2013 Programme: Battle for our minds

Is addiction a life style choice or a medical condition? Why is cocaine illegal and Ocean Snow is not? Is it simply down to the different physical nature of the two drugs or do we think there is an important moral difference between involved in their use? When it comes to the claims of neuroscience to know what’s best for baby, should parents stand down any moral objections they might have? Or risk the consequences of going against the consensus? What about new sex education in schools, with lessons in relationships and online porn? Necessary updating of curriculum or intrusive colonisation of young minds?

Strand Convenor: David Bowden

Introduced by Wojtek Wojcik, consultant psychiatrist, Royal Edinburgh Hospital

Saturday 19 October 2013
10.30am to 12.00pm Pit Theatre
1.30pm to 3.00pm Pit Theatre
3.30pm to 5.30pm Pit Theatre

Produced by
Academy of Ideas