Soul Machine: the invention of the modern mind


Increasing secularism during the 18th century Enlightenment period led to the emergence of a natural concept of ‘the mind’ as a separate from the previously accepted body-soul duality. Here Dr Raj Persaud talks to award-winning historian and author of the book Soul Machine, Dr George Makari, about some of the key historical cases that contributed to this new idea, and paved the way for the cognitive-style therapies used today.


Date published: 6 February 2018

Presenter: Dr Raj Persaud

Interviewee: Dr George Makari

Audio running time: 29 minutes

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Learning outcomes


By the end of this podcast, we hope you will have gained an understanding of:


  • how the concept of the secular mind began to emerge during the 18th century


  • some of the key cases of the time that involved treating the patient using cognitive strategies


  • the role of doctors and psychiatric hospitals during the Enlightenment period


  • how this changing perception of the mind has been foundational for modern-day notions of mental health and illness and psychiatry.


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