After successful events in 2015 and 2016, philosophers from the University of Glasgow are set to bring more thought-provoking activities and illusions to Glasgow Science Festival this year. We chatted to Dr Jennifer Corns about what’s in store.
1. Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Dr Jennifer Corns and I am a philosopher at the University of Glasgow.
2. What brings you to Glasgow Science Festival this year?
I am part of a team from the Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience who will be hosting an interactive station on the Wonders of Perception.
3. Why should we come to your event?
Perception is amazing! At our interactive event, you can undergo hallucinations and illusions to learn more about the wonders of the mind and the way that you perceive the world around you. Experts on the nature of perceptual experience will be on hand to chat with you and answers questions about the mysteries of your mind.
4. This year’s festival theme is ‘Glasgow Explores’. Where would you like to explore?
I love to travel and am most keen to explore more of Asia.
5. What’s the best thing about being a philosopher?
As a philosopher, I get to interact with science, engineering, and other areas to ask deep questions about what they do, why they’re valuable, and how they are useful. The best thing about being a philosopher is asking questions!
Join Jennifer for the Wonders of Perception at Science Sunday on Sunday 18 June at the University of Glasgow. The event is free and drop-in. Full details on the website.