PATH Auditorium South Lake Union
Tues April 3, 2018, 7:30 pm
Recommended by Rich Smith
If you're turned on by the million mysteries of the galaxy floating around inside your head, you need to familiarize yourself with the work of Michael S. Gazzaniga, the director of the SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the president of the Cognitive Neuroscience Institute. In his new book, The Consciousness Instinct, Gazzaniga advocates for an interdisciplinary approach to the study of consciousness, a subject that has suffered from overspecialization. His thinking about what biologists, philosophers, and physicists can contribute to the field of brain science is fascinating, and the chapter about the way semiotic systems relate to the difference between living and nonliving things blew my goddamn mind. His conversational prose style makes a heady subject completely approachable, and his dad-like demeanor is totally inviting. This one is a must-read.