12 episodes

Neuroscientist and author David Eagleman discusses how our brain interprets the world and what that means for us. Through storytelling, research, interviews, and experiments, David Eagleman tackles wild questions that illuminate new facets of our lives and our realities.

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Neuroscientist and author David Eagleman discusses how our brain interprets the world and what that means for us. Through storytelling, research, interviews, and experiments, David Eagleman tackles wild questions that illuminate new facets of our lives and our realities.

    "What does dreaming have to do with the rotation of the planet?"

    "What does dreaming have to do with the rotation of the planet?"

    Why are some of the best musicians blind? Can blind people learn how to echolocate, like a bat? What do your nightly dreams have to do with the rotation of the planet? Once we find alien life on other planets, should we expect that aliens have dreams at night? Find out why dreaming might be the strange lovechild of brain plasticity.

    • 47 min
    "Why is it so hard to spot a counterfeit bill?"

    "Why is it so hard to spot a counterfeit bill?"

    What do charlatans have to understand about human perception? Why are you so bad at recognizing a real penny among fakes? What did Eagleman have to do with the redesign of the Euro, and why did he campaign to the European Central Bank that all their bills should be blank with a single hologram in the middle? In this episode, explore the crossroads of perception and deception. Brief appearance from special guest Adam Savage. 

    • 35 min
    "What does eating that cookie have to do with the hero of the Trojan war?"

    "What does eating that cookie have to do with the hero of the Trojan war?"

    We all have goals, and we all face temptations that get in the way. So what's happening in the brain when we act in a manner that isn't in accordance with who we want to be? Computers don’t have these problems, but being human can be tough. In the previous two episodes we exposed the rivaling networks battling it out under the surface. Today we’re going to talk about the gap between what you intend to do and what you actually do when temptation is there. 

    • 41 min
    How does your brain decide what to buy?

    How does your brain decide what to buy?

    What’s happening when you stand in the supermarket aisle and stare at the shelf full of options? It may not look like there’s much going on from the outside, but inside there’s a war of networks raging. How is your brain's decision-making influenced by price, emotions, and your group of friends? How would you choose between a nice candle and a chocolate bar in the shape of a computer keyboard? And what does any of this have to do with Starbucks or Tiger Woods or Burger King? 

    • 37 min
    "Is AI truly intelligent? How would we know if it got there?"

    "Is AI truly intelligent? How would we know if it got there?"

    Modern AI is blowing everyone’s mind. But is it intelligent like humans, or is it just playing impressive statistical games? Could AI reach or exceed our level of intelligence, and how would we know when it gets there? Traditional tests for intelligence (Turing test, Lovelace test, etc) have long been surpassed, so Eagleman proposes a new kind of test. 

    • 45 min
    "What will AI mean for artists?"

    "What will AI mean for artists?"

    Will writers, artists, and musicians find themselves unemployed by AI? What are the new capabilities we’re seeing and what does it all mean for human creativity? And what does this have to do with diamonds, Westworld, effort, Frankenstein, photography, Beethoven, and the Stark family in Game of Thrones?

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Kate Hammer ,

Ingenious experimental design & relatable stories

Neuroscientist David Eagleman sheds light on our subjective experience (in this episode, our experience of time slowing as we anticipate catastrophe) through first-hand stories and ingenious psychological experiments. The compact episode with its definite focus is fascinating and easy to follow. Highly recommend.

niasurv1ve ,

Neuroscience for even mature students ūüíę

I was always going to be a cheap date, I was hooked before I began. For the lay audience, the mature psych student (me) and the curious!

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