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Talks Are Zombies Conscious?

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Daniel Bor, University of Sussex Professor David Papineau, King’s College London Naomi Alderman, author and games writer 13.15–14.00, Saturday and Sunday, The Theatre How can we interrogate conscious experience? Why should we study consciousness? And can scientists and philosophers answer the critical question: are zombies conscious?

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How Did Zombies Happen?

Maya Kaushik, Imperial College London Frank Swain, author and zombie expert 12.00–12.45 and 15.45–16.30, Saturday, The Theatre What phenomena can affect our behaviour and the way we experience the world? And can current research explain the cause of a zombie outbreak?

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The Consciousness Scale Andrew Morley, consultant anaesthetist, Guy’s and St Thomas’ 14.30–15.15, Saturday, The Theatre How do we measure different levels of consciousness? Do zombies fit in our current consciousness models? Join us to find out.

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Diagnosing a Zombie Nadine Lavan, University College London Drop in, Saturday, Agriculture gallery Tom Manly, University of Cambridge Sophie Scott, University College London 12.00–12.45 and 15.45–16.30, Sunday, The Theatre Join our experts for a live clinical diagnosis of one of the afflicted. Can we work out how the brain is affected from observing a zombie’s behaviour?

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How Do Zombies Hunt?

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Tessa Decker, University College London 14.30–15.15, Sunday, The Theatre How do our senses drive our conscious experience? How can we use this to better understand how zombies hunt?

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What's on Quarantine Rob Harris (Ludonaut)

Imagine the world in the grip of a zombie outbreak. What’s driving the behaviour of the afflicted? How conscious are zombies? A desperate society would turn to scientists for answers. ZombieLab: Grappling with consciousness features live games, performances, experiments and talks from leading researchers to help you get to grips with the zombie brain. It could be your key to survival. ‘I’m excited to be helping explain some of the science behind our consciousness at ZombieLab. These iconic beings, zombies, offer a fun way to pose questions about this important field. ‘Consciousness is a vital topic to study, related to the most intimate and meaningful aspects of our existence. Consciousness is at the heart of abortion issues, animal rights, questions of residual awareness in vegetative state patients, and, in future, rights for artificial beings. ‘Philosophy has for centuries grappled with questions of consciousness, such as whether our minds are separate from our bodies, whether we are just a kind of computer, and if our sense of subjectivity is a unique, unavoidable feature of consciousness. But science, in contrast, tries to explain the psychological components of awareness, and how it is generated by the brain. ‘Thanks particularly to brain-scanning techniques, much progress has recently been made, and sophisticated theoretical models have emerged that highlight surprising features of the nature of our experiences.’ Dr Daniel Bor, neuroscientist at the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science, University of Sussex

12.30, 13.00, 13.30, 15.30, 16.00 and 16.30, daily In ten minutes the safe house doors will slam shut and you need to prove you’re not a zombie. Complete the tasks to show you’re fully conscious in time and you might survive... Lasts approximately 20 minutes.

Horde Edward Codling, University of Essex 11.15, 11.45, 14.15 and 14.45, daily Can you survive the zombie outbreak by hiding in the horde? Collective behaviour experts Edd Codling and Nikolai Bode of the University of Essex will put you through your paces in a zombie predator-prey game. Lasts approximately 20 minutes. Zombie Academy Antenna team 12.00, 12.45, 13.30, 14.30, 15.45 and 16.30, daily What are the secrets behind a perfect zombie gait? Learn how to blend in with the horde in our Zombie Academy. Lasts approximately 25 minutes.

Pro-Zombie Action Group Stoke Newington International Airport All weekend, drop in What are the secrets behind a perfect zombie gait? Learn how to blend in with the horde in our Zombie Academy. Lasts approximately 25 minutes.

Compete, Cooperate or Die!, eye think lab, University College London 12.00, 12.30, 13.00, 15.00, 15.30, 16.00 and 16.30, daily It’s easy to outwit one zombie. But what happens when you and 40 others are trying to escape zombies at the same time? Test your ability to compete and cooperate with others in this mass-participation game. Lasts approximately 20 minutes.

Zombie S.A.Y.S. Rob Harris (Ludonaut) Watch out for Zombie Prevention Officers who will be roaming ZombieLab and putting visitors to the test to weed out those showing signs of affliction.

Trial Serious Business 11.30–13.00, 13.30–15.00 and 15.30–17.00, drop in daily Are zombies accountable for their actions? Should zombiekillers be imprisoned, not celebrated? The Community Jury Initiative needs you to decide in two critical test cases.

Missing Persons Wall Antenna team Sunday, drop in Have you lost a loved one in the zombie apocalypse? Leave a message for the world or browse the wall to find the funny and the macabre.

Zombieoke Antenna team 11.00–13.00, 14.00–16.00, 16.30–17.30 Pull up a chair at our zombie-themed talkaoke mobile talk show and share your thoughts on zombies, consciousness and the mysteries of the mind. Experiment zone Out-of-Body Experience Keisuke Suzuki, University of Sussex All weekend, drop in Can virtual reality create the illusion that you’re dissociated from your own body? Find out in consciousness researcher Dr Keisuke Suzuki’s immersive demonstration.

Mindball Antenna team. All weekend, drop in Battle to control a ball with your brain waves in this neurofeedback game. Zombies, Run All weekend, drop in There’s no better motivator to get you running than being chased by a pack of zombies. Try out the neuroscientistdesigned smartphone app Zombies, Run!

Dead of Night Chroma Collective. All weekend, drop in Can you act rationally during a zombie apocalypse? Participants must use their senses to stay alive in an immersive experience layering virtual and real worlds.

Studying Consciousness University of Sussex All weekend, drop in In the wake of the outbreak, we need the best experts with the best information about the mind. Interrogate scientists from the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science with all your burning questions.

Reading Minds Emmanuel Stamatakis, Cambridge University. All weekend, drop in How can we measure what’s going on in a zombie’s brain? Discover the technology used by the University of Cambridge’s Division of Anaesthesia.


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