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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Brainwave Series at Rubin Museum of Art

The Rubin Museum's fourth annual Brainwave series examines the nature of this mysterious phenomenon of dreaming. Why do we dream? What function does this ancillary brain activity serve? Can dreams anticipate the future?

One of the 18 presentations this year was the Compass of Pleasure. Whether consuming chocolate, taking drugs, engaging in sex, or doing good deeds, the pursuit of pleasure is a central drive of the human animal. In The Compass of Pleasure Johns Hopkins neuroscientist David J. Linden explains how pleasure affects us at the most fundamental level: in our brain. The master chocolatier Jacques Torres provides the audience with samples of his most mouthwatering selections to allow participants to both experience pleasure while the process itself is being discussed.

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