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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 23 May 2015
NEWS 2 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 23 MAY 2015 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM ‘It’s all part of our brain function,’ says Greek Australian neuroscientist George Paxinos People need to let go of the illusion that we have a soul, according to Greek Australian neuroscientist George Paxinos. The professor, who gave a lecture in Athens on the subject of ‘Brain, Behaviour, Development’, held at the Aegean College on Friday 22 May, denied the existence of free will. "Everything - even feelings - stems from and is controlled by the brain," Dr Paxinos told the Athens-Macedonian News Agency. "Modern science has not only rejected the heart as the seat of love, but is making progress in identifying specific structures in the brain involved in the erotic, cognitive, emotional and behavioural components of love," We are soulless Dr Paxinos, who is also an atheist, explained. Scientists began to study the brain activity of people who were deeply in love via functional MRI - while the subjects viewed pictures of their partners, compared to viewing friends of similar age and sex - publishing the first major work on the subject in 2000. "Researchers have since extended these observations by showing that sexual desire and love recruit some common brain structures that promote bodily sensations, reward expectation and social cognition," Paxinos tells. "The notion that love doesn't reside in the heart but in the brain is now as well-established as the theory of anthropogenic global warming. "Clearly, it's time the fallacious cardiocentric theory of love is abandoned and on Valentine's Day lovers exchange images of the organ really responsible for their emotion, whose shape is every bit as beautiful as that of the heart," he concludes. George Paxinos completed his BA at the University of California at Berkeley, then travelled to Canada for his PhD at McGill University, and spent a postdoctoral year at Yale University. He and Charles Watson are the authors of The Rat Brain in Stereotaxic Coordinates, which, with over 61,000 citations over its seven editions (March 2014), is the third most cited book in science after Molecular Cloning and the Diagnostic and the Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). In 1974 Dr Paxinos permanently moved to Australia, and has been working as a professor at the University of New South Wales in Sydney to this day, as well as a Acclaimed neuroscientist George Paxinos. leading researcher at Neuroscience Research Australia, having published 45 books on the structure of the brain of humans and experimental animals (brain mapping). Several of his researches fo- cus on combating neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. His work was recognised by an AO, Ramaciotti Medal, Humboldt Prize, and a $4 million NHMRC Australia Fel- lowship in 2009. Dr Paxinos has also been a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia since 2009 and a corresponding member of the Academy of Athens since 2012. Roxy wins Museums Australia award Outback Greek museum honoured MICHAEL SWEET The Roxy Museum at Bingara in northern NSW has won a Museums and Galleries National Award - one of the most prestigious awards offered by Museums Australia. The museum, which opened its doors last year, was created in a 1930s cinema and café established by Kytherian migrants. ‘A stunning project well executed’ Curated by author and historian Peter Prineas, grandson of Peter Feros - one of the Roxy Cinema's pre-war founders - the museum tells the story of Greek migrants who established cafés and cinemas across regional Australia from the 1920s to the 1970s, almost all of which are now long gone. Melbourne museum consultants Convergence were responsible for the winning design - a delicate task that involved installing the latest museum technologies at the precious heritage site. The company's director Jenni Klempfner said she was thrilled for the project to receive such recognition. "Convergence Associates is delighted to hear that Museums Australia has chosen to recognise the Roxy Greek Museum with this award. "It shows the foresight of the Gwydir Shire Council in purchasing and restoring the Roxy complex, and illustrates the power of community-instigated and community-run museum projects, no matter their size." The council and museum will receive a MAGNA winner's award in the 'Permanent Exhibition or Gallery Fitout' category, for projects with a budget of between $20k and $150k. Museum Australia's judging panel said that the museum was "stunning project well ex- ‘Dream sequence’ audio-visual installation at the Roxy Museum. ecuted" and that the remoteness and lack of resources of the community had made the project all the more exceptional. The judges added that the project was an "excellent revival of a heritage site to tell an important local story". The museum - with fully- restored 1930s-style cafe - is owned and managed by Gwydir Shire Council. A spokesperson for the council told Neos Kosmos: "We're very proud to have a facility of this calibre in our small town, and for it to be recognised. "Winning this award is testament to the hard work and PHOTO: CONVERGENCE ASSOCIATES. dedication of our staff and volunteers, the Roxy Greek Museum Committee and curator Peter Prineas." The Roxy Museum's donors include the Nicholas Aroney Trust, the Kytherian Association of Australia, AHEPA and Sydney businessman Nick Politis. Artwork for the opening of the Roxy Museum in April 2014.
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