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The Nature of Things Keynote: David Eagleman

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The Nature of Things 2013

Keynote Lecture

“Knowing Thyself: What it means to be a human with a brain” by Dr. David Eagleman

Professor of Neuroscience and Psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine

Author of Incognito: The secret lives of the brain and Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives

Nature of Things presented by the Natural History Museum of Utah in partnership with JP Morgan | Chase

Thursday, March 21, 2013

7:00 p.m.

Kingsbury Hall, the University of Utah campus

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.

Join 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. Are the mind and the brain separate? Why does the conscious mind know so little about itself? How did you come to be who you are, and why can humans be so different from one another? 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.

The Nature of Things 2013 lecture series will explore a topic that probes profound questions and elicits endless fascination – what makes us human.  We’ll investigate the latest scientific research on what is unique to humanity, how we became human, and what we share with other living creatures. To learn more about the complete series, visit

About Dr. David Eagleman:  With joint appointments in the Departments of Neuroscience and Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, David Eagleman 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.


Thursday, March 21, 2013
  • 7:00 PM

Ticket Information:

On Sale February 8th @ 10AM


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