Neuroscientist/author David Eagleman is smart. We dont mean perfect-score-on-his-SAT smart, we mean Albert Einstein/Stephen Hawking smart. Somehow he sees beyond the physical world and is able to unravel the mysteries that have baffled humans for centuries. Hes tackled everything from the mysteries of the afterlife to those of the mind, the meaning of free will and criminal culpability. And many of his findings have been surprising.
For example, according to Eagleman, consciousness is not all that important. Our unconscious is in charge, with consciousness playing only a tiny role in our lives. And while his latest book, Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain, might sound like a psychology book for the masses, its actually a challenge to everything we thought we knew about ourselves. We are not at the center of ourselves, writes Eagleman, but instead like the Earth in the Milky Way and the Milky Way in the universe far out on a distant edge, hearing little of what is transpiring. Hear Eagleman explain his ideas today during An Evening with David Eagleman. 6 p.m. Houston Public Library, 500 McKinney. For information, call 832-393-1313 or visit www.houstonlibrary.org. Free.
Thu., June 16, 6 p.m., 2011