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I got the last piece of Spanish omelette at the coffee place this morning - the last bite was full of artichoke heart - and Tanner had a galette with apples and cherries inside. The coffee shop was full of babies and kids and there was a little apricot poodle chillin outside. Tanner was facing the window and kept seeing people run into people they knew, walking in opposite directions and stopping to chat for a second on the sidewalk. We ate surrounded by our bags from the greenmarket - eggs, broccoli, grade B maple syrup, beer. I got bacon and kombucha from the grocery store. I never expected Northern Manhattan to turn into quite the hipster paradise, but you will hear no complaints from me, other than on the fact of tomorrow’s Hudson kayaking being cancelled. (Last weekend I kayaked next to a family of geese, four adults and five goslings. We made it almost all the way to the Bronx.)
Chowhound was right.
Pork loin roast is too lean for the slowcooker. Not sure how that’s possible, since you can slow-cook fucking chicken breasts, but oh well. Trust the internet.
I mean, it’s fine. But they were right.
I burned my arm on the inside of the 500 degree oven. We have burn cream in the house because once, on a night much like tonight, I did something similar and Tanner ran out to get me burn cream. So there’s that nice thing about needing to put burn cream on half my arm.
Also it sounds like there is a parade going down Broadway right now. 8:07 Sunday night. Drums, horns, car horns. Inwood, you are so fucked up.
The science/writing group I’m in is hosting this event. It’s free! Carl Zimmer and Robert Krulwich are moderating, and it’s going to be awesome.
Does the brain’s wiring make us who we are?
Two leading neuroscientists debate maps, minds and the future of their field.
6:30pm Cocktails, 7pm Program
Full announcement and tickets at connectome.eventbrite.com
What will be the next big breakthrough in neuroscience? What will finally explain how brains work, how they fail in disease, and what makes us each unique? Some neuroscientists believe that research would be radically accelerated by finding and deciphering “connectomes,” maps of connections between neurons. Funding agencies are wagering millions of dollars on the idea that connectomics will be as fundamental to neuroscience as genomics is to molecular biology.
But others disagree, arguing that maps of the brain by themselves cannot offer much insight into how this remarkable organ does its job. Just as a genome by itself is only a blueprint with little power to explain how an organism works, a connectome is at best a framework with little power to explain brain function. Should neuroscience make it a priority to launch a significant connectomics program, diverting human and financial resources from other worthy goals?
Join us as leading “connectomist” Dr. Sebastian Seung defends his position in public against the formidable neurophysiologist Dr. Anthony Movshon. Award-winning science writer Carl Zimmer teams up with co-creator of NPR’s Radiolab, Robert Krulwich, to moderate this debate on neural cartography, guiding the audience through both known and unknown territory as we ask the question: Are brain maps the future of neuroscience or an empty promise?
FREE AND OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC
Sponsored in part by the Dana Foundation
Does anyone in NYC have a baby/pet safety gate (for a doorway) that I could borrow for a week or so?
I can pick it up from you today.
Meg and Bull need your help.