Mon, 31 August 2020

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Livewired – The Inside Story of the Ever-Changing Brain

David Eagleman in conversation with Matthew Stadlen




Join the “Malcolm Gladwell of brain science” (Independent), internationally-renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman as he explores the brain’s ability to adapt and change.

Why do we dream at night, and what does that have to do with the rotation of the planet?
Why is the enemy of memory not time, but other memories?
What does drug withdrawal have in common with a broken heart?
How can a blind person learn to see with her tongue, or a deaf person hear with his skin?
Might we someday control a robot with our thoughts?

Blending engaging stories and scientific rigour, SUM author, TED speaker and Stanford neuroscientist David Eagleman returns to How To Academy to revolutionise how you think about your own brain.

Covering decades of research – including new discoveries from his own laboratory – this unmissable talk will reveal how the magic of the brain is not found in the parts it’s made of, but in the way those parts endlessly re-weave themselves in an electric, living fabric.

Praise for David Eagleman:

“Your mind is an elaborate trick, and mastermind David Eagleman explains how the trick works, with great lucidity and amazement. Your mind will thank you.” – Wired

“The unaccountable, jaw-dropping quality of genius” – Observer

“Mind-blowing revelations abound” – Financial Times

“Eagleman has a talent for testing the untestable, for taking seemingly sophomoric notions and using them to nail down the slippery stuff of consciousness” – The New York Times

“Entertaining and profound” – Guardian

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