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  • The Strange Science of Sleep and Dreams

    Friday, November 9, 2012 | 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    The New York Academy of Sciences

    Presented by Science & the City and The Imagine Science Film Festival

      • Registration Closed

    In collaboration with the 5th Annual Imagine Science Film Festival, Science & the City presents a panel that will explore dream worlds and the subconscious. What is the mind doing while we sleep and what do animals dream about? The panel will include special guest, David Randall, New York Times best-selling author of Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep. Other panelists include filmmaker Alan Berliner; sleep researcher Erin J. Wamsley, PhD; and neuroscientist Matt Wilson, PhD. The Rubin Museum of Art's Tim McHenry will moderate.

    Panelists will not only discuss scientific findings, but also tales of sleeping and dreaming from film and literature. By bringing together the arts and sciences, you'll gain a wide perspective on everything from emotional and personal narratives about dream-states to the most innovative brain imaging studies have transformed the way we define consciousness. In addition, the audience will experience a live demonstration of "The Dream Machine," an early device created to simulate REM sleep.

    Wine and cheese reception to follow.

    Registration Pricing

    Member $15
    Nonmember Student $20
    Nonmember $25