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
Sunday, May 28
Enjoy the secrets of Chinatown—both culinary and historical—on an off-the-beaten path walking tour.
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