Copernicus Festival 2017

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  • Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - Sunday, May 28, 2017

Dialogue of Body and Soul

The latest Copernicus Festival, an interdisciplinary event intertwining themes from science and the arts, is dedicated to emotions.

Meetings, discussions, lectures and concerts held between 23 and 28 May reveal a range of relationships between emotions and culture shaped by humankind. We will consider whether there is reason behind the antagonism between the mind and emotions, whether it is possible to have communities of beings devoid of emotion, how emotions affect the way in which we perceive the world, and whether animals experience emotions in the same way as people.

The festival provides an arena for presentations and discussions between acclaimed scientists, philosophers and artists, including the celebrated neurobiologist Antonio Damasio, the developmental psychologist Karen Wynn, the psychologist and populariser of science Paul Bloom, the materials scientist and author of bestselling popular science books Mark Miodownik, and one of Poland’s most important cosmologists Krzysztof Meissner. During the festival we will also find out how technologies affect our emotions, learn about the mechanisms triggering fear responses during the Night of Horror and face up to our own emotions during theatre workshops.

Igor Kuranda, Karnet magazine

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PROGRAMME

23 May 2017
5pm Dom Rzemiosł
Opening: The Art of Emotions – exhibition of brut art works from the collection of Leszek Macak (Monsiel, Nikifor, Wnęk and others)
Curator: Grażyna Borowik
Exhibition available to 28 May

24 May 2017
7pm National Museum in Krakow, Main Building
Lecture: Antonio and Hanna Damasio "The Strange Order of Things: Homeostasis, Feeling, and the Making of Cultures"
8:30pm National Museum in Krakow, Main Building
Debate: Descartes’ Error?
Antonio and Hanna Damasio
Host: Bartosz Brożek

25 May 2017
7pm National Museum in Krakow, Main Building
Lecture: Karen Wynn "The Origins of Moral (and Immoral) Sentiments"
8:30pm National Museum in Krakow, Main Building
Debate: Hume’s Guillotine
Paul Bloom, Karen Wynn
Host: Bartosz Brożek
9pm FORUM Przestrzenie
Emotional DJ set
Bartek "Fisz" Waglewski

26 May 2017
7pm National Museum in Krakow, Main Building
Lecture: Paul Bloom "Against Empathy"

27 May 2017
7pm National Museum in Krakow, Main Building
Lecture: Mark Miodownik "Stuff Matters"

28 May 2017
7pm National Museum in Krakow, Main Building
Lecture: Krzysztof Meissner

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