David Eagleman is a neuroscientist and a New York Times bestselling author. He directs the Laboratory for Perception and Action at the Baylor College of Medicine, where he also directs the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law. He is best known for his work on time perception, synesthesia, and neurolaw. At night he writes. His work of fiction, SUM, is an international bestseller published in 27 languages. His book on the internet and civilization, Why the Net Matters, is available as an app for the iPad and as an eBook. His latest book, the New York Times bestseller Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain, explores the neuroscience "under the hood" of the conscious mind -- that is, all the aspects of neural function to which we have no awareness or access. Eagleman has been named one of Houston's most stylish men, a Next Generation Texas Fellow, and a Guggenheim Fellow. He is an academic editor for several scientific journals, a research fellow in the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, and a board member of The Long Now Foundation.
We will be able to enhance the natural sensory capabilities that humans have, and I think this is where technology and the brain have a very fertile meeting ground.
Consciousness is essentially the company president that has to arbitrate all the different mechanisms.
Your assessment of how long something took has a lot to do with how much energy your brain has to burn during the event.
Keeping a secret is quite bad for you because it causes a lot of stress.
Estimates are that a third of the prison population has mental illness.
Time shrinks retrospectively.
How all the parts of the brain come together so that you have a unified perception of the world is one of the unsolved mysteries in neuroscience.
The idea that there's this massive amount happening under the hood came from Freud.
Think of consciousness as essentially the company president that has to arbitrate all the different mechanisms.