"There's Somebody Else in My Head?" Stephen Colbert Talks to David Eagleman
Eagleman played along, dropped some ingenious lines himself (including a reference to Pink Floyd) and managed to slip in a fascinating lesson on how the brain works and why we know so little about it. We have no idea where the things we believe and think come from, Eagleman said. He explained that so much of who we are lies “under the hood of consciousness.” The conscious part of you—the part that “flickers awake” in the morning—is just the tiniest part of you. Eagleman asked Colbert to think of the brain not as a single entity, but as a team of rivals or as a Neuro parliament, with various political parties battling for control. Taken another way, the conscious part of the brain is like the CEO of a company: in charge of the long term vision, but oblivious to a lot of what’s going on with the larger day to day operations in the subconscious.
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