http://www.thersa.org/events/audio-and-past-events/2010/how-intelligence-happens RSA Thursday Human intelligence is among the most powerful forces on earth. It builds sprawling cities, vast cornfields and coffee plantations, complex microchips; it takes us from the atom to the limits of the universe. Understanding how brains build intelligence is among the most fascinating challenges of modern science. How does the biological brain, a collection of billions of cells, enable us to do things no other species can do?
Professor John Duncan FRS, a scientist who has spent thirty years studying the human brain, visits the RSA to elaborate on an adventure story - the story of the hunt for basic principles of human intelligence, behaviour and thought
Using results drawn from classical studies of intelligence testing; from attempts to build computers that think; from studies of how minds change after brain damage; from modern discoveries of brain imaging; and from groundbreaking recent research, Duncan unravels one of the most enigmatic scientific mysteries of all.