FREUD CONFERENCE UPDATE This year (2021) we will be running an Online Conference on Saturday 15th May with the theme: Covid, Contagion and the Organisational Containment of Anxiety. The conference will run from 6-10 pm (1800-2200) Australian Eastern Standard Time in order to accomodate the speakers delivery from the UK at 0900-1300 GMT.
Dr Jo O’Reilly Fear, Loss and Estrangement: the emotional impact of the covid pandemic upon staff working in mental health and how the organisation can help.
Phil Stokoe The impact of Covid on the healthy function of organisations and teams: recognising isolation and its effects.
FREUD CONFERENCE ALERT The 2020 Freud Conference, LOVE in a Hostile Environment, has unfortunately been cancelled because of the pandemic, and the resultant worldwide lockdowns, the closure of all entertainment and travelling arrangements, and large gatherings of people.
In consultation with our two internationally renowned Freud Conference speakers, Phil Stokoe and Mary Morgan, we have now rescheduled our conference, with the same theme, to Saturday 7th May, 2022.
The venue remains as: The Melbourne Brain Centre, Kenneth Myer Building, 30 Royal Parade, Parkville, MELBOURNE.
Our advertising brochures will be revised and sent out to everyone on our mailing list around September/October 2021. At the same time our online registration, together with the brochure, will be available on our website, and emailed to all interested new registrants.
We hope you all remain safe during this very distressing period.
Thank you and best wishes on behalf of the Freud Conference organising committee: Christine Hill (AAGP, PPAA) Roslyn Glickfield (APAS) Maryanna Podreka (AAGP) Gurli Hughes (Administrative Manager) Damien Pierce (Media & Design)
Mark Solms and Toby Walsh and their recent book publications:
Neuropsychoanalysis is the fastest growing area within psychoanalysis and it provides a bridge between psychoanalysis and the neurological sciences. This book provides an accessible introduction to the field through a selection of papers by one of its leading figures. It includes papers on the theoretical and philosophical foundations of neuropsychoanalysis, scientific papers on the brain mechanisms of dreaming and consciousness, the application of neuropsychoanalysis in psychiatry and neurology, and clinical case studies.
There are few other human inventions that are likely to have as large an impact on our lives as machines that can think . . . The steam engine liberated our muscles. The computer is set to liberate our minds.
The development of thinking machines is an adventure as bold and ambitious as any that humans have attempted. And the truth is that Artificial Intelligence is already an indispensable part of our daily lives. Without it, Google wouldn’t find out whatever you need to know. Your smartphone would be . . . just a phone. In countless ways AI has made the world what it is today.
But where will AI technologies take us in the future? We know they will continue to change society, but how? Will AI destroy our jobs? Could it even pose an existential threat? What should we be doing now to prepare for the future?
In this new book, Toby Walsh provides a fascinating survey of Artificial Intelligence for the general reader: where it came from, the state of the art today, and where it will take us tomorrow. His ten predictions of what AI will have achieved by 2050 will surprise you! Walsh discusses how AI will transform our societies, our economies and even ourselves, and what we can do about this.
‘A compelling invitation to imagine the future we want’ —BRIAN CHRISTIAN, author of The Most Human Human
By 2062 we will have built machines as intelligent as us – so the leading artificial intelligence and robotics experts predict. But what will this future look like?
In 2062, world-leading researcher Toby Walsh considers the impact AI will have on work, war, economics, politics, everyday life and even death. Will automation take away most jobs? Will robots become conscious and take over? Will we become immortal machines ourselves, uploading our brains to the cloud? How will politics adjust to the post-truth, post-privacy digitised world? When we have succeeded in building intelligent machines, how will life on this planet unfold?
Based on a deep understanding of technology, 2062 describes the choices we need to make today to ensure that the future remains bright.
‘Clarity and sanity in a world full of fog and uncertainty – a timely book about the race to remain human.’ —RICHARD WATSON, author of Digital Vs. Human and futurist-in-residence at Imperial College, London
Exploring the relationship between Consciousness, Emotions and Artificial Intelligence
8.30 – 18.00 Saturday 25th May
The Melbourne Brain Centre
Kenneth Myer Building
30 Royal Parade, Parkville
a day with Professor Mark Solms
and Professor Toby Walsh
SESSIONS: MARK SOLMS WHAT IS CONCIOUSNESS?
Dr. Solms will review the major changes taking place in our understanding of the brain mechanisms of consciousness. These views revolve mainly around the role of the cortex vs the brainstem and the role of cognition vs emotion. Consciousness was mainly regarded as a cortical function but now there is an increasing realisation that ‘feeling’ plays a central role in all consciousness.
The implications of these issues for psychoanalysis and psychiatry will be considered.
MAKING A MIND
Continuing from the previous session, Dr. Solms will address the question, “Is it now possible to make artificial minds?”
This, then, begs the question, “What Do We Mean By Mind?”.
He will argue that a mind needs more than intelligence. It requires consciousness.
He will discuss his recent work in this area and consider the implications for the question “What Is Consciousness?”.
ARTIFICIAL AND NATURAL MINDS
Artificial Intelligence sets out to build what might be thought of as “artificial” minds
in silicon. How far are we towards this grand scientific challenge?
How might such “minds” differ from our biological minds?
Will they match or even exceed what humans can do?
And how do we program ethics into them?