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The Mind after Midnight: Where Do You Go When You Go to Sleep? [Replay]

Live from a World Science Festival event at the New York University Kimmel Center, Eisner & Lubin Auditorium, Friday, June 3, from 8 P.M. to 9:30 P.M. ET


We spend a third of our lives asleep. Every organism on Earth—from rats to dolphins to fruit flies to microorganisms—relies on sleep for its survival, yet science is still wrestling with a fundamental question: Why does sleep exist? During Shakespeare and Cervantes’ time, sleep was likened to death, with body and mind falling into a deep stillness before resurrecting each new day. In reality, sleep is a flurry of action. Trillions of neurons light up. The endocrine system kicks into overdrive. The bloodstream is flooded with a potent cocktail of critically vital hormones. Such vibrant activity begs the question: Where do we go when we go to sleep? Based on new sleep research, there are tantalizing signposts. Join us in exploring this slumbering journey. We’ll delve into the one-eyed, half-brained sleep of some animals; eavesdrop on dreams to understand their cognitive significance; and investigate extreme and bizarre sleeping behaviors like “sleep sex” and “sleep violence.”

Join us in a discussion with leading researchers who delve into the one-eyed, half-brained sleep of some animals, eavesdrop on dreams to understand their cognitive significance, and investigate extreme and bizarre sleeping behaviors such as "sleep sex" and "sleep violence."

Moderator: Carl Zimmer
Participants:
Carlos H. Schenck
Marthew Wilson
Niels Rattenborg

Twitter: #WSF11
Live blogging by Robin Lloyd, Scientific American

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