Inner Cosmos with David Eagleman


Neuroscientist and author David Eagleman discusses how our brain interprets the world and what that means for us. Through storytelling, research, interviews, and experiments, David Eagleman tackles wild questions that illuminate new facets of our lives and our realities.

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Our Editor's Take

Does time really slow down when someone is in fear for their life? Can scientists develop new senses and does planetary rotation affect human dreams? The Inner Cosmos with David Eagleman podcast explores questions like these.

The host, David Eagleman, is a renowned neuroscientist, author, and Stanford University professor. He explores the big questions people come up with. Eagleman is also the CEO of Neosensory. The company makes brain-machine interfaces that help patients with sensory issues. In hosting this podcast, he draws on his background to teach listeners and keep them coming back for more.

Inner Cosmos with David Eagleman explores common and uncommon curious questions. Why did Pythagoras think that numbers had genders and personalities? Why do hunters wear orange? When people die, can they perceive the event that kills them? Listeners learn how the brain steers human behavior. Further, they explore how it creates people's perceptions of reality.

Eagleman's ability to communicate complex ideas through storytelling captivates listeners. His episode on the topic of artificial intelligence is thought-provoking. Could something like human intelligence exist in AI? He explores comparable brain functions and compares them to digital operations. He talks about neurotransmission and the information architecture of ChatGPT. Could the traditional differences between computation and human thought eventually blur? Could AI come alive in some way, become conscious or aware? In that case, is shutting it off a murder?

The Inner Cosmos with David Eagleman podcast began in March of 2023. Episodes run 30 minutes to one hour in length and air weekly. Listeners find themselves thinking about the show the more they listen. This may be a good way to explore what the host calls the "three-pound universe" in their head.

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