Minnie Driver, David Eagleman, Scent Of The Science And Law discussed on Minnie Questions with Minnie Driver


And my grandfather was born in 1883. I had a proper Victorian for a grandfather. So my grandfather was born in 1879, it turns out. What? Yeah, he was 50 years old when he had my father and my father was getting close to 50 when he had me. That's bananas. It was really interesting being taught to grow tomatoes by a 97 year old grandpa. Yeah. And my mother was always making jokes about are you sure girls are allowed to grow tomatoes? Hello, I'm Minnie Driver. Welcome to the mini questions season two. I've always loved priests questionnaire. It was originally a 19th century parlor game where players would ask each other 35 questions aimed at revealing the other players true nature. It's just the scientific method, really. In asking different people the same set of questions, you can make observations about which truths appear to be universal. I love this discipline. And it made me wonder, what if these questions were just the jumping off point? What greater depths would be revealed if I ask these questions as conversation starters with thought leaders and trailblazers across all these different disciplines. So I adapted Proust questionnaire and I wrote my own 7 questions that I personally think are pertinent to a person's story. They are. When and where were you happiest? What is the quality you like least about yourself? What relationship real or fictionalized to find love for you? What question would you most like answered? What person place or experience has shaped you the most? What would be your last meal? And can you tell me something in your life that's grown out of a personal disaster? And I've gathered a group of really remarkable people, ones that I am honored and humbled to have had the chance to engage with. You may not hear their answers to all 7 of these questions. We've whittled it down to which questions felt closest to their experience or the most surprising or created the most fertile ground to connect. My guest today is the neuroscientist and author, David eagleman. I'm not sure I've ever heard a really long conversation with a polymath before. But you sure don't forget it when it's over because, you know, you keep waking up thinking about things they said and it spans everything from quantum spirituality to philosophy to neuro law and science to coffee in IHOP. David writes about the brain and how it constructs perception and how different brains do so differently. And how much that matters for society. Here's among many other things, the executive director of the scent of the science and law, which is a nonprofit that sets out to improve the legal system by importing our knowledge about the human brain, which then gives options for rehabilitation beyond mass incarceration. He's written tons of books and you will read and be astonished by all of them. He said something that I think about a lot. He said he was interested in exploring the vastness of

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