A discussion of how a scientist and an artist build a collaboration that explores and develops the subjective experience of thinking… and why we spend so much of our time engaged in mental time travel, in transit between our memories of what once was and our anticipation of what may be coming next. In a world of travel, the vast distances we navigate internally often go completely unnoticed.
Prof. Nicky Clayton and Clive Wilkins in open conversation discuss wide ranging aspects of this creative process and how it pertains to both the arts and sciences.
Whenever we revisit a memory, we don’t simply replay it, but recreate it, embellish it, adapt it. We create multiple versions of our memories, they shift and shimmer within the miasma of our being; often causing us to question the very nature of the realities we discover and choose to see before us. Are any of these memories an accurate record, and if so of what?
Might this be the crucial event in our imaginations, which is the cause of our creativity?
Clive and Nicky will be lecturing on ‘The Captured Thought’ at Cambridge University Global Alumni Festival September 28th, 2013 at 11.15 in the Lady Mitchell Hall, Cambridge.
Public Engagement Programme:
As part of this celebratory conference, Cambridge Neuroscience are delighted to be able to host events that will be open to the public.
Tuesday September 17th 2013. 6.30-8.30pm. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge.
Professor Nicky Clayton and Mr Clive Wilkins will present ‘Thinking beyond words’, a dance performance representing a unique collaboration between neuroscience and the arts. Nicky Clayton is Professor of Comparative Cognition in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge and Scientist in Residence at Rambert Dance Company. Clive Wilkins is an independent fine artist, creative writer, performer and teacher. He is currently Artist in Residence in the Dept of Psychology, University of Cambridge. For more information on their collaboration, please read their blog.
The Captured Thought
Saturday 28th September. 11.15-12.15. Sidgwick Site. Booking essential.
by Professor Nicola Clayton, Department of Psychology and Mr Clive Wilkins
Lecture Description - Perspective-taking acknowledges that there are multiple versions of the realities we experience both within ourselves and other, past, present and future. In this presentation Professor Clayton and Mr Wilkins argue that seeing determines our ability to navigate the realities we encounter. They also consider how close other animals come to doing this.
Short Speaker Description - Nicky Clayton is Professor of Comparative Cognition in the Department of Psychology at Cambridge University and Scientist in Residence at Rambert Dance Company.
Clive Wilkins is a creative writer, fine artist, performer and teacher living in the UK. They share a passion for Argentine Tango.
The Captured Thought TED Oxbridge Talk 2013 is now online and available: