Studium Generale - Inscience - Hunting for Hedonia

Hunting for Hedonia - InScience Filmfestival

Date: Time: 14:00 Location: Arthouse cinema Cinecitta, Willem II Straat 29, Tilburg

The docufilm Hunting for Hedonia explores how the burgeoning technology of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) will impact human identity and our sense of self. After the film there is a Q&A with philosopher Sanneke de Haan. (English / Certificate*)

Time: 14:00-16:00 hrs. See also Facebook.


Limited number of tickets available. 
Standard 10,25 Euro. Students 8,50 euro, by showing student card.

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Hunting for Hedonia

The brain is one of the great mysteries of modern medicine. We know more about what we don't know when it comes to our most complex organ. Our knowledge of the brain, however, is growing fast and so are the fields of psychiatry and pharmaceuticals. And now we are (maybe!) approaching a point where we can not only cure depressions, but can actually increase happiness and maybe even improve our brains through technology. The question is whether we should do something, just because we can? And who decides what is normal? The so-called Deep Brain Stimulation was first developed back in the 1960s, but has since been left in the cold by an increasingly politicized research environment. Now, it is back, and in the meantime technology has caught up with the visions. Pernille Rose's film with a screenplay by the science journalist Lone Frank looks at this development and asks the big questions - and lets the brightest minds answer them. A thought-provoking film, in every sense of the word.


After the movie a reaction and discussion follows with dr. Sanneke de Haan, postdoctoral researcher in Philosophy and Psychiatry at Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences.

InScience Filmfestival

InScience International Filmfestival, Nijmegen based, is one of the biggest science film festivals in Europe. The program most importantly consists of an overview of the best science films of the year. InScience offers a broad program, with talks, film debates, Q&A’s, meetings, and expositions on the cutting edge of science and art. Cinecitta and Studium Generale are organizing a satellite program in Tilburg for the first time.

Program (Tilburg)

Wed, Nov 11 - 21:00 hrs.  Spaceship Earth 

  Fri,   Nov 13 - 16:00 hrs.   Coded Bias  incl. Q&A with Linnet Taylor

 Sat,   Nov 14 - 14:00 hrs.   Hunting for Hedonia  incl. Q&A with philosopher Sanneke de Haan

 Sat,   Nov 14 - 16:30 hrs.   Oliver Sacks: His Own Life  incl. Q&A with  em. prof. Ad Vingerhoets

Sun,   Nov 15 - 16:00 hrs.   The Edge of All We Know  incl. Q&A with  prof. Klaas Sijtsma


More information

All films and talks are in English.

This event is organized by Studium Generale, InScience Filmfestival and Arthouse cinema Cinecitta.

Contact: Has Klerx (Studium Generale).

* This event may count towards the Studium Generale Certificate.

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