Charlie Rose is on the brain

Charlie Rose 12- part Brain Series started off last night apparently (I’m in Australia, as most of you know — I miss a few things). Heidi Tan dropped us a line to let us know it was happening. The series is also supported by the Simons Foundation.

Last night’s introductory topic was ‘The Great Mysteries of the Human Brain’: consciousness, free will, perception, cognition, emotion and memory with a roundtable of brain researchers.

Charlie’s co-host and guests included Eric Kandel from Columbia University and Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Cornelia Bargmann from Rockefeller University, Tony Movshon from New York University, John Searle from University of California Berkeley and Gerald Fischbach of the Simons Foundation.

If you missed last night’s episode, according to Heidi, you can catch it again tonight on Bloomberg Television at 8PM and 10PM ET, or listen to the interview simulcast on Bloomberg Radio. Bloomberg Radio is broadcast on 11:30AM in the New York Metropolitan area and is available on XM and Sirius.

For information about the series, you can visit: When I did, it automatically loaded the first episode of the series.

Update: I just posted a piece on the fourth episode in the series that also has links to the ‘collection’ of all the episodes and a schedule of upcoming segments. Please check out, Charlie Rose is back on the brain, for more information and discussion.

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Trained as a cultural anthropologist at the University of Chicago, I have gone on to do fieldwork in Brazil and the United States. I have written one book, Learning Capoeira: Lessons in Cunning from an Afro-Brazilian Art (Oxford, 2005). I have also co-authored and co-edited several, including, with Dr. Daniel Lende, The Encultured Brain: An Introduction to Neuroanthropology (MIT, 2012), and with Dr. Melissa Fisher, Frontiers of Capital: Ethnographic Reflections on the New Economy (Duke, 2006). My research interests include neuroanthropology, psychological anthropology, sport, dance, human rights, neuroscience, phenomenology, economic anthropology, and just about anything else that catches my attention.

7 thoughts on “Charlie Rose is on the brain

  1. Watched the first in the series on the brain, excellent, please let me know the days and times when each new episode will air. I live in Arizona. My friends and family want very much to watch. Thanks

  2. The mechanics of the brain is fascinating but our guests view so called consciousness in a limited way. The brain is a mental plate and filter upon which the conscious mind and non-conscious mind reflects. In other words consciousness exists everywhere inside and outside the box of bones that defines the ‘receiver’
    we call the brain. There are in fact 5 layers of mind known well in Eastern Yoga intuitional science wheres Western physchology is stuck on the conscious, non-conscious and sub-conscious states. Everything eminates form the ‘Mind Stuff’ over a long period of time we call eveolution and results in the 5 fundamental factors – namely the solid, liquid, gaseous, etherial and aerial factors (our environment) upon which life eveolves in bilogical terms and reaches higher states of mind
    and awareness that is beyong your physical analysis.
    The states of existence are Mind, Energy, and Matter and a transmutation through and with those states in a cycle. The Generative – Operative – and Degenerative processes – “GOD’ cycle. Cheers!

  3. This series is very very enlightening. Please may I have the schedule for all 12 parts? I watch on channel 56.2 in Detroit and 27 in Seattle. I live in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
    Thank you.

  4. I had recorded Parts I and II and ended up staying up late so fascinated! Missed part III broadcast Dec. 22 and did not record. Hope Part III will be rebroadcast or at some point one may obtain the entire 12 parts. As a college Biology major in the early 1970’s a lot has changed and yet so much of the early 1900’s work is till the same. Wish I was a younger man and able to pursue this field now! In my heart I feel that I have something profound to offer. Complete transcripts are online at

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