Thought Gallery: Three Virtual Events To Keep You Busy This Week

Consider these recommendations for upcoming virtual talks, readings and more in and around New York City:

Weird Homes Tour x Atlas Obscura: Ghosts in the Machines
Tuesday, June 30, 8 p.m.
Atlas Obscura
Live stream only

Join historian and “occult archeologist” Brandon Hodge for a tour of his collection of Ouija boards and other objects used for communicating with the world beyond. He’ll also reveal his massive collection of Spiritualism artifacts, including parts of the original Hydesville, New York house where the movement originated ($10).

Science Intersecting Art: Helen Phillips on The Need with Paleobotanist Dr. Sarah E. Allen
Wednesday, July 1, 7:30 p.m.
The Center for Fiction
Live stream only

Spend an evening examining creativity, paleobotanical mysteries, and alternate realities in fossils and in fiction. Helen Phillips talks about creating her novel The Need (a National Book Award nominee and a New York Times Notable Book of 2019) with paleobotanist Sarah E. Allen, whose insight into plant fossils changed the course of the book (by donation).

Of Slugs and Men: The Neuroscience of Making Memories
Thursday, July 2, 9 p.m.
Think & Drink Different
Live stream only

Join neuroscientist Anamaria (Ana) Alexandrescu, an expert in the neurobiology of learning and memory, for a look what memories are and how they’re stored in the brain. She’ll also touch on ways the pandemic may be affecting memory, and what scientists have learned about our inner workings from the study of creatures as lowly as slugs (pay what you want).
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