February’s documentary, The Brain: What makes Me?, explores the question of how the brain gives rise to our thoughts, emotions, memories and personality. The process of becoming a fully developed human takes a long time: from cradle to grave, we are works in progress. In this film, Dr. David Eagleman explores memory as an important pillar of self and reveals that rather than being a faithful record of our past, memory is fallible and often unreliable, making our life of memories more personal mythology than digital recording.
The documentary is part of the PBS series, The Brain with David Eagleman. Dr. Eagleman is a neuroscientist and a New York Times best-selling author of the books Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain and the best selling fiction book: Sum. He directs the Laboratory for Perception and Action at the Baylor College of Medicine, where he also directs the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law.
The documentary is followed by an informal discussion. Coffee and doughnuts are provided by Friends of Waukesha Public Library.