The Human Brain: Our Greatest Mystery

The Human Brain: Our Greatest Mystery

8/15/21 - 8/21/21

Neurophysiologist and Nobel Laureate David Hubel once asked, “Can the brain understand the brain? Can it understand the mind? Is it a giant computer … or something more?”

In this week, we explore the folds and recesses of this distinctly human mystery, bringing together neuroscientists and psychologists to chart a path through the enigma of our consciousness, through the impacts of trauma and stress on our health, through the gray matter and the white matter, neurons and synapses, the wiring that embodies our cognition, that sparks our selves.

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The Human Brain: Our Greatest Mystery
  • Rev. Lynn Casteel Harper - Sunday

    Originally broadcast at 10:45 a.m. ET Sunday August 15, 2021.

    Lynn Casteel Harper is a minister, chaplain, and writer. Author of On Vanishing (Catapult, April 2020), a nonfiction book that explores the dimensions of spirituality, social justice, and dementia, Lynn received a Barbara Deming Fund...

  • Rev. Lynn Casteel Harper - Monday

    Originally broadcast at 9:00 a.m. ET Monday August 16, 2021.

    Lynn Casteel Harper is a minister, chaplain, and writer. Author of On Vanishing (Catapult, April 2020), a nonfiction book that explores the dimensions of spirituality, social justice, and dementia, Lynn received a Barbara Deming Fund ...

  • A Key to Futures Vast: Using Literature to Unlock the Secrets of Your Brain

    Originally broadcast at 10:30 a.m. ET Monday August 16, 2021.

    Angus Fletcher is an award-winning teacher, bestselling author, and one of the world’s foremost scholars on the neuroscience of storytelling. He is currently Professor of Story Science at Ohio State University’s Project Narrative, the...

  • Ori Z. Soltes

    Originally broadcast at 1:00 p.m. ET Monday August 16, 2021.

    Most people sense and recognize another dimension beyond the physical plane of our existence and call the personal inner reality that this dimension connotes the human “soul,” known also as the “Spirit” or “Life Force.” Recognition of...

  • Rev. Lynn Casteel Harper - Tuesday

    Originally broadcast at 9:00 a.m. ET Tuesday, August 17, 2021.

    Lynn Casteel Harper is a minister, chaplain, and writer. Author of On Vanishing (Catapult, April 2020), a nonfiction book that explores the dimensions of spirituality, social justice, and dementia, Lynn received a Barbara Deming Fun...

  • Norman Ornstein, Steven Leifman, and Thomas Insel

    Originally broadcast at 10:30 a.m. ET Tuesday, August 17, 2021.

    Longtime Chautauqua program contributor Norman Ornstein is an emeritus scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and the vice president of the Matthew Harris Ornstein Memorial Foundation, named in memory of his son Matthew, who d...

  • Dr. Bruce Greyson

    Originally broadcast at 1:00 p.m. ET Tuesday, August 17, 2021.

    Dr. Bruce Greyson is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He served on the medical school faculty at the Universities of Michigan, Connecticut, and Virginia....

  • Rev. Lynn Casteel Harper - Wednesday

    Originally broadcast at 9:00 a.m. ET Wednesday, August 18, 2021.

    Lynn Casteel Harper is a minister, chaplain, and writer. Author of On Vanishing (Catapult, April 2020), a nonfiction book that explores the dimensions of spirituality, social justice, and dementia, Lynn received a Barbara Deming F...

  • Bianca Jones Marlin

    Originally broadcast at 10:30 a.m. ET Wednesday, August 18, 2021.

    Neuroscientist Bianca Jones Marlin's research investigates the relationship between the innate and the learned, how learned information is passed to subsequent generations via paternal transgenerational epigenetic inheritance — or...

  • Rev. Lynn Casteel Harper - Thursday

    Originally broadcast at 9:00 a.m. ET Thursday, August 19, 2021.

    Lynn Casteel Harper is a minister, chaplain, and writer. Author of On Vanishing (Catapult, April 2020), a nonfiction book that explores the dimensions of spirituality, social justice, and dementia, Lynn received a Barbara Deming Fu...

  • Nita Farahany

    Originally broadcast at 10:30 a.m. ET Thursday, August 19, 2021.

    At the intersection of neuroscience and artificial intelligence lies a wealth of opportunity for business, labor, and society at large. Yet along with progress comes a host of ethical dilemmas. As a leading scholar and neuro-ethici...

  • Nancey Murphy

    Originally broadcast at 1:00 p.m. ET Wednesday August 18, 2021.

    Nancey Murphy is Senior Professor of Christian Philosophy at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. She received her B.A. from Creighton University (philosophy and psychology); a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley (philosophy of science...

  • CLSC: Rev. Lynn Casteel Harper

    Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. ET Thursday, August 19, 2021.

    An estimated fifty million people in the world suffer from dementia. Diseases such as Alzheimer’s erase parts of one’s memory but are also often said to erase the self. People don’t simply die from such diseases; they are imagined, ...

  • Rev. Lynn Casteel Harper - Friday

    Originally broadcast at 9:00 a.m. ET Friday, August 20, 2021.

    Lynn Casteel Harper is a minister, chaplain, and writer. Author of On Vanishing (Catapult, April 2020), a nonfiction book that explores the dimensions of spirituality, social justice, and dementia, Lynn received a Barbara Deming Fund...

  • AAHH Carl Hart

    Originally broadcast at 1:00 p.m. ET Friday, August 20, 2021.

    African American Heritage House Lecture. Carl Hart, Ziff Professor of Psychology (In Psychiatry), Depts. Of Psychology and Psychiatry, Columbia University

    About Chautauqua Institution: Chautauqua Institution is a community on the sh...