The Dueling Neurosurgeons

Siamese brains. Pathological generosity. Viruses that eat patients' memories. Stroke victims who can't speak but can still sing. Until very recently, scientists had only one way to study the brain: wait for misfortune to strike and see how people's minds were transformed afterward. These people's lives laid the foundations of modern neuroscience, and their fascinating and dramatic stories expand our notions of what the brain is capable of — showing that when one part of the mind shuts down, something new and unpredictable and sometimes even beautiful roars to life. (Book signing to follow.)

(Ticketed Event)

Speakers: Sam Kean
Festival: 2015

Watch and Listen: The Brain

When Big Bird has “big feelings,” he imagines himself in a comfy-cozy nest, soothed by the smell of baking cookies. The... See more
Breakthrough research has revealed that the brain is especially open to change during specific periods in life –... See more
The Second City and Caring Across Generations have joined forces to develop a unique training program that strengthens... See more
Medical errors in hospitals rank as the third leading cause of death in the United States, exceeded only by cancer and... See more
Who are you? That question has become ever more complicated over the last decade of scientific discovery. Our genomes... See more
Whether they remain free of diagnosable disease or become afflicted by dementia, our brains inevitably change as we... See more

Pages