Dr. Robert Burton

Thursday, June 27, 7:30 p.m.

A Skeptic's Guide to the Mind: What Neuroscience Can and Cannot Tell Us about Ourselves

Despite 2500 years of contemplation by the world’s greatest minds and the more recent phenomenal advances in basic neuroscience, neither neuroscientists nor philosophers have a decent understanding of what the mind is or how it works. The gap between what the brain does and the mind experiences remains uncharted territory. Nevertheless, with powerful new tools such as the fMRI scan, neuroscience has become the de facto mode of explanation of behavior.

A Skeptic’s Guide to the Mind is a gripping and timely book. With an engaging blend of data and cases, neurologist Robert Burton delivers an important warning that there is often more to neuroscience than meets the eye, and shares surprising insights about how our minds really work. You will never look at the space between your ears in the same way.” Adam Grant, author of Give and Take

Robert A. Burton, M.D. graduated from Yale University and UCSF medical school, where he also completed his neurology residency. At age thirty-three, he was appointed chief of the Division of Neurology at Mt. Zion-UCSF Hospital, where he subsequently became Associate Chief of the Department of Neurosciences. His writings include, three critically acclaimed novels and a neuroscience and culture column at Mind Reader (2008-2009). He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Getting Schooled by a Neuroscience Skeptic (and Coming Back for More) by David DiSalvo, May 6, 2013

Event date: 
Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
1010 El Camino Real
94025-4349 Menlo Park