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

    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 grant for women writers for the project.

    Lynn’s work has app...

  • Rev. Lynn Casteel Harper - Monday

    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 grant for women writers for the project.

    Lynn’s work has app...

  • Angus Fletcher

    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 globe’s top academic think-tank for the study of stories. A pr...

  • Ori Z. Soltes

    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 this inner reality is the basis of most religions but remains...

  • Rev. Lynn Casteel Harper - Tuesday

    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 grant for women writers for the project.

    Lynn’s work has app...

  • Norman Ornstein, Steven Leifman, and Thomas Insel

    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 died accidentally on Jan. 3, 2015, after a 10-year struggle with s...

  • Dr. Bruce Greyson

    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.

    Dr. Greyson was a co-founder and President of the Internation...

  • Rev. Lynn Casteel Harper - Wednesday

    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 grant for women writers for the project.

    Lynn’s work has app...

  • Bianca Jones Marlin

    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 how trauma in parents affect the brain structure and sensory exper...

  • Mirabai Starr

    Mirabai Starr, who has lived her life immersed in the world of spirituality, will provide the perfect voice and insight to complete the week’s focus on The Human Soul: Our Ineffable Mystery.
    An award-winning author of creative non-fiction and contemporary translations of sacred literature, Mirab...

  • Rev. Lynn Casteel Harper - Thursday

    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 grant for women writers for the project.

    Lynn’s work has app...

  • Nita Farahany

    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-ethicist, Nita Farahany considers what our neurological information is w...

  • CLSC: Rev. Lynn Casteel Harper

    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, in the clichés of our era, as vanishing in plain sight, fading aw...

  • Rev. Lynn Casteel Harper - Friday

    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 grant for women writers for the project.

    Lynn’s work has app...