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David Eagleman – Simplifying the Complex

David EaglemanI’ve known David Eagleman for more than 30 years.

David is a neuroscientist who teaches at Stanford. He is a best-selling author, TED speaker, host of the PBS series The Brain, and has many other outstanding contributions to his name. Known for his work on sensory substitution, time perception, brain plasticity, synesthesia, and neurolaw, David is a unique and entertaining individual

For those who aren’t familiar with David, here’s a link to his home page.


What’s fascinating about David is how he has managed to bring an element of entertainment to what otherwise might be considered a rather mundane topic – neuroscience. But by tying the science to the real world, David bridges the gap. He covers his complex topic in an easily understood and digestible manner.

David recently relocated from Houston to Silicon Valley to teach at Stanford and continue his ventures in the private sector. I suspect that we will see more great things from David Eagleman in the next few years. Keep your eye out.


Readers, are there other individuals you know who have an ability to simplify the complicated? To entertain while they inform.


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  1. Dividends Down Under

    Hey FS, David sounds like a cool guy. There’s an Australian called Scott Pape at the Barefoot investor who is great at simplifying things for Aussies. It’s good to have a few people you can rely on telling you how it is.


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    1. Financial Slacker

      Thanks, Tristan.

      I’ll check out Scott’s site.

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  2. Untemplater

    I’ll have to check out one of his TED talks sometime. The TED podcasts are some of my favorites.

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    1. Financial Slacker

      Agree. I really enjoy the TED talks as well.

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  3. Finance Solver

    There’s been one person who’s been able to communicate a complicated idea (he taught me how iPhone’s ability to track movement across a 3-D plane worked). It wasn’t really entertaining but from the way he spoke, I learned so much and I actually changed the way that I thought because of him.

    I consider him to be one of my closer friends and appreciate the friendship. Can’t wait to see David Eagleman’s successes 🙂

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    1. Financial Slacker

      I have found that you need to know your stuff pretty well to be able to explain it so that everyone can easily understand it.

      Sounds like you found one of those people.

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