Scientific American MIND speaks with neuroscientist David Eagleman about his latest project  –  January 1, 2016

For many people of a certain age, the original 1980s PBS series Cosmos was a major event—a stunning love letter to astronomy that provided a novel way of thinking about ourselves and our place in the universe. Neuroscientist David Eagleman counts himself among those moved by Cosmos. He sees it as a model for his ambitious PBS series, The Brain with David Eagleman, a six-hour exploration of what has been called the most complex object in the known universe, the gelatinous mass that, somehow, makes us who we are. Eagleman answered questions from contributing editor Gareth Cook about the new show, which premiered in October. A fuller version of the interview appears online in Mind Matters, which can be found at An edited transcript follows.

Your first episode addresses the question of how the brain “creates” reality. Can you explain what you mean by this and what is so challenging about trying to answer it?