Autism and Minds Wired for Science: ethical implications

Hosted by Forum for European Philosophy

Old Theatre,


Professor Simon Baron-Cohen

Professor John Dupré

Dr Bonnie Evans


Dr Bhismadev Chakrabarti

Our panel will offer perspectives from neuroscience, history and philosophy on autism: How has our understanding of autism evolved? Why is autism so often linked with scientific and mathematical talent? Does this mean that some minds are ‘wired’ for science (and others not)? Is autism really a disorder, or just an aspect of human ‘neurodiversity’?

Simon Baron-Cohen (@sbaroncohen) is Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at the University of Cambridge.

John Dupré is Professor of Philosophy of Science at the University of Exeter.

Bonnie Evans is Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London.

Bhismadev Chakrabarti (@bhismadev) is Associate Professor of Neuroscience, University of Reading.

The Forum for European Philosophy (@ForumPhilosophy) is an educational charity that organises a full and varied programme of philosophy and interdisciplinary events in the UK. 

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