The Frontal Cortex

Self Comes to Mind

There’s no way in hell I deserve to be on the stage at this incredible event, but I’m so honored to be included:

Yo-Yo Ma performs the world premiere of Self Comes to Mind, a musical composition by Bruce Adolphe, composer in residence at the Brain and Creativity Institute and resident lecturer of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, based on an evocative exploration of the evolution of human consciousness written especially for this collaboration by neuroscientist Antonio Damasio, Director of the Brain and Creativity Institute at University of Southern California, and author of Descartes’ Error, The Feeling of What Happens, and Looking for Spinoza. The performance includes brain images by Hanna Damasio as part of sound-reactive video compositions directed by Diego Miralles in collaboration with Meemle and based on a video by Ioana Uricaru. The premiere is followed by a conversation with Antonio Damasio, Yo-Yo Ma, and Bruce Adolphe on mind, consciousness, creativity, and the collaboration behind Self Comes to Mind. The discussion will be moderated by Jonah Lehrer, Editor at Large, Seed Magazine and author of Proust Was a Neuroscientist.

Not surprisingly, the performance is sold out, but I promise a blog summary on Monday. In Proust Was A Neuroscientist, when I wrote about the importance of genuine art-science interactions, in which each culture is inspired by the other, this is exactly the sort of thing I was imagining.


  1. #1 Luci
    April 30, 2009

    Don’t be so modest. Here’s the payoff for being a crosslink between art and science and for being able to communicate effectively.
    Sounds like an amazing event: enjoy every moment. Monday’s TFC should be fine reading.

  2. #2 jb
    April 30, 2009

    So much good stuff happening these days, in no small part due to your effort, Jonah! Congratulations.
    Another event it would have been nice to be present for happened at MIT last night April 29. Richard Davidson and Daniel Goleman spoke about “Rethinking Human: The Emergence of Contemplative Neuroscience” at one of the inaugral events for the opening of the new Dalai Lama Center for Ethics at MIT. I’m told there will be videos posted later. Go to

  3. #3 scott crawford
    May 1, 2009

    Don’t think. Enjoy.

  4. #4 mox
    May 1, 2009

    gosh, tickets are sold out – any set aside for readers of this blog?

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