This is an interesting talk between punk musician, author, and all-around interesting guy, Henry Rollins and neuroscientist David Eagleman, author of Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain (2011). Thanks to the IEET (Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies) for posting this on their site.
Brainwave 2011 | Posted: Mar 13, 2014
Henry Rollins + David Eagleman
"The assassin of my dreams comes to destroy from the inside"
–Henry Rollins, Hot Animal Machine 2
Punk band original and (out)spoken-word artist Henry Rollins hunts down the assassin of his dreams with neuroscientist David Eagleman.
Henry Rollins joined the Southern California punk band Black Flag as vocalist in 1981. Upon the demise of the legendary rock group he formed Rollins Band and has been making records and touring the world ever since. Beyond taking the stage as a musician, Rollins does speaking dates all over the world and, along with the band dates, has averaged over one hundred shows a year for over thirty years. His most recent tour, Frequent Flyer, spanned seven months and fourteen countries.
A Grammy winner for the performance of his book Get in the Van, Rollins is not one to confine his performances strictly to the stage. He has performed in movies (Bad Boys II, Heat, and the just released The Devil's Tomb) and television shows (IFC's The Henry Rollins Show and FX's Sons of Anarchy). Henry recently filmed a few documentaries for the National Geographic Channel. hosts a weekly Los Angeles-based radio show, and runs 2-13-61, a publishing company he created to release books, CDs, and DVDs.
David Eagleman holds joint appointments in the Departments of Neuroscience and Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. His areas of research include time perception, vision, synesthesia, and the intersection of neuroscience with the legal system. He directs the Laboratory for Perception and Action and is the Founder and Director of Baylor College of Medicine's Initiative on Neuroscience and Law. Eagleman has written several neuroscience books, including Incognito: The Brains Behind the Mind (Pantheon, 2011), Wednesday is Indigo Blue: Discovering the Brain of Synesthesia (co-authored with Richard Cytowic, MIT Press), and the upcoming Live-Wired: How the Brain Rewrites its own Circuitry (Oxford University Press, 2012). He has also written an internationally best-selling book of literary fiction, Sum, which has been translated into twenty-two languages and was named a best book of the year by Barnes and Noble, New Scientist, and the Chicago Tribune. Eagleman has written for the New York Times, Discover Magazine, Slate, Wired, and New Scientist, and he appears regularly on National Public Radio and BBC to discuss both science and literature.