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.
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...
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....
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...
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...
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, ...
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
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