Days at Cold Spring Harbor (1)
Sometimes you wish you were all of a sudden brought into another reality. A reality that you can actually lose control and transcend yourself. I just travaled back from one of such reality. It was at Cold Spring Harbor, the north shore of long island. I attended a summer course on "computational neuroscience: vision" there. It was the most intense two weeks that I had over a long time. It was like you were obsessed with something. It was a little bit like a heated love-affair. The only difference is that I committed this love affair with visual neuroscience, along with all other crazy scientists. For a continuous of 15 days, I think nothing but visual neuroscience.
1) The place
The place is amazing. It is completely isolated from the outside world. It used to be an estate of a rich person. The whole estate is located above the hill on the bay. There are three major buildings. One is called The Robertson house, which is a Victorian style white house facing a huge grassland. The bay is down the hill from the house. The Robertson house is where the boys live and where they serve breakfast every morning and serve lunch every other day. Another is called Samis Hall, which is a contemporary building and where the girls stay. It is much less stylish than the Robertson house. Every room in Samis is like a coffin, small, stuffed and without any modern entertainment. It has only one function: lodging. The third most important architecture on this estate is the Banbury center. It is a beautiful white church-like one-floor house. It is where we are having our classes and where we spent most of our time at. Banbury center is surrounded by apple trees. Inside the house, there is a big lecture room with huge wooden tables. There are about 25 mac computers constantly illuminating. That 's our love affairs are taking place.