What should we do with our brains?

  • Ties van de Werff (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation / Performance / SpeechesTalk or presentation - at conferencePopular


Popular science books about our plastic brains fill the bookstore. They offer us a wealth of useful knowledge, from insights into the adolescent brain for parents, to suggestions for keeping the aging brain healthy. Such books promise us that by changing our brains, we can achieve happiness, health, or success more easily and with longer-lasting results. Based on his PhD-research on popular neuroscience literature, philosopher Ties van de Werff questions whether such ‘brain-inspired good life’ really challenges and revolutionises what we should do in order to live well. What do we gain or lose, when we use scientific knowledge as an answer for dealing with the challenges of our everyday lives?
Period21 May 2019
Event titlePint of Science festival
Event typeOther
LocationMaastricht, NetherlandsShow on map


  • neuroethics