Posted on 3 November 2003
Baroness Greenfield will be giving the J B & W B Morrell Memorial Address on toleration when she asks: 'Will future generations be more or less tolerant of individual weakness?'
Baroness Greenfield is Fullerian Professor of Physiology at the University of Oxford and a world expert on neuroscience. Her research addresses the questions of how the brain's components produce thoughts and emotions. She has written several best-selling books including 'The Private Life of the Brain,' written extensively for the press, and frequently appears on radio and TV.
Her most recent book is 'Tomorrow's People: How 21st-century Technology Is Changing the Way We Think and Feel'. In it she explores how the 'human nature' of future generations could be on course for a dramatic alteration, because the current revolution in biomedical science and information technologies will have a huge impact on our brains and central nervous system. She believes that the society in which future generations will live and the way they view themselves will be like nothing our species has yet experienced in the tens of thousands of years to date.
In 1998 she received the Michael Faraday medal from the Royal Society for her contribution to the public understanding of science and became a life peer in 2001.
The lecture is part of the Morrell Studies in Toleration programme which is based in the Politics Department at the University of York and aims to 'increase the philosophical and historical understanding and appreciation of toleration as an idea and as a practice'.
The lecture series has attracted a long list of illustrious speakers over the years including leading philosophers such as Friedrich Hayek and A J Ayer, former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr George Carey, Rabbi Julia Neuberger, and former Prime Minister Edward Heath.
Dr Matravers of the Morrell Programme said: "We're delighted that Baroness Greenfield is coming to speak. She's a leading scientist and an enthusiast to make her work understandable to the public. This will be a fascinating lecture."
The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is in the Physics Lecture Theatre P/XOO1 at 8pm.