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Statement from the prime minister, Hon John Howard, MP Announcement of the launch of the centre for the mind

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Media Call______ Monday 4 August 10am Sydney



Level one Museum of Sydney Cnr Phillip and Bridge Streets Sydney

Event Regrettably due to ill health, the Prime Minister is unable to attend as planned but has asked the Minister for Science and Technology, the Hon Peter McGauran MP to read a statement on his behalf to formally announce the launch of the new national Centre for the


Who * Oliver Sacks, internationally renowned author and neurologist, is in Australia on the invitation of the Centre for the Mind to participate in a range of events as part of the Centre's launch

* Professor Allan Snyder, international award winning scientist, awarded this year's Australia Prize, Foundation Director of the Centre.

Allan's work laid the theoretical foundations for optical fibre telecommunications which is the world-wide standard and the backbone of the information super highway.

* Dr Ian Gold, the co-founder and Associate Director of the Centre, distinguished background in both neuroscience and philosophy

World first The national Centre for the Mind is a "think-tank" which acts as a catalyst for interdisciplinary scientific research into the mind. The purpose of the Centre for the Mind is to bring hard science to bear on questions of central importance to the Australian

community as a whole. As a research institution bringing the science of the mind to bear on national challenges, the Centre will be the first of its kind anywhere in the world.

The Centre for the Mind forms part of the distinguished Institute of Advanced Studies, ANU, Australia's premier research institution and home to some of Australia's most eminent researchers. The national Centre is at the beginning of a ten - year phase of development in which it will be instituting its programs, international conferences, lectures, events,

broadcasts and website, and establishing links with other universities, the private sector, and government.

Professor Snyder: " We invited Oliver Sacks to launch the Centre not only because he, as a distinguished neurologist, has humanely confronted the deepest questions about the mind, but also because he is a world-renowned writer dedicated to making information and ideas accessible."

"We want our ideas to be accessible. The Centre for the Mind wants to encourage a dialogue about the mind across the entire community. Knowledge is more potent when it can be understood by everyone. Quite simply, the more passionately we all engage in understanding the mind, the more enriched will be our entire society."

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