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|| THE DIVERSITY OF THE MIND
The mind, namely the human mind, is a field that is still largely unexplored. Our brain, together with genomics, is the most complex element of our organism and that is why particular attention is dedicated to it from both a biological and a psychological standpoint, to understand the mechanisms of language, movement, ideas, study and comprehension of the world around us. This theme area provides us with the opportunity to undertake a journey inside the labyrinth of the human mind to explore its potential and its extraordinary results, as well as its physical limits and natural diversities which make us unique and fascinating living beings.
Terrifyingly scientific – S – Exhibition
A chills-packed trip with science as your friend
Offered by: CNR-PSC, Associazione Amigdala, in collaboration with the Università di Pisa
You enter a dark room alone and hear an eerie noise… Who hasn’t felt a chill in a similar situation? The knees tremble, the throat dries, a cold sweat breaks out, the heart starts beating quicker and quicker and your nerves are on edge: it’s fear.
The exhibit tells us about the physiology of fear through games and special effects, surroundings and direct experiences. A trip through the secrets of science and common sense to experiment, understand and overcome your fear. And now, who’s afraid...of science?
Museum of the Sceptic – S – Exhibition
Science uncovers the secrets of the paranormal
Objects that are moved by the force of the mind, spoons that bend, crazy compasses, telepathy...Many people believe in the paranormal, but all of these phenomena, however inexplicable, are actually nothing out of this world. In the Museum of the Sceptic you can check for yourself how easy it is to uncover tricks hidden behind these phenomena. With the help of the hosts you can try the classic experiments of Psychokinetics such as making a stopped watch restart or even moving an object.
Thanks to the support and collaboration from experts in the sector, you can study the most debated issues such as spirits, premonitions, Filipino healers, psychics and so on. At the end of the visit, even if you do not become sceptical, you will certainly look at the paranormal with a little doubt in your mind.
The other gaze – Workshop
Communicating, not only with words
Offered by: Mai Soli Onlus
Looks, words, gestures. A moment of reflection on the other gaze, autism’s. A workshop that includes group work to understand the importance of the channels of communication we use daily and how they are used differently by autistic people. The workshop will enable you to experience the chaos of sensors, to understand the importance of the gaze as a channel of communication, and also enable you to understand the importance of meaning behind gestures and expressions and what it means to need order in a world without order. All this with one goal: to help visitors understand how people with autism feel and perceive their surroundings.
Magisterial lesson and international dialogues
Seven magisterial lessons which will tell the story of the same number of aspects of our minds and brains. The biologist Catherine Vidal will investigate the differences, real or presumed, between the male and female brain, a theme which will also be faced by Elvira Reale from the point of view of the discomforts tied to depression. Dan Ariel will speak about predictably irrational behaviour, while the psychologist Nicholas Humphrey will explain why human zombies cannot exist. The neuroplasticity of the brain will instead be faced by Jean Didier Vincent and by Norman Doidge, while Douglas Fields will pay attention to non neuronal cerebral cells. The neuroscientist David Dobbs will instead speak about an unusual subject when he asks himself why the hypocampus behaves like an index o rather like a map of our memories. Finally, there will be two conferences on diversity and on “different abilities”, beginning with Alda Merini’s eye-witness account.