Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Alpinist Kurt Diemberger + Philip Liberman, Brainwave: Rubin Museum of Art, February 29

presents BRAINWAVE

Mind the Altitude
Kurt Diemberger + Philip Lieberman

Wednesday, February 29
7:00 PM
$20/18 for Rubin Museum Members/5 Student Rush
Ticket includes:
6:15 Mnemonic Art Tour in the galleries
6:45 Karma Chain on the spiral staircase
7:00 Program in the theater
8:30 Book signing

Alpinist Kurt Diemberger sits down with mountaineer and neuroscientist Dr. Philip Lieberman to explore how memories are shaped by extreme environments and how the brain copes with the effects of altitude.

The accomplished alpinist Kurt Diemberger, born in Austria in 1932, is one of the world's most influential climbers. He is the only living person to have the distinction of two first ascents on the world's 8,000-meter peaks, both climbed without supplemental oxygen. He is the author of two fascinating autobiographical works, Summits & Secrets and Spirits of the Air. His portrayal of K2 The Endless Knot is especially powerful given that he was one of only two climbers to have survived the 1986 disaster on the world’s second-highest mountain in 1986.

Presented in association with the American Alpine Club (NY Chapter).

For tickets and full details visit: www.rmanyc.orc/brainwave


150 WEST 17TH STREET, NEW YORK CITY 1 www.rmanyc.org 212.620.5000 x344

Now in its fifth year, Brainwave brings people from diverse walks of life together to engage with neuroscientists in one-on-one conversations in order to better understand the workings of our minds.

Starting February 2012 we will focus on how memory is processed in the brain. “Central Asia is home to some of world culture’s greatest feats of memory. The 12th century epic poem of King Gesar, the early mythic king of early Tibet, is assessed at a million verses long, for example. Tibetan Buddhist culture in particular makes use of ‘artificial memory’ in retaining sacred teachings through the form of elaborate iconography in painted and sculptural form. In this year’s series we will look at the role of memory has played in the past, and the debatable role it plays in our contemporary cut-and-paste culture.” - Tim McHenry

Presenting Sponsor: METLIFE FOUNDATION

Brainwave 2012 is made possible, in part, by support from the Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism.

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