Quite a scary and exciting thought this one, two great brains talking about brains in the ‘Taj Mahal of North Kensington’, The Tabernacle. Ruby Wax OBE (pic right) and neuroscientist David Eagleman (pic top) will be having a high powered chat. Possibly a brainstorm. Note: brainy brain people always carry spare brains around with them. Eagleman directs the Laboratory of Perception and Action at the Baylor College of Medicine, Texas and is best known for his work on time perception, synesthesia and neurolaw. His novel SUM is an international bestseller published in 28 languages. His most recent book is New York Times bestseller Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain and explores the neuroscience ‘under the hood’ of the conscious mind—in other words, all the aspects of neural function to which we have no awareness or access.
By the way, Wax has a Masters degree in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy from the University of Oxford and a Sunday Times number 1 bestselling book and theatre show, Sane New World: Taming the Mind as well as a long list of exceptional deeds that I won’t list here.
Wax will be firing on all neurones during this interview on home turf. This is what Eagleman’s website says about him and he doesn’t look that old … he is a Guggenheim fellow, a winner of the McGovern Award for Excellence in Biomedical Communication, a Next Generation Texas Fellow, (just like JR Ewing) Vice-Chair on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Neuroscience and Behaviour, a research fellow in the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, Chief Scientific Advisor for the Mind Science Foundation and a board member of The Long Now Foundation. He is an academic editor for several scientific journals. He was named Science Educator of the Year by the Society for Neuroscience, and was featured as one of the year’s Brightest Idea Guys by Italy’s Style magazine. He is founder of the company BrianCheck, the scientific advisor for the television drama Perception, and has been profiled on the Colbert Report, NOVA Science Now, the New Yorker, CNN’s Next List, and many other venues. He appears regularly on radio and television to discuss literature and science. Oh, one more thing, Eagleman is the author and presenter of a new 6 hour PBS series entitled The Brain, which will air internationally this month. As well as Eagleman you can call him Batman, Spiderman or Superman. He was Wonderboy. I need to go and lie down. Maybe under a chair.
David Eagleman in conversation with Ruby Wax. Sunday 1st November, show starts at 7.30pm, a bargain £25 includes a signed copy of The Brain, which usually costs £20. tabernaclew11.com