Homo Sapiens or Homo AI

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

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.

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 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?



Phil Stokoe: Publications, Videos and Podcasts

Book Review of The Unconscious At Work. (Routledge) Ed. Anton Obholtzer and Vega Zagier Roberts, in British Psychoanalytical Society Bulletin 1995

Book Review of Who Cares? True Stories of the NHS Reforms. By Dr. Peter Bruggen. London, Jon Carpenter Publishing; 1997; Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy

Review of Conference: The Jung-Freud Study Day; Can we have Creative Intercourse? Jungian and Freudian Perspectives on the Oedipus Myth and Beyond – A Clinical Discussion for the Bulletins of the British Psychoanalytical Society and the Society of Analytical Psychology.

Book Review of The Clinical Thinking of Wilfred Bion. By Joan and Neville Symington. London and New York; Routledge; 1996; pp 198. for Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy.

Stokoe, P (2000): Holding the Boundaries, Chapter 4 in S. Brookes & P. Hodson (Eds), The Invisible Matrix, Rebus Press.

Stokoe, P (2003): Group Thinking, Chapter 6 in K. Kasinski, J. Pooley, A. Ward, & A. Worthington (Eds), Therapeutic Communities for Children & Young People,.

Stokoe, P (2010): The Theory and Practice of the Group Relations Conference, Chapter 9 in The Groups Book, Psychoanalytic Group Therapy: Principles and Practice, C. Garland (Ed), Karnac Books.

Stokoe, P (2011): The Healthy and the Unhealthy Organisation: how can we help teams to remain effective? Chapter 13 in A. Rubitel & D. Reiss (Ed), Containment in the Community: Frameworks for Thinking about Antisocial Behaviour and Mental Health, Karnac Books.

Stokoe, P (2013): James Fisher (1937-2012) An Appreciation. In: Couple and Family Psychoanalysis Vol 3 No. 1, pp 120-127.

Stokoe, P (2013): Review of Richard III at Tobacco Factory, Bristol. In: Couple and Family Psychoanalysis Vol 3 No. 2, pp 263-266.

Morgan, M & Stokoe, P (2014): Curiosity. In: Couple and Family Psychoanalysis 4(1) 42–55

Stokoe, P (2015): Ethics and Complaints Procedures for Psychoanalytic Organisations: Some Thoughts About Principles. In: Couple & Family Psychoanalysis 5(2) 188–204

Videos and Podcasts
Surviving Work Conversation about the Healthy Organisation Model with Elizabeth Cotton and Angela Eden (Oct 2015)

The Impact of Power on the Mind of the Politician for Resonance FM (Dec 2015):

The Fundamentalist State of Mind for Resonance FM (Jan 2016):

BPAS video of the Impact of Power on the Mind of the Politician (Feb 2017):

Where have all the Adults gone? (Nov 2017):

Freud Conference 2017

8.30 – 18.00 Saturday 20th May
The Melbourne Brain Centre
Kenneth Myer Building
30 Royal Parade, Parkville

cut-off date: Wednesday March 22, 2017

a day with

The Black Mirror: Body, Technology, Sexuality

• The Unconscious Allure of Internet Sex
• Paedophilia, or paedophilic breakdown?
The impetus to seek illegal images online

12.30 – 4pm, Sunday 21st May, 2017

The Committee would be delighted if you, and your partners, join us to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Melbourne Freud Conference.

Venue: The Boulevard Restaurant
121 Studley Park Rd, Kew 3101
Free parking available on grounds
Cost: $90.00 per person, including drinks on arrival.

Enquiries to Gurli Hughes
g.hughes@ iinet.net.au

If intending to come we would appreciate notification to Gurli, with payment, by EarlyBird cutoff point, 22nd March. Definite numbers are required by the Restaurant well in advance of the anniversary lunch.

Let Them Drown… Naomi Klein

 Let Them Drown – The Violence of Othering in a Warming World 
by Naomi Klein

Edward Said was no tree-hugger. Descended from traders, artisans and professionals, he once described himself as ‘an extreme case of an urban Palestinian whose relationship to the land is basically metaphorical’. In After the Last Sky, his meditation on the photographs of Jean Mohr, he explored the most intimate aspects of Palestinian lives, from hospitality to sports to home décor. The tiniest detail – the placing of a picture frame, the defiant posture of a child – provoked a torrent of insight from Said. Yet when confronted with images of Palestinian farmers – tending their flocks, working the fields – the specificity suddenly evaporated. Which crops were being cultivated? What was the state of the soil? The availability of water? Nothing was forthcoming. ‘I continue to perceive a population of poor, suffering, occasionally colourful peasants, unchanging and collective,’ Said confessed. This perception was ‘mythic’, he acknowledged – yet it remained.

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