Dr. David Eagleman

411: Optimize Your Brain For Better Health, Performance, and Fulfillment

How can you train your brain to unlock more joy and success in your life?

Diving deep into this exciting question is today’s guest, Dr. David Eagleman, a revolutionary thinker and trailblazer in the world of neuroscience.

As an esteemed Stanford professor and intrepid explorer of the human brain, David’s contributions to the field of neuroscience are significant. He has pioneered studies on the brain’s plasticity, sensory substitution (the process of using a different sense to replace or make up for the lack of another), the function of dreams, time perception, and so much more.

And David is not just a scientist and professor—he’s the best-selling author of 8 books on neuroscience, the host of a PBS television series on the brain, and the host of his own podcast, ‘Inner Cosmos,’ which dives deeper into the intersection of brain science and technology.

And if that wasn’t enough, he’s also the founder of two incredible companies (both of which we discuss in this episode).

Remarkable. I really love the places David took us today.

In our conversation, David shares how an optimized brain could be the gateway to anchoring ourselves in the present moment, unlocking our potential, and living a more vibrant life.

We also explore:

  • The pivotal role of novelty in sharpening our brain’s performance
  • How to shape our future behavior
  • A simple personal practice that can alter our perception of time
  • The recent events surrounding Hamas and Israel through the lens of brain science, David’s studies on propaganda, and the dynamics of in-groups and out-groups (as well as some ways in which we can approach these devastating issues with self-care)
  • And the transformative power of broadening our perspectives, challenging our own biases, and embracing deep, meaningful dialogues

So, whether you’re someone in pursuit of optimizing your mind for peak performance or just wanting to think and feel more deeply, this is a thought-provoking conversation you won’t want to miss. 

I can’t wait for you to dive in.

“One of the most important things you can do for your brain is to constantly challenge it.”

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