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What the Future Has in Store for Your Brain
For this week's Please Explain, we're?unraveling the mysteries of the human brain and heading to the?absolute frontiers of neuroscience. We will discuss?the spectacular technological advances that will enable us to map the more than eighty-five billion neurons in the brain, as well as the challenges that lie ahead in understanding the anticipated deluge of data and the prospects for building working simulations of the human brain.
Gary Marcus?is Director of the?NYU Center for Language and Music, and Professor of?Psychology?at New York University.?Ned Block is the?Silver Professor?of?Philosophy,?Psychology?and?Neural Science at New York University. Dr. Marcus's new book, The Future of the Brain: Essays by the World's Leading Neuroscientists,?features?an essay by Dr. Block arguing that high resolution images of the brain are not sufficient for?a true understanding of the mind.
Inside The Mind Of An Actor
For this week's Please Explain, we learn about a discipline very close to Martha Plimpton's heart: acting! We will be speaking to?Shonni Enelow, Assistant Professor of Drama and Performance Studies at Fordham University, and?Thalia Goldstein, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Pace University. Our guest host, Martha Plimpton, who's currently starring in A Delicate Balance?on Broadway, will also lend her expertise!
The Science of Studying Eruptions
In September, over 50 people died?during?a volcanic eruption in Japan. Iceland continues to experience its largest?continuous volcanic eruption in centuries.?On this week's Please Explain, we are talking about volcanoes: how are they formed, how dangerous are they, and?how scientists monitor them. We will be joined by?Mika McKinnon, a geophysicist and journalist with the science publication i09, and?David Schneider a USGS Research Geophysicist at the?Alaska Volcano Observatory.
Central Japan volcano Mt. Ontake erupts
Firsthand Account of the?Ontake Eruption?
How Do We Keep the Resolutions We Make? Harness The Power of Habits.
In time for New Years resolution-making (and keeping), Charles Duhigg will explain habits, why we form them, and how we can break them.?Charles Duhigg is a Pulitzer prize-winning reporter at The New York Times and author of?The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, which has sold over 1 million copies worldwide and spent over 90 weeks on several New York Times' best seller lists.
It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing
Grammy-winning bandleader?Vince Giordano?and trumpeter, vocalist, and composer?Bria Skonberg?teach us about?swing music!?They will both be appearing in Town Hall's second annual winter variety show, featuring modern takes on classic holiday songs from the early twentieth century alongside exciting collaborations in the fields of dance, storytelling and comedy.
How do Grand Juries, and Trial Juries, Influence Our Criminal Justice System?
Lauren-Brooke Eisen, Counsel in the Brennan Center's Justice Program, and Bennett L. Gershman, professor at Pace University School of Law, join us for this week's Please Explain, all about the jury system. We will dig into the history of the jury system, the difference between grand juries and trial juries, and if the structure of the jury system can influence the outcome of court cases.?
From Louis XIV To St. Petersburg To Lincoln Center: The History of Ballet
?Ballet originated in the Renaissance and was embraced by?France's Louis XIV, who danced leading roles,?designed costumes and wrote librettos. Ballet wound its way from Paris to Milan and Vienna, St. Petersburg, eventually landing in the United States.?Jennifer Homans, a?former dancer and?Director of the?Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU, and?Kevin McKenzie,?former principal dancer and currently Artistic Director with?the American Ballet Theatre, will be on the show to discuss the history of this often-misunderstood art form. ?