Knowing Thyself: What it Means to be a Human with a Brain

Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 7:00pm
Kingsbury Hall -- 1395 Presidents Circle, Salt Lake City

Nature of Things Keynote Lecture featuring

David Eagleman, Ph.D.
Professor of Neuroscience and Psychiatry
Baylor College of Medicine

Location: Kingsbury Hall -- 1395 Presidents Circle, Salt Lake City

Ticketed Event -- $12 tickets per person
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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. 

In the Nature of Things 2013 Keynote lecture, neuroscientist and bestselling author David Eagleman takes us into the depths of the subconscious to investigate some of the deepest mysteries about what it means to be human. Eagleman charts the new terrain in neuroscience to help us understand how the many facets of being human all converge on the hidden workings of the most wondrous thing we have found in the cosmos: the human brain.

David Eagleman holds joint appointments in the Departments of Neuroscience and Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and is the founder and director of the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law.  The goal of his lab is to understand how the brain constructs perception, how different brains do so differently, and how this matters for society. His books include the New York Times bestseller Incognito: The secret lives of the brain. He writes regularly for the New York Times, Wired, Discover, Slate, and New Scientist, and is a repeat guest on NPR, discussing both science and literature—his twin passions. He has been profiled in The New Yorker and on Nova.

Eagleman's novel, SUM: Forty Tales from the Afterlives, was named a Best Book of The Year by Barnes and Noble and inspired U2 producer Brian Eno to write twelve new pieces of music, which he performed, with Eagleman, at the Sydney Opera House.

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Silver Sponsor: The Clark Foundation

Bronze Sponsor: Myriad Genetics

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Additional support from Kingsbury Hall, The City Library and the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks Fund