Darwin is famed for his 1859 book On the Origin of Species, but many people do not know that he was originally a botanist. Is Darwinism relevant today? And how do his theories match up with contemporary science? Presentations are made by David Kohn, Darwin historian, on Darwin’s Delight: The Man and His Botany; Michael [...]
Choed teacher Tsultrim Allione meets with New York University neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux to discuss the sources of fear and to explore how Buddhist practice seeks to master these deep-seated emotions. This event was presented as part of the Brainwave Festival held by the Rubin Museum of Art, dedicated to the art of the Himalayas.
Celebrated musician Moby discusses the feeling of being “in synch” while making music with Dr. Petr Janata, a scientist who has made a study of this mental state as assistant professor of psychology at the Center for Mind and Brain at the University of California. This event was presented as part of the Brainwave Festival [...]
Visionary film and theater director Julie Taymor joins Sam Wang, associate professor of neuroscience at Princeton University, and Sandra Aamodt, editor-in-chief of Nature Neuroscience, in an exploration of the workings of our brains to mark the publication of Welcome to Your Brain: Why You Lose Your Car Keys but Never Forget How to Drive and [...]
What happens in our brains as we die? Explore this question from the Tibetan Buddhist perspective, with Tibet scholar Dr. Ramon Prats, expert on The Tibetan Book of the Dead, and neurologist Dr. Kevin R. Nelson. This event was presented as part of the Brainwave Festival held by the Rubin Museum of Art, dedicated to [...]
John Ratey, associate clinical professor of Psychiatry at Harvard University, discusses his book Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain. He is in conversation with Richard Wiese, journalist and explorer. This event was presented as part of the Brainwave Festival held by the Rubin Museum of Art, dedicated to the art of [...]
“Dark retreat” (muntsam) — a form of solitary retreat that usually takes place in a cabin or cave and may last up to a few years — is known to a number of different schools of Tibetan Buddhism and Bon. Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, the only Bon teacher resident in the United States, discusses sensory deprivation [...]
Author Michael Shermer discusses his latest book, THE MIND OF THE MARKET: Compassionate Apes, Competitive Humans, and Other Tales from Evolutionary Economics, about how the latest brain imaging technologies are helping to reveal the evolutionary roots of our economic behavior. This lecture took place at the New York Academy of Sciences and was co-sponsored by [...]
“New York’s Uninsured: A History of Good Intentions and Unintended Consequences” and “Public Sector Experiments: Mandates, Medicaid, and Markets” are the two panels in this far-reaching forum. Participants include James Knickman (New York State Health Foundation), James Tallon (United Hospital Fund of New York), and Mark Scherzer (New Yorkers for Accessible Health Coverage). This event [...]
Devra Davis discusses her new book about how cancer research has been diverted and distorted. Davis is the director of the Center for Environmental Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. The discussion was held at the New York Academy of Sciences.