Monday, October 18, 2010

First Anniversary of Moxie!

In this month last year, Science with Moxie was born. Happy Birthday to SwM!

If you're local to the NC Triangle region and feel like celebrating with me, the best way to do that would be to go and check out the opening reception of Waves of Mu at the Duke University Institute for Brain Sciences tonight. 

Waves of Mu is a performance art installation by Amy Caron that focuses on mirror neurons, which are a type of neuron that is responsible for helping us to identify with others. For example, when watching someone stub their toe or wipe out on a bike, you might wince in response due in part to the workings of this type of neuron in your brain. The weird thing is that these neurons fire no matter whether you stub your toe or your friend does. This leads them to also be known as the "empathy neuron." 

I'll have a more detailed post up explaining mirror neurons later this week, but if you can't drop by opening reception tonight from 5 - 9 pm, you still have time to see the performance itself that's running at Duke from October 20th - 30th. It's free, but tickets need to be reserved here at the Institute's website

UPDATE: All performances all sold out! But you can still go to the opening reception tonight starting at 5 pm, and there is still a waitlist for the two performances on Saturday October 30th. Hurry!


  1. I missed the reception last night but will go to the performance tomorrow night. Did you get tickets for one of the performances?

    Oh, and see you tonight at the blogger bash!

  2. Awesome! Let me know what you think of it (without spoiling, haha). I've got tickets to the Thursday night performance. Glad I planned ahead!

    See you tonight! :)