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‘Becoming human: an idiosyncratic guide to 1,000
million years of the evolution of consciousness’ by Dr Derek
Date: 23 October 2018
Dr Tracy’s talk will track 1,000 million years of the evolution
of nervous systems in a single hour, taking an idiosyncratic
approach to how our brains developed, what made us human, and how
that links in with psychopathology. We will leap from basic
multicellular organisms with primitive sensory responses, through
primal drivers of appetite and sex, to look at the emergence of
emotion and memory in the brain. The talk will consider how humans
differed from other hominids, especially Neanderthal, and what that
tells us about who we are today, and our unique abilities,
particularly at mentalisation.
The talk will ask what other forms of consciousness might exist,
and whether we could even recognise them if they do. The aim is to
take a fun approach to what can be a complex area, and it will be
light-hearted rather than detailed.
About the speaker
Dr Derek Tracy is a Consultant Psychiatrist
and Clinical Director at Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, London. His
managerial work includes implementing a novel integrated service
that has joined physical and mental health with social care into a
single organisation covering a London Borough – ‘Bexleycare’.
He is a Senior Lecturer at King’s College London and University
College London, running three MSc modules. In 2015 he was awarded
the IoPPN’s Teaching Excellence Award, and in 2018 the IOPPN’s
students’ award for funniest lecturer. Derek has published over 65
peer review papers and seven book chapters, most on
psychopharmacology and psychosis. He is a member of the Advisory
Council on the Misuse of Drugs that provides expert scientific
advice to the UK Home Office.
Derek is a board member of the British Journal of Psychiatry,
writing its Kaleidoscope and Highlights columns and leading its
social media arm; he also an elected member of the College academic
faculty. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, the
Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management, the Royal Society of
Arts, and the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He likes running, the
Stone Roses, and enthusiastic people; he hates butter, cats, and
How to book
To reserve your place, please email Thomas
Kennedy at email@example.com
by Monday 22 October 2018.
There is a charge of £5 per place to attend this lecture,
payable on the evening. Places are limited for this event and will
be allocated on a strictly first-come-first-served basis.