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NeuroEthics Film Festival - The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

Public event   25.11.2012






Post screening discussion panel

Chaired by:

Dr Shawn Harmon


Dr Andrew Watson

Dr Martyn Pickersgill

Dr Hazel McHaffie

Organised by

The NeuroEthics Film Festival is the 2012 outing of the BioEthics Film Festival organised by the Scottish Council on Human Bioethics, supported by the , Mason Institute and the Filmhouse

The ESRC Genomics Policy & Research Forum are supporting two screenings at the Festival this year - The Manchurian Candidate and , both screening on Sunday 25th November 2012.



88 Lothian Road



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About the film:

The Manchurian Candidate

John Frankenheimer USA 1962 126 minutes, Rated 12A

Cast: Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, Angela Lansbury, Henry Silva

Korean War veteran Major Marco (Frank Sinatra) is troubled by a recurring nightmare in which Congressional Medal of Honor hero Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey) carries out Communist instructions to shoot fellow American PoWs. Working for Intelligence, Marco unravels a cunning Red plot to brainwash his old platoon and to turn Shaw into an assassin. Who is Shaw’s American control, and when and where are they going to aim him?

About the festival:

Do we have free will, or is our behaviour ultimately controlled by our biological brains? Does morality actually exist?Recent advances in our understanding of neurobiology have raised a number of ethical questions for human beings. Does the responsibility of an individual actually exist? If it doesnít what are then the consequences for our legal systems and the manner in which human beings see themselves. Could they just be considered as biological robots or zombies? These and other issues will be explored in discussions following each of these screenings. Come and join the debate!

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