Episode 5 of the Miracle Podcast with hosts Tabitha Thorlu-Bangura and Lucia Pietroiusti. This week featuring Kris de Meyer, John-Dylan Haynes and Aarathi Prasad in conversation with Daniel Glaser on the subject of scientific miracles.
Recorded live at the Serpentine Galleries’ Miracle Marathon, 2016.
The Marathon is Serpentine Galleries’ annual festival of ideas that brings together practitioners from the fields of activism, art, anthropology, architecture, literature, music, philosophy, theology and science. In 2016, the Miracle Marathon took place over two days and in two locations across London, Day 1 at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery and Day 2 at Second Home. The 2016 Marathon focused on ritual, repetition and magical thinking to consider ways in which the imaginary can not only predict, but also play a part in affecting long-term futures. The initial concept for the Miracle Marathon was developed together with artist Sophia Al-Maria.
Dr Daniel Glaser is a neuroscientist who has worked for many years promoting public engagement with science. He is the first pure scientist to be a Man Booker judge. He is Director of Science Gallery London at King’s College London, a new space where art and science collide to be constructed opposite the Shard. Previously he was Head of Engaging Science at Wellcome Trust, commissioning and funding public engagement and arts projects. In 2002 he was appointed ‘Scientist in Residence’ at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) and in 2005 received a Cultural Leadership Award from the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA). He has presented and contributed to numerous BBC television and radio programmes.
Kris De Meyer is a neuroscientist and visiting research fellow at King’s College London. His interest lies in using neuroscience to make sense of what goes on in society. He co-produced Right Between Your Ears, a documentary about how we can come to believe we’re right, even when we’re wrong. Kris teaches workshops on belief and collaborates with scientists and artists to make public debates about controversial issues (such as climate change) more constructive. His next project is a book about how we judge other people.
The research of Prof. John-Dylan Haynes focuses on the brain mechanisms underlying human cognitive processes. His special interests are technical and ethical foundations of mental state decoding, as well as the neuroscience of consciousness, intentions and free will. In 2005 he started his own research group at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig. In 2006 he became Professor at the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience at Charité Berlin. Since 2009 he is Director of the Berlin Center for Advanced Neuroimaging (BCAN). Besides over 100 scientific publications, his research has been covered in many media reports (including CNN, CBS, BBC, Guardian, NZZ, Spiegel and Die Zeit).
Aarathi Prasad was born in London to an Indian mother and a Trinidadian father and was educated in the West Indies and the UK. After a PhD in genetics, she worked in research, science policy and communication, presenting documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4, National Geographic and the Discovery Channel. She is the author of Like A Virgin: How Science is Redesigning the Rules of Sex, and In the Bonesetter’s Waiting Room: Travels through Indian Medicine. She works at University College London.