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Neurophilosophy of Global Security

How does the 'Emotional Amoral Egoism' of Man Shape the Global System?

Is morality innate or alterable? Are emotions and rational decisions intertwined? How critical is the balance between human nature and human dignity?

Human nature is at the centre of political theory and public policy, but our notions of what that precisely means are often oversimplified and subjective, lacking scientific rigour. Significant advances in neuroscience, brain-imaging and neurochemistry are helping to clarify what shapes our actions and emotions, at an individual level and collectively. These new insights allow us to revisit the debate about what propels good, sustainable and accountable governance and leadership.


This course is part of the three-day Geopolitics and Global Futures Symposium which will take place on 20 - 22 June 2018. The Symposium will examine the multiple dimensions of global security, identifying and analysing transformative technologies, and using insights from neuroscience to further our understanding of international affairs. 



This course is designed for officials from governments and international organisations, as well as members of the security and defence policy planning and the intelligence communities. This course is also relevant to representatives from the private sector and non-governmental organisations, journalists, and anyone with a professional interest in understanding future international security challenges.


  • Dr Harris Wiseman, Honorary Senior Research Associate, University College London, UK
  • Dr David Gallardo-Pujol, Senior Lecturer, University of Barcelona, Spain
  • Dr Olga Klimecki, Senior Researcher (Medicine and Psychology), Swiss Center for Effective Sciences, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • Dr  Marcus Holmes, Assistant Professor of Government, The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA, USA
  • Prof Shane O'Mara, Professor of Experimental Brain Research, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland


Geneva, Switzerland


CHF 500. Apply by 19 May to qualify for a 15% discount. Alumni qualify for a 20% discount.

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Neurophilosophy of Global Security

Date 22 Jun 2018

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