Oxford May Music: Thinking like a vegetable

Oxford May Music: Thinking like a vegetable


Prof Dame Ottoline Leyser, University of Cambridge
It’s easy to imagine that plants don’t do much because of our powerful prejudice that equates action with movement. But plants literally build themselves out of thin air and water, which is pretty extraordinary. They collect carbon dioxide from the air and water from the soil, which requires large surface areas above and below ground, and this means that they can't move. Because they can’t move, they have to adapt to the environmental conditions around them, assessing light quality, nutrient availability, windiness etc and adjusting their growth and development accordingly. Also because they can’t move, they have to be able to deal with predation without running away, which means having no unique parts, and therefore no central information processing centre equivalent to an animal’s brain. Instead they have to use distributed decision-making processes. My research is about how plants make developmental decisions without the benefit of a brain. 

Duration: 1 hour with no interval

Book Tickets

  • Mon 6 May 4:00 PM £3.00

Thursday 2nd May 2019

LECTURE 5.30pm - The Music of Bubbles

CONCERT 8pm - Festival Overture!

 

Friday 3rd May 2019

LECTURE 5.30pm - Brain plasticity

CONCERT 8pm - Phronesis

 

Saturday 4th May 2019

CONCERT 2.30pm - American Connection

LECTURE 5.30pm - A Sea of Trouble

CONCERT 8pm - Austrian Brothers

 

Sunday 5th May 2019

CONCERT 2.30pm - Mary Bevan & Friends

LECTURE 5.30pm - Living with our defects

CONCERT 8pm - In Memoriam

 

Monday 6th May 2019

LECTURE - 2pm - Ansel

LECTURE - 4pm - Thinking Like a Vegetable

CONCERT - 6pm - Festival Finale

 

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  • Mon 6 May 4:00 PM

LECTURE

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Concessions £2

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