There are few feelings in life better than "the pleasure of findings things out," as Richard Feynman would say. I enjoy the process of kindling this pleasure in students, first by showing them how concepts from physics and neuroscience are relevant to their everyday lives, then by setting them loose to investigate whatever topics they find fascinating (projects are an important element of most of my courses). As students endeavor to explore new territory, I often learn as much from them as they learn from me--I feel fortunate that as a teacher it's my job to be continually finding out new things myself! But the very best part of being a teacher is the relationships I form with students as we together learn more about this mysterious universe of ours.
Below is a short lecture I gave on one of my favorite mysteries: consciousness.