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2012 Speaker: Neuroscientist David Eagleman

David Eagleman"What's on your mind?" is a pretty loaded question if you ask David Eagleman, renowned neuroscientist and international bestselling author. His most recent bestseller, Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain, explores the mystifying subconscious, delving into questions such as:

  • “Why is it so difficult to keep a secret?”
  • “Do we have control over who we find attractive or repulsive?”
  • “How is it possible to get angry at yourself: who, exactly, is mad at whom?”
  • “Does free will exist or not, and how does that affect our view of blameworthiness and credit?"

On May 2, 2012, CoAS will welcome David Eagleman as the second annual lecturer in the Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Lecture Series. At 6pm in the Main Auditorium, Eagleman will discuss “The Secret Lives of the Brain,” exploring how little we really know about the intricate organ that informs our every behavior and decision.

About David Eagleman

Eagleman's other works include Wednesday is Indigo Blue, Why the Net Matters, and the forthcoming Live-Wired: How the Brain Dynamically Reconfigures. He is a regular contributing writer for the New York Times, Wired, Discover, Slate and New Scientist, and is often featured on NPR discussing both science and literature. He holds joint appointments in the Departments of Neuroscience and Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and is the founder and director of the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law. In 2011, he was named a Guggenheim Fellow, and his 2010 novel SUM was named Best Book of The Year by Barnes and Noble.

Ticket Information

The distinguished lecture is free and open to the Drexel community. Tickets are required and will be available beginning on April 9, 2012. Limit of two tickets per person.

Please direct any inquiries regarding the event to Jennifer Yusin at