New York Thought: Smart Things to Do in NYC This Weekend

An eating tour, great books written in prison, and the nature of consciousness highlight out picks for the best smart things to do in NYC this weekend.

Friday, May 19

The lines between the biology of the brain and the unending potentials of consciousness will be the subject of the next Scientific Controversies. Neuroscientist Christof Koch (President and Chief Scientific Officer of the Allen Institute for Brain Science) and cognitive scientist David Chalmers (Director of the Center for Mind, Brain and Consciousness at New York University) will be joined by theoretical cosmologist Janna Levin to ponder whether consciousness is a quirk or a fundamental quality. Pioneer Works.

With Betsy DeVos itching to enact a massive transfer from public education to private institutions, maybe now is a good time to look deeper into the perils of mass schooling (in contrast to the enlightenment promised by “education”). The Strand.

Saturday, May 27

Imagine yourself in H. P. Lovecraft’s shoes as a special tour traces the horror fiction master’s residency in Brooklyn, which fueled a spate of dark creativity. Boroughs of the Dead.

Enjoy a free Think Olio session that looks at “Great Books Written in Prison: From Plato to MLK.” Molasses Books.

Sunday, May 28

Salute New York’s naval history on this tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yard and its past, present, and future. BLDG 92/Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Enjoy the secrets of Chinatownboth culinary and historicalon an off-the-beaten path walking tour.

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