Freud’s 4 pm Session: ‘The hard problem of consciousness’

A talk by Professor Mark Solms. Talks are free with admission ticket.

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20 June, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


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‘The hard problem of consciousness’

Mark Solms will address the ‘hard problem’ of consciousness, taking the view that we have made so little progress with this problem because we have been focusing on the wrong sort of consciousness (perception and cognition) and the wrong part of the brain (the cortex). He will argue that the problem becomes less hard when considered in relation to affect and the brainstem. He will also discuss the relevance of two Freudian ideas to the solution of the problem.


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Mark Solms is a psychoanalyst and neuropsychologist. He is Professor in Neuropsychology at the University of Cape Town (South Africa), Honorary Lecturer in Neurosurgery at the St Bartholomew’s and Royal London School of Medicine, Director of the Arnold Pfeffer Center for Neuropsychoanalysis at the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, and Chair of the Research Committee of the International Psychoanalytical Association. He is President of the South African Psychoanalytical Association, Associate Member of the British Psychoanalytical Society, Honorary Member of the New York Psychoanalytic Society, and Member of the South African Clinical Neuropsychology Association and of the British Neuropsychological Society. He is a Member of the Academy of Science of South Africa, and Honorary Fellow of the American College of Psychoanalysts and of the American College of Psychiatrists. He has won many prestigious awards, including the Sigourney Award. He has authored a multitude of chapters, articles and books including The Neuropsychology of Dreams (1997), and was founding editor of the journal Neuropsychoanalysis.


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The Hidden Spring – Mark Solms is available to purchase from the Freud Museum Shop.

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The Feeling Brain: Selected Papers on Neuropsychoanalysis – Mark Solms is available to purchase from the Freud Museum Shop.

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The event will be held on the first floor of the Museum during regular opening hours. Unfortunately the Freud Museum does not have step-free access at this time.


20 June
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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