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Meet Your Mind:
A Users Guide to the Science of Consciousness

Extraordinary Minds

Certain brain disorders can lead to remarkable insights....even genius. We'll peer into the world of autistic savants and dyslexics, and contemplate our cyborg future, when our brains merge with tiny, embedded computers. Also, one of the most fascinating investigations of consciousness: Stanislav Grof's pioneering study of LSD.

December 2, 2012
 
Daniel Tammet, Savant Life

Daniel Tammet has memorized the number pi into the tens of thousands of digits. He's learned new languages in a few weeks. He describes the gift—and the burden—of being an autistic savant.

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Darold Treffert on Extraordinary Brains

Psychiatrist Darold Treffert regards savants as "islands of genius." He talks about a lifetime of studying savant syndrome.

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Aubrey Ralph on Mental Illness

Aubrey Ralph is an audio engineer and radio producer. He's also bipolar. Having a mental illness has made him acutely aware of how schizophrenics can shape and distort reality.

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Stanislav Grof on Non-Ordinary Consciousness

Long before Timothy Leary's study of LSD, psychiatrist Stanislav Grof launched his own investigation of psychedelics. Since then he's devoted his life to exploring non-ordinary states of consciousness.

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Maryanne Wolf on The Reading Brain

Some of the world's most celebrated scientists and artists have been dyslexic. Cognitive scientist Maryanne Wolf says dyslexia can be a gift, but schools must learn how to teach dyslexics to read.

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Ray Kurzweil on Our Cyborg Future

Ray Kurzweil believes we'll soon have tiny computers embedded in our brains. He says we're on the verge of a new era in evolution—a fusion of biology and machine technology.

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WITH SUPPORT FROM

The Nour Foundation: Exploring Meaning & Commonality in Human Experience
Promega Corporation
Meet Your Mind: A User's Guide to the Science of Consciousness
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