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Mysteries of the Subconscious Unveiled

Neuroscientist David Eagleman

March 12, 2013 – The Natural History Museum of Utah will present best-selling author and neuroscientist David Eagleman on Thursday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the University of Utah’s Kingsbury Hall. As keynote speaker for the lecture series, “Nature of Things 2013: The Science of Being Human,” Eagleman will explore how behaviors we think are generated by our conscious minds are driven by rival systems in our subconscious brains.

Eagleman’s research on how the brain constructs reality – and how different brains do so differently – offers a fascinating perspective on the science of being human. Eagleman, professor of neuroscience and psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine, will discuss his own cutting-edge work and the latest understandings in the field of neuroscience with compelling stories, a skill evident in his best-selling books of both non-fiction and fiction. As The New York Times noted, he “really does make being a neuroscientist look like fun.”

Tickets are $12 and are available at the Kingsbury Hall box office and

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About David Eagleman

With joint appointments in the Departments of Neuroscience and Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, David Eagleman is the founder and director of the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law. The goal of his lab is to understand how the brain constructs perception, how different brains do so differently, and how this matters for society. His books include The New York Times bestseller “Incognito: The secret lives of the brain.” He writes regularly for The New York Times, Wired, Discover, Slate and New Scientist, and he is a repeat guest on NPR, discussing both science and literature—his twin passions. He has been profiled in The New Yorker and on Nova. Eagleman’s novel, “SUM: Forty Tales from the Afterlives,” was named a Best Book of The Year by Barnes and Noble and inspired U2 producer Brian Eno to write 12 new pieces of music, which he performed with Eagleman at the Sydney Opera House.

About The Natural History Museum of Utah

The Natural History Museum of Utah at the University of Utah is one of the leading scientific research and cultural institutions in the Intermountain West. Established in 1963, the museum cares for over 1.2 million objects and offers innovative exhibitions and educational programs to thousands of residents and visitors each year, including traveling and permanent exhibits, special events and other programs. The museum has an active research program with more than 30 scientists and 10 field expeditions each year.