I just returned from the Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla, CA. It is the coolest place! Founded by Nobel Laureate Gerald Edelman, the institute houses 40 scientists who study the brain and consciousness in small teams of two or three researchers.
Dr. Edelman’s son David, who had invited me, had arranged meetings with scientists who study the relationship between language and music, and with experts on spatial memory. I also visited the workshop of the so-called ‘Brain-Based Devices‘ team where Battlebots champion Donald Hutson builds amazing robots. After lunch with Dr. Edelman, I lectured on the principles of deception. At night, in the Institute’s beautiful theater, Dr. Edelman talked about optical and auditory illusions. Then I did a show for the scientists, their families, and supporters of the institute, gave another demonstration of a simple deception, and answered questions from the audience.
Needless to say, it was an extremely stimulating day. Thank you to everyone at the NSI for a wonderful time!
Here are some pictures from our visit: