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01/25/2007 12:26 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Davos: The Ones that Got Away

With so much to see and do in Davos, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. There are hundreds of different "sessions" (including panels, workshops, and working lunches) taking place over the four and a half day conference -- and that doesn't include all the unofficial parties, dinners, and "nightcaps" that go on here until the wee hours of the morning.

So it's a given that even with multiple avatars you won't be able to do all that you want. It's only Davos Day 2 and I've already missed out on a number of intriguing sessions and, looking at the bulky "Programme" binder they hand out to the participants, it's clear there's much more that will be missed. Here are just a few of the sessions that for one reason or another I won't be attending:

"Creating New Body Parts." According to the programme, this session on "tissue engineering" will answer the question: "How is the interface between mechanical devices and the human body's 'wetware' driving new forms of regeneration and corrective strategies for medical intervention?" Hard to pass that one up (who among us couldn't use at least one or two replacement body parts?), but for me it's scheduled a little too soon after lunch for talk about "synthetic organs." I didn't even know I had "wetware," did you?

"Checkmate." At this session, "Anatoly Karpov, the most successful chess tournament player of all time, will challenge up to 25 opponents to a high-powered chess game, simultaneously...Open to all. Onlookers are welcome to come watch the performance." Tough to skip, but I'm more of a Parcheesi person, so I'm afraid I'll have to.

"Why Do Brains Sleep?" Given my well-documented interest in the pitfalls of sleep deprivation, it was a no-brainer (sorry) that I'd want to check out a session that promised to explore "Do leaders sleep less? What does that tell us about the quality of their decision-making?" But I decided to take a power nap instead.

Of course, not every session is designed to appeal to every Davos participant, so it's inevitable that there are some offerings that are an automatic "pass" for me. Like "Dialogue in the Dark." Here was the pitch: "This session places participants in a darkened environment to explore how people deal with sudden withdrawal of a key sense and how other senses compensate." Alas, group groping has never been my thing, so they'll have to dark dialogue without me.

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