The complexity of the human brain and how it gives rise to our understanding and experience of the world around us is one of the greatest mysteries remaining in science today. While recent discoveries in neuroscience are providing us with new insights into the workings of the brain, a comprehensive science of the mind is only just beginning to emerge.
Moderated by Steve Paulson, Executive Producer of Wisconsin Public Radio's To The Best Of Our Knowledge, this four-part lecture series brings together leading experts from various fields to discuss how the latest research is challenging our understanding of the very nature and function of consciousness in our daily lives.
The Thinking Ape: The Enigma of Human Consciousness
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Sold Out
Nobel laureate psychologist Daniel Kahneman, philosopher David Chalmers, expert in primate cognition Laurie Santos, and physician-scientist Nicholas Schiff discuss the origin and nature of consciousness. Learn More
The Mystery of Memory: In Search of the Past
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Sold Out
Psychologist Daniel Schacter, neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux, science historian Alison Winter, and novelist and comparative literature professor André Aciman discuss how memory impacts our perception, our personality, and our experience of the world. Learn More | Press Release
Music & the Mind: The Magical Power of Sound
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Sold Out
Cognitive neuroscientists and musicians Jamshed Bharucha and Charles Limb join music therapy pioneer Concetta Tomaino and jazz pianist Vijay Iyer to discuss the ability of music to both heal and elicit specific emotions at the interface of body, mind, and memory. Learn More | Press Release
Becoming Conscious: The Science of Mindfulness
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Sold Out
Neuroscientists Richard Davidson and Amishi Jha join mindfulness expert Jon Kabat-Zinn to explore the role of consciousness in mental and physical health, and what science is revealing about the transformation of consciousness through mindfulness and contemplative practice. Learn More | Press Release