The Long Now Foundation welcomes
Neuroscientist, author, televison host
"The Future of the Human Brain: Who We Become Is Up to Us"
@ The Interval at Long Now: check-in begins at 6:30; talk will start at 7:30
Join us afterwards for drinks and conversation with our speaker
David's book The Brain: The Story of You will be on sale and he will sign it after the talk
The human body is a masterpiece of complexity and beauty – a symphony of forty trillion cells working in concert. However, it has its limitations. Your senses set boundaries on what you can experience. Your body sets limits on what you can do. But what if the brain could understand new kinds of inputs and control new kinds of limbs – expanding the reality we inhabit? We’re at a moment in human history when the marriage of our biology and our technology will transcend the brain’s limitations. We can hack our own hardware to steer a course into the future. This is poised to fundamentally change what it will mean to be a human.
About The Brain:
Neuroscientist and Long Now Board member 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 companion book The Brain is Amazon's #1 Best Seller on neuroscience. We will have copies of The Brain for sale at the talk.
"David Eagleman's wide-ranging roundup of the current state of knowledge about the brain is concise, accessible and often very surprising. It's a strange new world inside your head."
— Brian Eno (musician, artist, Long Now co-founder)
"On every page there is a revelation so fantastic as to make one gasp."
— Stephen Fry (comedian, author, TV host)
David Eagleman is a neuroscientist, bestselling author, Guggenheim Fellow, and the writer / presenter of the popular PBS television series The Brain. David holds appointments in Neuroscience and Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine studying time perception, synesthesia, and neurolaw.
His books include The Brain; Incognito; and Wednesday is Indigo Blue. His bestselling book of literary fiction, Sum, was named a Book of the Year by Barnes and Noble, New Scientist, and the Chicago Tribune. David writes for The Atlantic, New York Times, Discover, Slate, Wired, and New Scientist. He has appeared on NPR and BBC, and been profiled in the New Yorker.
David is on the Board of Directors of The Long Now Foundation and spoke in Long Now's Seminars About Long-term Thinking series in April 02010. This is his first appearance at The Interval.
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When & Where
The Interval at Long Now
The Interval at Long Now is a bar, cafe and event venue located in historic Fort Mason Center on San Francisco's north shore within view of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. We serve delicious beverages in a room full of mechanical wonders and thousands of books.
We are open daily 10AM to midnight. Events are typically on Tuesday nights a few times a month. Tickets usually go on sale 2 weeks prior to the event. Talks sell out quickly due to our limited capacity.
Long Now members can purchase tickets before the general public.
The Interval is home to The Long Now Foundation which is dedicated to long-term thinking through projects including building a 10,000-year Clock, the monthly Seminars About Long-term Thinking (SALT), The Rosetta Project, PanLex, and Revive & Restore.