“Thought Exchange” lecture series

Thu Sep 24, 2015

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

120 mins 

Toronto Reference Library Elizabeth Beeton Auditorium

The human brain is the most complex known machine in the universe, yet it shuts itself off from the outside world each and every day, for hours on end. Why? This talk identifies why rest and sleep evolved in living things. The question of why we and other organisms sleep – long considered a scientific mystery – is resolved. The talk identifies that sleep serves a simple function that applies to all living things with a nervous system. The answer to why we sleep has important implications for understanding the biological basis of sleep health, and in particular mental health.

Speaker: Richard Horner, Professor in the University of Toronto’s Departments of Medicine and Physiology, and Canada Research Chair. He is the author of the book The Universal Pastime: Sleep and Rest Explained.