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

It’s not a short week when it comes to smart things to do in New York: Monday alone features the wisdom of wit, the science of coffee, and the big question “What is consciousness for?”

Monday, November 19

Brooklyn-bred philosopher Jody Azzouni (Semantic Perception; Ontology Without Borders) joins the Gotham Philosophical Society at Cornelia Street Cafe for an exploration of knowledge and awareness, and the big question “What is consciousness for?”

Get insight into the wisdom of wit with author James Geary, whose new book (Wit’s End: What Wit Is, How It Works, and Why We Need It) looks at applications of quick intelligence that range from the visual and metaphysical to the neuroscience of wit. There’s even a defense of puns. The Half King.

Developmental biologist Ruth Lehmann explores cells and reproduction at the next convening of the Secret Science Club. She’ll cover how germ cells form, how these “immortal” cells differ from others, and whether there’s “a matchmaking molecule.” The Bell House.

Whistle a happy tune at this conversation on how show tunes have entered pop culture and captivated Americans both past and present. NYU Skirball Center.

Patrick K. O’Donnell, author of The Unknowns: The Untold Story of America’s Unknown Soldier and WWI’s Most Decorated Soldiers Who Brought Him Home, talks about the major battles of WWI on the occasion of the centennial of the Armistice. New-York Historical Society.

Culinary historian Sarah Lohman looks at America’s legacy of caffeinated drinks while Jonathan Soma breaks down the science of coffee and tea, weighing costs and benefits. Caveat.

Tuesday, November 20

NYC-based sex researcher, writer, and educator Dr. Zhana Vrangalova, PhD, leads a Think & Drink session. She’ll bust seven common myths of the female orgasm, with looks at everything from genetics to romantic passion. Subject.

American art photographer Ralph Gibson looks back on his eight decades with Laurie Anderson on the occasion of the release of his new memoir, Self-Exposure. The Strand.

Wednesday, November 21

Join Caveat for an excursion down the HTML wormhole as Mark Vigeant’s Internet Explorers finds the lighter side of programming.

Explore the idea of a world to come with art historian T. J. Clark. His new book, Heaven on Earth, looks back to the afterlife understandings of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, examining the advantages of the medium of paint at time when a blasphemous comment could be fatal. McNally Jackson. 

Thursday, November 22

2018 Empire State holiday windows

Before or after giving thanks, drink in the sky-high view of the city from the Empire State Building, which is open 365 days a year.


Find our picks for the weekend here.

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