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Luminaries

In the quest to gain a clearer view of human nature, we at Being Human have sought out the people who have made a unique contribution to the growing understanding of our species. Neuroscientists, psychologists, philosophers, primatologists, and more, we feature these brilliant minds, who we call Luminaries, and a brief introduction to their work.

Many of them were speakers at Being Human 2013, as indicated by this symbol:

  • Robert Sapolsky

    Neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky is one of the world's leading neuroscientists...
  • Helen Fisher

    Professor of Anthropology... Helen Fisher is an anthropologist specializing in the study...
  • Joshua Greene

    Associate Professor... Joshua Greene is a philosopher, experimental psychologist, and...
  • Beau Lotto

    Neuroscientist Beau Lotto is a neuroscientist fascinated with human perception...
  • V.S. Ramachandran

    Professor of Psychology... V. S. Ramachandran is a giant in the field of neuroscience who...
  • Jonathan Haidt

    Professor of Ethical... Jonathan Haidt is a social psychologist who studies how and...
  • Christof Koch

    Professor of Cognitive... Christof Koch is a neuroscientist specializing in determining...
  • Daniel Kahneman

    Professor of Psychology... Daniel Kahneman is a world-renowned researcher and theorist...
  • Charles Darwin

    Naturalist If there were one luminary whose science work established the...
  • Richard Davidson

    Professor of Psychology... Neuroscientist Richard Davidson was named one of the 100 most...
  • Susan Fiske

    Professor of Psychology... Susan Fiske is a psychologist known for her work in the field...
  • Justin Garcia

    Assistant Professor... Justin Garcia is an evolutionary biologist, specializing in...
  • Hazel Rose Markus

    Professor in the Behavioral... Hazel Rose Markus is a social psychologist who studies how an...
  • Antonio Damasio

    Professor of Neuroscience... Antonio Damasio is a leading neuroscientist investigating the...
  • Frans de Waal

    Professor of Primate... Frans de Waal is a primatologist who is fascinated by what primate...
  • Michael Gazzaniga

    Professor of Psychology... Michael Gazzaniga is a leading psychologist and researcher in...
  • Daniel Gilbert

    Professor of Psychology... Daniel Gilbert wants to know what makes us happy. He is known...
  • William James

    Psychologist A psychologist, philosopher, and physician, William James was...
  • Paul Ekman

    Psychologist Paul Ekman is a pioneering psychologist in the study of emotions...
  • Laurie Santos

    Professor of Psychology... Laurie Santos researches the evolutionary background of the...
  • David Eagleman

    Neuroscientist David Eagleman is a neuroscientist best known for his work on...
  • Thomas Metzinger

    Professor of Philosophy... Thomas Metzinger is one of the foremost thinkers and researchers...
  • Steven Pinker

    Professor of Psychology... Psychologist Steven Pinker has been instrumental in asserting...
  • Daniel Dennett

    Professor of Philosophy... Daniel Dennett is a philosopher and cognitive scientist renowned...
  • Patricia Churchland

    Professor of Philosophy... Patricia Churchland is a thinker noted for her contributions...
  • Dan Ariely

    Professor of Psychology... Dan Ariely is a behavioral economist whose work shows that humans...
  • Albert Einstein

    Physicist Albert Einstein is the archetype of a genius scientist; his...