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David Eagleman + Whoopi Goldberg


Wednesday, October 21, 2015
7:00 PM–8:30 PM
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Actor and producer Whoopi Goldberg and neuroscientist David Eagleman attempt to unravel the workings of the human brain by discussing whether determinism, fate and destiny should be deciding factors in human behavior.

David Eagleman will sign copies of his new book The Brain: The Story of You after the talk.

About the Speakers

Whoopi Goldberg is one of a very elite group of artists who have won the Grammy, Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy, and Tony. She is equally well-known for her humanitarian efforts on behalf of children, the homeless, human rights, education, substance abuse, and the battle against AIDS and as a Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations. Her extensive film appearances include Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Sister Act, Boys on the Side, Eddie, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, and Rat Race. She produced and made her directorial debut with the documentary, Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley, which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival and on HBO in November 2013. Whoopi has made her mark as a producer on television and on Broadway including Sister Act, which is currently playing across the world. On television she has appeared on Star Trek: The Next Generation, hosted her own syndicated late-night talk show, starred in the NBC sitcom Whoopi, and had recurring roles on the FOX comedy series Glee. She currently appears on ABC’s Emmy Award-winning The View. In 1992 her first of many children’s books, Alice, was published in 1992. It was followed by Book, which became a bestseller around the world. Is It Just Me? is her most recent book for adults.

David Eagleman is a neuroscientist, New York Times bestselling author, and Guggenheim Fellow. He is the writer and presenter of The Brain, a six-hour television series that asks what it means to be human from a neuroscientist’s point of view. He holds joint appointments in the Departments of Neuroscience and Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Eagleman’s areas of research include time perception, vision, synesthesia, and the intersection of neuroscience with the legal system. He directs the Laboratory for Perception and Action and is the founder and director of the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law. He is the author of several neuroscience books, including The Brain: The Story of You, Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain, and Wednesday Is Indigo Blue: Discovering the Brain of Synesthesia. He has also written an internationally bestselling book of literary fiction, Sum, which has been translated into twenty-eight languages and was named the best book of 2009 by Barnes and Noble, New Scientist, and the Chicago Tribune. Eagleman writes for The Atlantic, The New York Times, Discover Magazine, Slate, Wired, and New Scientist, and appears regularly on National Public Radio and BBC to discuss both science and literature. He has been a guest on the Colbert Report and has been profiled in the New Yorker. He was last on stage at the Rubin in 2010, talking to Henry Rollins about his dreams.



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