Between February 21 and April 23, 2009, The Rubin Museum of Art will host its second annual Brainwave, which "explores the intersection of mind and matter with nearly fifty different events, including discussions with some of the world's premier artists and neuroscientists." Here are just some of the offerings:
Meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg meets with neuropsychologist Barbara Fredrickson to engage in the effects of positive psychology.
Stephen Mitchell celebrates the publication of his The Second Book of the Tao with a conversation on the psychology of the Taoist philosophy with neurobiologist and SUNY Professor John Kubie.
What is consciousness? To mark the publication of Alva Noë's new book, Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain, and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness, Alva Noë sits down with artist Eric Fischl to talk about how streams of consciousness work.
Why don't we eat fish guts for breakfast? Professor Paul Rozin is the leading authority on the olfactory senses of taste and smell. Here he sits down with noted chef Mario Batali to explore the edges of taste. Are we hardwired to find some things disgusting, or are these distastes acquired?
Pay attention! In her book Rapt, author Winifred Gallagher grapples with a number of provocative questions, including "Can we train our focus?" and "What's different about the way creative people pay attention?" Here she talks to performance artist Laurie Anderson about how the quality of our lives depends largely on what we choose to pay attention to.
Best-selling author Daniel Goleman discusses his new book, Ecological Intelligence, and what it means to be "green," including unearthing the hidden environmental consequences of what we make and buy.
Click here to read the full list of "Meetings of the Minds." I plan to attend and blog about at least some of these events.