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Computational Creativity ~ CME Accredited

BrainTalks UBC

Thursday, October 18, 2012 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (PDT)

Computational Creativity ~ CME Accredited

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Please join us at 5:30 pm for a social with wine and cheese. The lecture will run for approximately one hour with a half hour of formal and informal dicsussion at the end. 1.5 CME credits apply for physicians.

Computational creativity is a new and expanding field that investigates creativity, thus includes both scientists and artists in the process of problem-solving and design. As a discipline outside of medicine, it may offer an alternative viewpoint to invite new perspectives on illness and recovery. Philippe Pasquier will join us on October 18, 2012, to review computational creativity. Ben Bogart will also speak briefly, as to "A Machine that Dreams: An Artistic Enquiry of Cognitive Theories of Dreaming and Mental Imagery".

How we think, whether we are physicians, researchers, students, patients, or in another role, influences how we exchange and accept information, and how we function and respond to stressful events. How we think is impacted by illness of the brain, such as neurological or mental illness. In psychiatric illness, the ability for abstraction, and the use of metaphor, may be implicated in the illness; for example, the arm that cannot move in the conversion disorder patient who fears using that hand to harm themselves or another, or the depressive symptoms reminiscent of learned helplessness in the depressive patient. In neurological illness, the loss of function from a stroke or other impact, may be recovered through rehabilitation incorporating imagination, such as the mirror technique written about by Dr. Ramachadran. As such, understanding the human capacity for creative thinking may both help further understanding of illness, recovery from illness, as well as encourage further reflection on how we ask questions, and how we innovate in patient care.


Title: Computational Creativity

Philippe Pasquier

The ability to invent and use tools is a defining characteristic of human beings: from the invention of the wheel to the development of cell phones, technology and humans have been co-evolving. In recent years, artificial intelligence has been successful at endowing machines with autonomous and proactive behaviors to achieve tasks that normally rely on human intelligence. Computational creativity is a new and expanding field that attempts to simulate human creativity, and to discover creative processes that are beyond human capability. This field brings together academics and artists to design systems that are capable of making creative decisions.


Title: A Machine that Dreams: An Artistic Enquiry of Cognitive Theories of
Dreaming and Mental Imagery

Ben Bogart

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When & Where

Paetzhold Lecture Theatre
Jim Pattison Pavillion
Vancouver General Hospital
Vancouver, British Columbia V5Z 1M9

Thursday, October 18, 2012 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (PDT)

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