London talks at Night~ Science of Memory & other Mind Tricks~ with The Captured Thought

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Seven Myths of Memory~ HOT OFF THE PRESS. The Captured Thoughts latest publication is now available online

Episodic memories are not accurate objective reflections of what happened, nor a permanent record of the past.

We don’t remember the scenes we actually saw, nor do we make a series of one-off snap shots of what happened.

Although we travel backwards to relive the past we do not reverse time mentally. We jump back to a specific point in time and then play the memory forwards again.

Memory evolved to anticipate and imagine future scenarios, but we think the future will be more like the past and the present than it will ever really be.


Abstract

In this paper we highlight seven myths about memory, which centre around the fact that memories, as we experience them, are not only about the past, they are also prospective. Although episodic memory provides the template for future scenarios, it can be reassessed each time it is recalled, and in part is dependent on the sequence in which events unfold. We explore seven myths about memory, and the relationship between memory and experience. We refer to ‘The Moustachio Quartet’, a series of novels, which highlight themes and ideas relevant to our argument, and ‘The Creatures in the Night’, a picture book of paintings that explore the passage of time. We integrate evidence from science and the arts to explore the subjective nature of memory and mental time travel, arguing that our capacity to juggle multiple perspectives evolved for the act of prospection, as an aid to move time forward to the advantage of our species by imagining future scenarios.

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LDN Talks~ Science of Memory & other Mind Tricks with The Captured Thought

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Meet Nicky Clayton and Clive Wilkins :

Nicky and Clive are the co-founders of The Captured Thought, which is an arts and science collaboration that explores mental time travel, the subjective experience of thinking and the nature of creativity Nicky Clayton FRS is Professor of Comparative Cognition in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge. She is particularly interested in the processes of thinking with and without words, comparing the cognitive capacities of crows and children. Clive Wilkins MMC is Artist-in-Residence in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge, a position he has held since 2012. Clive is a fine art painter and writer, and a Member of the Magician’s Circle (MMC). Clive’s paintings have been frequently seen in London Mayfair art galleries including at the National Portrait Gallery, London on several occasions.

This Funzing Experience:

We don’t remember what happened. What we remember becomes what happened. As in life, stories rely heavily on the sequence in which events unfold. In truth, our memories are as much about what will happen next, as about what has already occurred~ it would be a poor sort of memory that only worked backwards.

We will explore the complex relationship between memory, and our ability to travel backwards and forwards in the mind’s eye, incorporating Nicky’s research on corvids and children, and Clive’s newly published work ‘The Moustachio Quartet’, a series of novels that can be read in any order. We shall include various aspects of science, art and the performing arts to explore the nature of mental time travel. Time travellers return from the past in a manner they will never do from the future. We offer insights concerning the subjective manner in which we differentiate time and space in the mind’s eye. Such considerations highlight why memories are not only about the past, nor are they fixed in the past~ they afford the strategies to create and define the future.

Nicky Clayton FRS is Professor of Comparative Cognition in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge. She is particularly interested in the processes of thinking with and without words, comparing the cognitive capacities of crows and children. Clive Wilkins MMC is Artist-in-Residence in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge, a position he has held since 2012. Clive is a fine art painter and writer, and a Member of the Magician’s Circle (MMC). Clive’s paintings have been frequently seen in London Mayfair art galleries including at the National Portrait Gallery, London on several occasions. He has also exhibited at the Royal Academy and in private galleries in Cork Street, London – where he had a one man show in 2007.

Nicky and Clive are the co-founders of The Captured Thought, which is an arts and science collaboration that explores mental time travel, the subjective experience of thinking and the nature of creativity (https://thecapturedthought.com).

Venue: Cafe 1001, Brick Lane

Doors: 7pm / Talk starts: 7.30pm.

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LDN Talks is a new concept which aims to take engaging talks, and make them more accessible. We’ve pulled together an impressive array of leading entrepreneurs, intellectuals, bright thinkers and incredible individuals to inspire and re-invent your after work beers.

Held in a hand picked range of bars across London, a LDN Talks @ Night event makes the perfect after work mid-week activity.

Delve into a totally new subject and challenge your perspectives over a beer with like-minded Londoners. Funzing has always encouraged you to do something different with your free time, so we say do just that – you never know where it may lead you!

Experience includes:
Fascinating lecture
High profile speakers
Unique after-work event

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The Captured Thought in China. December 2017

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The Captured Thought at the Barbican Arts Centre, London

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The Captured Thought in China~ more details coming soon…

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The Myths and Mechanics of Memory. University of Cambridge. Institute of Continuing Education. Madingley, Cambridgeshire. A one day workshop with The Captured Thought. 11th November 2017.

A day of lectures and workshops exploring memory, perception and consciousness with Prof. Nicky Clayton and the artist Clive Wilkins.

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Mental time travel allows us to re-visit our memories and imagine future scenarios. In this day of lectures and co-ordinated workshops we explored the complex relationships between memory and human experience, integrating evidence from science and the arts to discuss the subjective nature of memory and mental time travel. We argue that memory evolved primarily for prospection and not as is most commonly presumed for retrospection. Indeed memory is not fixed but when used imaginatively, deliberately moves and shimmers to provide insight into the future that awaits us.

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