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"You live in the past. About 80 milliseconds in the past, to be precise. Use one hand to touch your nose, and the other to touch one of your feet, at exactly the same time. You will experience them as simultaneous acts. But that’s mysterious — clearly it takes more time for the signal to travel up your nerves from your feet to your brain than from your nose. The reconciliation is simple: our conscious experience takes time to assemble, and your brain waits for all the relevant input before it experiences the “now.” Experiments have shown that the lag between things happening and us experiencing them is about 80 milliseconds."
Last night, neuroscience speaker David Eagleman stopped by The Colbert Report to talk about our subconscious brain, and why we know so little about where our beliefs and thoughts come from. At one point, Colbert blurts out, “Wait a minute, is this Inception? Are you DiCaprio?”
We love getting new books from our speakers here at Lavin. This week, we saw the arrival of Know the Past, Find the Future, a book on the New York Public Library’s 100 year anniversary. It features work from our speakers Kwame Anthony Appiah, Reza Aslan, and Colum McCann. Flanking it are David Eagleman’s neuroscience mind-bender, Incognito and John Elder Robinson’s collection of personal stories illustrating autistic thinking, Be Different.
Riding a wave of positive reviews and profiles in both The New Yorker and PBS’ Nova, neursocience speaker David Eagleman has entered The New York Times bestseller list with his newest book, Incognito, which debuted at #14 this week.
David Eagleman, who hits the hardcover nonfiction list this week at No. 14 with “Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain,” is the kind of guy who really does make being a neuroscientist look like fun. His experiments tend to involve things like dropping people off amusement park thrill rides (to measure the way time seems to slow down during near-death experiences) and hanging out in the studio with Brian Eno and the drummer from Coldplay (to see how professional timekeepers stay precisely on the beat). He wears hip ankle boots and designer jeans while dashing between TED talks and his lab at Baylor.