THE BRAIN with David Eagleman: How Do I Decide?

Wednesday, November 4 at 10:00 p.m. on WSKG TV
Learn how the brain navigates the tens of thousands of conscious decisions we make every day and the many more unconscious decisions we make about everything from whom we find attractive to what we perceive. The human brain is the most complex object we’ve discovered in the universe, and every day much of its neural circuitry is taken up with the tens of thousands of decisions we need to make. ‘How do I decide?’ is a journey through the unseen world of decisions, and how they get made. We start with a simple one: choosing a flavor of frozen yogurt, and learn that every decision we make is born of a ‘winner takes all’ competition between rival neural networks. As David furrows his brow and ponders the choice before him – mint verses lemon –  inside his brain, two rival networks are fighting it out.

THE BRAIN with David Eagleman: What is Reality?

Credit: Courtesy of Blink Films

Tonight, on the first of six episodes, discover how the brain constructs multi-sensory reality within the silence and darkness of the skull. Neuroscientist David Eagleman explores the human brain in an epic series that reveals the ultimate story of us, why we feel and think the things we do. This ambitious project blends science with innovative visual effects and compelling personal stories, and addresses some big questions. By understanding the human brain, we can come close to understanding humanity. The series, hosted by Dr. David Eagleman, neuroscientist, New York Times best-selling author and a Guggenheim Fellow, will reveal the human story by blending scientific truth with innovative visual effects and compelling personal stories.

Who Am I?

The “mind” and “self” were formerly the domain of philosophers and priests. But in this hour of Radiolab, neurologists lead the charge on profound questions like “How does the brain make me?” We stare into the mirror with Dr. Julian Keenan, reflect on the illusion of selfhood with British neurologist Paul Broks, and contemplate the evolution of consciousness with Dr. V. S. Ramachandran. Also: the story of woman who one day woke up as a completely different person. photo credit: Neon brain (dierk schaefer/flickr/CC-BY-2.0)

GUESTS:
Paul Broks
Dr. Julian Keenan
 Hannah Palin
Dr. V.S. Ramachandran
Dr. Robert Sapolsky