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Gaaahhhhhh.... Wish I'd known about this earlier! 
20th-Jan-2006 01:22 pm
note to self
Unfortunately, I have a prior commitment this Saturday and can't attend, but for any food-lovers in the area who're free tomorrow...

The Fifth International Conference on Neuroesthetics: Flavors of Experience at UC Berkeley:
How do chocolate, Champagne, and Chanel No. 5 elicit such intense reactions and create long-term memories? Such an understanding can guide scientists in their research of how pleasure centers and the memory system in the brain are connected. Likewise, chefs, vintners and perfumers can learn from scientists how our brains respond to their products. At "Flavors of Experience," the Fifth International Conference on Neuroesthetics, internationally renowned scientists and artists will discuss the brain's responses to such things as gourmet food, fine wine and aromatic perfumes. Speakers include Yale University's Dana M. Small, an expert in how the brain processes flavor, and San Francisco Zen Center's Ed Epse Brown, a priest, cook and author.

The conference, which is sponsored by the Berkeley-based Minerva Foundation and the Institute of Neuroesthetics in London, is free and open to the public. Registration is required to guarantee priority seating; visit the website or call (510) 847-2191.

Note to self: check http://www.berkeley.edu/calendar more often. They have a lot of interesting things going on, often for free.
Comments 
20th-Jan-2006 09:36 pm (UTC)
Arggggh. Between that, the food blogger's conference at Ferry Building this weekend, AND a California Lawyers for the Arts workshop on art business types at Fort Mason next week I'm cursing myself for returning to LA.
20th-Jan-2006 09:46 pm (UTC)
Well, once you *are* back here, you'll have an almost-guaranteed companion to pretty much any food event you want to attend.

"Hey, Lexi, there's a food thing on Saturday at--"
"Yes!"

:-D
20th-Jan-2006 09:55 pm (UTC)
yay! btw, check your email ...
20th-Jan-2006 10:32 pm (UTC)
Ugh. I've been avoiding my email, as there's a big chunk of maintenance I need to do (unsubscribing from pretty much every email list I'm on and purging the gazillions of emails I don't want). But if there's a real reason to check it, I guess I can manage. :-)
23rd-Jan-2006 11:52 pm (UTC)
Heh. I forwarded you something from the Ranger email list.
20th-Jan-2006 10:44 pm (UTC)
"Hey, Lexi, there's a food thing on Saturday at--"
"Yes!"

Dang woman, yo are feeling better.

:D:D:D
20th-Jan-2006 10:49 pm (UTC)
It's the lightbox, I swear. I mean, I'm not gonna discontinue the Wellbutrin or the therapy, but damn does that light make a difference.
21st-Jan-2006 03:13 am (UTC)
that's wonderful, thanks for the calendar tip.
21st-Jan-2006 03:48 am (UTC)
They tend to list some pretty interesting events. Some of them are the "tickets: $40 to $80" sort, but a lot of them are cheap or free.

I just keep forgetting to follow the calendar online, and by the time I pick up a paper copy of the Berkleyan, it's often too late to go to the neat ones.
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