Doubling down on the mind-brain connection.

September 30th, 2011

The city with no clocks is the location once again for my annual getaway with Donna, Katie and Margie, my three best gal pals from junior high. We are self-proclaimed Vegas Vixens, and we have the t-shirts to prove it.

Over the past decade we’ve seen some great performances here, like Cirque de Soleil’s “O,”  and the not-so-great, as in Cher’s third comeback show. We’ve been wedding crashers at the Elvis Chapel of Love and toured the spectacular Hoover Dam. Tonight will be our fifth Cirque show, “Zumanity” – yes, the “sexy” one – and tomorrow our fearless foursome will be laughing with funny man Lewis Black. It’s a weekend I wouldn’t miss for the world. But one upcoming NYC event has me wishing I could be in two places at once.

Sure, I can take in the flavor of my hometown at the New York New York hotel, complete with replicas of the Statue of Liberty, Chrysler Building and Coney Island roller coaster; but I know I won’t find a satellite hall for the City University of New York’s Graduate Center.

I didn’t get my invitation to the lecture “Linking Mind and Brain: Lessons from the Latest Neuroscience” until after the Vixens weekend had been booked. That means I’ll be missing an awesome conversation between Princeton University’s Theoretical Biophysicist William Bialek and CUNY’s Distinguished Professor of Philosophy Jesse Prinz. They are set to discuss the prospects for an integrative theory of mind and brain, a topic that holds much interest for me as personal energy trainer and much promise for understanding how it is we think.

My call is in to CUNY’s Graduate Center in the hopes of getting my hands on a recording of the presentation. Wish me luck with that. And a little luck at Bellagio’s blackjack table is also welcomed.




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