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Livewired: How the Brain Rewrites Its Own Circuitry

David Eagleman


  • Date: November 12, 2018, 7:30 PM
  • Location: The Englert Theatre

David Eagleman is a neuroscientist, New York Times bestselling author, TED speaker, and Guggenheim Fellow.  He is the writer and presenter of The Brain, an Emmy-nominated PBS television series that asks what it means to be human from a neuroscientist's point of view.  In Palo Alto, California, he teaches at Stanford University, runs a startup neurotech company, and directs the Center for Science and Law.  He is the author of seven books, including the international bestsellers Sum and Incognito.  Dr. Eagleman appears regularly on National Public Radio and BBC to discuss both science and literature.

If the conscious mind—the part you consider you—accounts for only a fraction of the brain's function, what is all the rest doing? Our behavior, thoughts, and experiences are inseparably linked to a vast, wet, chemical-electrical network called the nervous system. The machinery is utterly alien to us, and yet, somehow, it is us. Stanford neuroscientist Dr. Eagleman takes us into the depths of the subconscious brain to answer some of our deepest mysteries. Can the answers we find modernize our legal system? And what would the world be like if we could expand our senses beyond the meager capacities that we come to the table with? Eagleman charts new terrain in neuroscience and helps us understand how our perceptions of ourselves and our world result from the hidden workings of the most wondrous thing we have ever discovered: the human brain.

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