19 October 2009, 4.30pm

Monday 19 October 2009, 5.30pm

The Social Brain

Tuesday 20 October 2009, 4.30pm

Tuesday 20 October 2009, 5.30pm

We Are the Law

Thursday 22 October 2009, 4.30pm

Thursday 22 October 2009, 5.30pm

Contact details

For more information on this event, including any accessibility enquiries, please contact Lynn Hyams.

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