Professor Mark Solms delivered a riveting lecture on the role of the brain in establishing consciousness and what is important to us. By focusing on a part of the brain stem, scientists were able to discover that the ability to feel good and bad has a higher priority in the brain, even over the five senses. Consciousness derives from the need to survive and originates from the most basic part of the brain, which also controls emotion and feeling, and the senses are a tool to investigate the world and how it relates to us as individuals.

Here are some pictures from what was a fascinating discussion.

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