Event: February 2020

07:30 PM


On the Pedagogical Eros

Event-Picture: On the Pedagogical Eros Alyx © privat, Anne Osbourn © Andrew Davies, John Innes Centre, Hans-Jörg Rheinberger und Ruth Aylett © privat
Hans-Jörg Rheinberger © private

Lection & Talk

with Ruth Aylett author and scientist, Edinburg | Anne Osbourn author and scientist, Norwich | Hans-Jörg Rheinberger author and scientist, Berlin | Special Guest: Robot Alyx | Hosted by Asmus Trautsch author, Berlin

The pedagogical Eros first came up in poetry: Reciting texts was the predominant technique of sharing knowledge. That changed with the invention of printing. Theories of modern physics finally made knowledge that complex that theoretical mathematics had to replace linear phonetic language.

But an opposite development is also happening: The poem as a storage medium experiences a renaissance in science. Scientists at the universities of Exeter and Liverpool measured brain activities during the lecture of poetry and found out that especially those areas of the brain are stimulated that do work for the long-term memory.

On this connection between poem, memory and the sharing of knowledge we will hear: biologist and poet Anne Osbourn, director of the Norwich Research Park and Fellow of the Royal Society, who researches into metabolism and cell biology and initiated a cross-divisional programme for children (SAW-Projects: Science, Art and Writing); the professor in computer science and poet Ruth Aylett, who will be on stage together with her robot Alyx; and Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, poet, molecular biologist and former director of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.

English-German interpreting will be available for the event.

With kind support by Stiftung Preußische Seehandlung, British Council and ECHOO Konferenzdolmetschen

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