“The neural processes underlying that which we call creativity have nothing to do with rationality. That is to say, if we look at how the brain generates creativity, we will see that it is not a rational process at all; creativity is not born out of reasoning.”—
Rodolfo R. Llinás, I of the Vortex: From Neurons to Self
Being a graduate student at NYU has many perks. One of the best ones, in my opinion, is that we get a paid student membership to the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) for the entire duration of your Ph.D. study. Amazing, I know! Sometimes I actually feel a little guilty about not taking the maximum advantage of this opportunity. Thus, this year I have decided to be more proactive about going to the NYAS neuroscience events and actually get myself over there.
While searching for the closest upcoming events, I discovered that the majority of these events are open to everybody for a small registration fee of $10 if you are a student/postdoc/fellow or $15 if you are a nonmember.
Below is a list of the 3 upcoming NYAS Neuroscience events, but I will be posting about the other events throughout the year. Also, the NYAS events span a wide variety of topics like:
Life Sciences and Biomedical Research
Physical Sciences and Engineering
Environmental Studies and Sustainability
Science, Society and Culture
Click on the link for the full menu of upcoming events. Also, they have a Science and the Seven Deadly Sins series that seems fantastic, check it out!
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
The Thinking Ape: The Enigma of Consciousness
Panelists: David Chalmers (Australian National University), Daniel Kahneman (Princeton University, Prof. Em.), Laurie Santos (Yale University), Nicholas D. Schiff (Weill Cornell Medical College) Moderator: Steve Paulson (To the Best of Our Knowledge — WPR)
Nobel laureate psychologist Daniel Kahneman, philosopher David Chalmers, expert in primate cognition Laurie Santos, and physician-scientist Nicholas Schiff discuss the origin and nature of consciousness, with a special emphasis on what makes humans unique with respect to our cognitive, aesthetic, and ethical behaviors.
Michael J. Fox Foundation-funded investigators will discuss novel therapeutic targets for Parkinson’s disease, biomarkers for early detection and assessment of disease progression, and strategies to alleviate symptoms or to slow disease progression.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
The Mystery of Memory: In Search of the Past
Panelists: André Aciman (City University of New York Graduate Center), Joseph LeDoux (New York University), Daniel Schacter (Harvard University), Alison Winter (University of Chicago) Moderator: Steve Paulson (To the Best of Our Knowledge — WPR)
Psychologist Daniel Schacter, neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux, science historian Alison Winter, and novelist and comparative literature professor André Aciman discuss how memory impacts our perception, our personality, and our experience of the world.