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Entanglement phenomena are the closest thing we have to reproducible magic, and even physicists can't agree as to what’s really going on. Is it spooky action at a distance, or retrocausality, or super-determinism of our choices? And what is a good skeptic to do when every explanatory option seems unacceptable — when nature forces us to train skepticism inward, towards our strongest intuitions? (General audiences welcome!)
Speaker Ken Wharton is Professor of Physics at San José State University. Dr. Wharton works to reconcile the two grandest physics theories (quantum mechanics and general relativity), and he is the author of popular, scientifically-accurate fiction.
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Sooner or later, humans will walk on the Red Planet. NASA scientist Pascal Lee and The Martian author Andy Weir want it to be “sooner,” and they have deep insights—both technical and psychological—about how to make it happen. Join Lee and Weir in conversation with science writer Mary Roach (Packing for Mars) for a spirited conversation on the promise and peril of humanity’s first in-person exploration of an alien planet.
Dr. Pascal Lee is the author of Mission: Mars. He is also co-founder of the Mars Institute, planetary scientist at the SETI Institute, and principal investigator for NASA's Haughton-Mars Project. Andy Weir is the author of The Martian. He is working on a new "hard sci-fi" novel (where everything is accurate to real-world physics) set in a city on the Moon. It's about a woman who, as a low-level criminal, gets in way over her head (... and high above ours).
Pascal Lee, Andy Weir, Mary Roach
Produced in collaboration with the Commonwealth Club Silicon Valley.
Dr. Richard Carrier is an expert in ancient science. Since earning his PhD at Columbia University, he has written numerous books on modern philosophy and ancient history. In this lively, illustrated talk, Dr. Carrier will compare modern science (from the Scientific Revolution to today) with science in the ancient Greco-Roman world, where science as we know it began. We will understand what the Greeks and Romans achieved — and how close they got to their own scientific revolution.
- WHAT: The Sciences in Ancient Greece & Rome: How Far Did They Get?
- WHO: Dr. Richard Carrier
- WHEN: 7pm, Wednesday, April 15, 2015
- WHERE: Chabot Space & Science Center, 1000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619
- HOW: Co-produced with Chabot Space & Science and with Ask A Scientist.
- WHY: Because we’re curious creatures.
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We spend one third of our lives asleep, yet doctors and scientists still have no complete understanding as to why. It is one of the great scientific mysteries. This talk will describe new discoveries suggesting that sleep is a highly active process, essential for improving brain functions including (1) learning, (2) memory, (3) creativity and (4) emotional regulation.
- TITLE: The Mysteries of Sleep
- SPEAKERS: Matthew P. Walker, Associate Professor of Psychology, UC Berkeley
- WHEN: Wednesday, May 7, 2014; 7:00pm
- WHERE: SoMa StrEat Food Park, 428 – 11th Street, San Francisco
- HOW: Produced in collaboration with Ask a Scientist.
- WHY: Because we’re curious creatures
- ADMISSION: FREE! Register here. (But Wonderfest needs your support to continue producing these events. Please consider even a small contribution. All donations are put to excellent use and are fully tax-deductible.)
To kindness, to knowledge, we make promise only; pain we obey. – Marcel Proust
- TITLE: DO WE UNDERSTAND PAIN? Co-presented with Ask a Scientist.
- SPEAKERS: Allan Basbaum, M.D., Professor of Anatomy, UC San Francisco
Michael Rowbotham, M.D., Scientific Director, CPMC Research Institute
- WHEN: 7:00pm, Saturday, January 25, 2014
- WHERE: Sens Restaurant, Promenade Level, Embarcadero 4, San Francisco, CA 94111 <http://goo.gl/maps/yyBPX>
- HOW: Embarcadero 4 is served well by public transit. Also, its underground garage (at the end of Clay Street, across Drumm) charges just $2.00 for 0-4 hours (with $10+ purchase).
- WHY: Because we’re curious creatures
- ADMISSION: FREE! But attendance is limited to the first 100 to register. See below.
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