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Technology & the human mind | Susan Greenfield | TEDxOxford

  • Published on Jul 2, 2014
  • This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. What does the future have in store for us, as human beings? In this talk, Susan Greenfield explores how technology affects our personalities by affecting our neurochemistry. Drawing a parallel with climate change, she calls this challenge for humanity "mind change". But far from being a luddite, Greenfield sees a chance for humanity to benefit from embracing some of the changes these technologies will bring - just as long as we make sure to counteract the dangerous ones.
    SUSAN GREENFIELD is a leading British neuroscientist, writer, broadcaster and member of the House of Lords. Whilst specializing in the physiology of the brain, her areas of research include the impact of 21st century technology on the mind, how the brain
    generates consciousness as well as novel approaches to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimers and Parkinsons. In addition to being published in countless peer-reviewed journals, her work has led to numerous honours and awards including the Michael Faraday Medal from the Royal Society and thirty honorary degrees from universities across the world.
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Comments • 28

  • Vgfx Labs
    Vgfx Labs 3 years ago +1

    Brilliant thought paths on this talk .. _ unlike other 'talks' on similar subjects, this one sounds totally relevant and lucid in every moment, I think each and every person is more than ever in need to hear this sort of 'enlightenment', broad view to make sense of what's really going on inside and around them. Thanks for sharing, gonna search more from her.

  • boy4everjoy
    boy4everjoy 8 years ago +12

    great speaker, great talk, overall great video, thanks for sharing.

  • DH
    DH Year ago

    That was a brilliant talk and it fits so nicely with my philosophy of technology class. Today we are reading Louis Mumford and soon we will be reading Neil postman and Sherry Turkle and Heidegger and lots more. These problems continue to dog us and the mega machine is as much of an adversary has it ever was.

  • d sauce
    d sauce 5 years ago +3

    perfectly well said, great vid.

  • J. K. Jammin
    J. K. Jammin 7 years ago +15

    I wish you guys had a transcript of this. Other than that, good video. :)

  • David Wilkie
    David Wilkie 5 years ago +3

    A good opinion piece.

  • Nilo Armstrong
    Nilo Armstrong 2 years ago

    These are important videos that need translation.. please permit.

  • Y. C R
    Y. C R 5 years ago +3

    Parents need to educate themselves better to not give their kids a poor, dehumanised start by giving them unlimited amount of technology usage....thank you Susan Greenfield.

  • Rodrigo Mariaca
    Rodrigo Mariaca 3 years ago +1

    I disagree about the goldfish, its brain is also unique, plastic and adaptable, everyone has a certain personality although of course, their behaviors tend to be markedly more standardized than ours from any parameter that comes to mind.

  • jenny siek
    jenny siek 4 years ago

    Great women Susan..

  • Allen Culbertson

    God bless you and thank you

  • Roger Clough
    Roger Clough 5 years ago +3

    Consciousnes is the product of the mind's apperception of a previous perception.(Leibniz)

  • dugfriendly
    dugfriendly 2 years ago

    Charlie Crews asked (facetiously) "don't you want everyone to know what you're doing all the time?"

  • weeping willow 1966
    weeping willow 1966 3 years ago

    Or just click on the 'CC' closed captions/subtitle button although subtitles can contain errors.

  • Badrul Hasan
    Badrul Hasan 4 years ago

    nice video

  • Andrew
    Andrew 4 years ago +14

    Take a closer look at the multitude of studies (two) that she cited. Half of the researchers were shared between them. Also, there is no conclusive evidence linking any digital media (particularly videogames) and violent tendencies. Many people are under the impression that we live in an incredibly violent time, thanks to constant exposure to overhyped media attention, but this is not true. Statistically, we live in the safest period in human history. Furthermore, videogames have been found to actually improve hand-eye coordination, puzzle solving, memory, and a variety of other cognitive processes. Videogames are actually being used by doctors and psychologists to treat a multitude of conditions.

  • weeping willow 1966
    weeping willow 1966 3 years ago +2

    There's so much to be learnt from TEDx lectures but I didn't appreciate S.G's style of presentation. Animals are very clever & cunning when it comes to sourcing food, & they certainly can adapt their techniques, to accomplish a feed. Goldfish are often the brunt of a cheap gag relating to simplicity of brain power. Perhaps keeping them as pets, with very limited environmental stimulation has made them devolve & not evolve.

  • Valdus Oswald
    Valdus Oswald 3 years ago

    Her book

  • Joe Full
    Joe Full 2 years ago

    She’s not going to be able to connect to those who aren’t listening !!!!!

  • Aubin Bluet
    Aubin Bluet 2 years ago +1