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ISB’s 2018 Consilience Event: Exploring Plasticity

May 25 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm


Awareness is at the heart of transformation.

ISB’s annual consilience event brings together two speakers who harness the power of awareness, integration and technological advancements to positively change the human experience.

Dr. Michael Merzenich’s pioneering research created a paradigmatic shift in our understanding of the human brain. Individuals have the ability to improve their cognition in shorter timescales than ever thought possible, and aging citizens can sustain cognitive function or even prevent cognitive decline. No longer must we passively accept that our brains deteriorate as we grow older, but rather the individual has the power to change his or her own brain health.

Chris Young’s vision for the kitchen has us imagining and partaking in a reality where the integration of disciplines can dramatically change an aspect of life as central to the human experience as eating. With an awareness of what’s technologically, computationally, chemically and biologically possible, we can more effectively take control over the way we experience and congregate around the archetypal and foundational principal of preparing and sharing food. Young offers a future where the perfect meal becomes a collaboration with all horizons in human, cultural and technological evolution.

We hope you will join us on Friday, May 25th, for an afternoon of “food for thought” as we hear these two world-renowned speakers transform how we perceive ourselves and our habits, and bring awareness to the active role we play in shaping and sharing our future.


May 25
2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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Institute for Systems Biology


Institute for Systems Biology
401 Terry Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109 United States
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