At the heart of these webinars is a profound question: we know that demands on mental health services are rising; we know that this increase can never be met by professionals alone. So what is it that we need to change in the way we lead our lives for our mental health needs to be met. To put it another way, how do we think differently about mental health? This ground-breaking series brings together some of the most eminent thinkers in child and family mental health in the world.

In the 21st century, we now regard the brain has an organ of prediction, generating fantasies and hypotheses that best explain sensory encounters. It is literally a fantastic organ. This is reflected in formulations of the Bayesian brain as making inferences about states of affairs in the world ‘out there’. This understanding of sentient behaviour – and how the brain works – rests upon a deeper back story that can be traced to the physics of self-organisation. 

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In this talk, Karl will try to tell this story; starting with the fundaments of self-organisation, using notions from probability theory such as self-information and surprisal. We will see how this leads to the notion of self-evidencing; namely, a view of sentient behaviour in which we are compelled to seek evidence for our models of the world. One intriguing issue arises when these models include other people as the causes of our sensations, or indeed the hypothesis that "I am a sentient creature". In other words, higher forms of sentience may involve hypotheses about self and other that could have profound implications for the way that we understand ourselves (and others). Using simulations, Karl will try to illustrate how the physics of selfhood can lead to the kind of interactions that underwrite interpersonal exchange and possibly selfhood.

BSL interpretation will be available for those joining the seminar on a PC or laptop.


The format of our Transformation Seminars are:

17:20 - 17:30   Registration (log-in to online seminar)

17:30 - 18:15   Transformation Lecture

18:15 - 18:45   Q&A

System requirements for online training

The online platform Zoom will be used to deliver this training. Prior to booking on, please ensure you meet the system requirements so you're able to join this training. Details of how to join the event on Zoom will be shared closer to the event.

  • 1.25 hours

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