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Mind Puzzles, Aug 13

Jul 23, 2014   //   by Eric   //   Coming Events, Events  //  Comments Off

Mind Puzzles WonderfestWhat if our soundest, most reasonable judgments are beyond our control? Are the feelings of being rational and having free will generated by conscious decisions or involuntary brain mechanisms? Is there a way to resolve the conflict between our innate biology and our traditional beliefs? Dr. Robert A. Burton, author of A Skeptic’s Guide to the Mind, reveals what neuroscience can (and cannot) tell us about ourselves.

Burton Wonderfest

WHAT:  Mind Puzzles
WHO:  Dr. Robert A. Burton, former Chief of Neurology, Mt. Zion UCSF http://www.rburton.com
WHEN:  7:00pm (check-in at 6:30), Wednesday, August 13, 2014
WHERE:  Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, CA http://goo.gl/maps/o8jci
HOW: Produced in collaboration with the Commonwealth Club Silicon Valley. For full “Member” ticket discount, please follow these instructions:

1. Visit http://www.commonwealthclub.org/events/2014-08-13/mind-puzzles.
2. Add General Admission Member tickets into basket (2 tickets, max, per transaction).
3. Proceed to the Check Out page, and enter ticket & credit card information.
4. For the Member ID, enter WONDERFEST.

WHY:  Because we’re curious creatures.

 

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Whatever Happened to Homo erectus? Aug 20

Jul 13, 2014   //   by Eric   //   Coming Events, Events  //  Comments Off

homo erectus - wonderfestWho’s your (ancient) daddy? Did he walk upright? Could he control fire? Did he have a brow ridge that wouldn’t quit?! Then maybe he was a Homo of the erectus — not so sapient — type. Many new Homo erectus specimens have been added to the global repository in the past decades, and many new interpretations have followed. It is more that most can easily digest. Come join professor Henry Gilbert, discoverer of the Daka Homo erectus cranium, to have the Pleistocene evidence of your ancestors’ evolutionary history explained.

WHAT:  Whatever Happened to Homo erectus?
WHO:  Henry Gilbert, Assoc. Professor of Anthropology, CSU East Bay, and Researcher, Human Evolution Research Center, UC Berkeley
WHEN:  7:00pm, Wednesday, August 20, 2014
WHERE:  SoMa StrEat Food Park, 428 – 11th Street, San Francisco
HOW: Produced in collaboration with Ask a Scientist.
WHY:  
Because we’re curious.
ADMISSION: FREE – Please register.

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Science Laughs with Norm Goldblatt, July 23

Jul 13, 2014   //   by Eric   //   Coming Events, Events  //  Comments Off

Science Comedian Normal GoldblattCome laugh with Dr. Norm Goldblatt, physicist and laser engineer. He’ll take you on a tour of his crazy world that unites left and right brain. Come one come  all, young or old. NOT for geeks only. Everyone will enjoy thinking and giggling. Laugh AT him or WITH him; he doesn’t care.

Norm divides his time between working with light and making light of his work. He has performed at all the local comedy clubs as well as conferences and corporate events. His quips have been published in the San Francisco Chronicle, both in the late great Herb Caen and Leah Garchik columns. His work has been published in prestigious journals such as the ever-popular Physics Today and the Journal of Irreproducible Results. He has appeared on Public Radio’s Science Friday as well as at Wonderfest and the US Science and Engineering Festival in Washington DC. Norm has written jokes for several comics, most notably Jay Leno.

WHAT:  Science Laughs with Norm Goldblatt
WHO:  Norm Goldblatt, Science Comedian http://www.normgoldblatt.com
WHEN:  7:00pm, Wednesday, July 23, 2014
WHERE:  SoMa StEat Food Park, 428 – 11th Street, San Francisco, CA http://somastreatfoodpark.com
WHY:  Because we’re curious creatures.
ADMISSION: FREE – Please register.

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WATCH: IS ANYBODY OUT THERE?

Nov 2, 2013   //   by Eric   //   2013 Archive, Archives, Festival  //  Comments Off

The evening will begin with a lecture and slide presentation by UC Berkeley researcher Dan Werthimer.  Then Paul Salazar, the Urban Astronomer, will lead the audience in a brief tour of the night sky.  Finally, all attendees are invited to walk to a nearby site where the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers will make their telescopes available for public deep-sky observing.

If cloudy, lecture still happens.  If raining, full event is cancelled.  For weather info, call 949-391-3604.

 

Dan WerthimerDan Werthhimer is principal investigator of SETI@home and several radio and optical SETI programs at the University of California, Berkeley.  Werthimer also directs the Center for Astronomy Signal Processing and Electronics Research (CASPER), and is associate director of the Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC). Werthimer was associate professor in the engineering and physics departments of San Francisco State University and a visiting professor at Beijing Normal University, the University of St. Charles in Marseille, and Eotvos University in Budapest. He has taught at universities in Peru, Egypt, Ghana,  Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Kenya.  Werthimer is co-author of “SETI 2020″, editor of “BioAstronomy: Molecules, Microbes and Extraterrestrial Life” and “Astronomical and Biochemical Origins and the Search for Life in the Universe”.

 
  • TITLE: IS ANYBODY OUT THERE? The Search for ET with help from Eight Million Volunteers
  • SPEAKER: Dan Werthimer, principal investigator, SETI@home, UC Berkeley
  • WHEN: 7:30 PM, Saturday, November 2, 2013
  • WHERE: Cushing Amphitheater, Ridgecrest Blvd., Mount Tamalpais State Park, CA 94941
  • HOW: Presented in cooperation with Mount Tamalpais State Park, Friends of Mount Tam, Mount Tam Astronomy Program, San Francisco Amateur Astronomers, The Urban Astronomer
  • WHY:  Because we’re curious creatures
  • ADMISSION:  FREE!

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Watch: Science-Comedy Improv Blitz

Nov 1, 2013   //   by Eric   //   2013 Archive, Archives, Envoy, Festival  //  Comments Off
 Laughing Chimp

Actors meet scientists!  See what happens when experts in comedy improvisation glorify, qualify, and versify the science insights of earnest PhD students (Wonderfest’s Science Envoys)…  Laughter joins learning to capture your imagination.

 

 

  • TITLE: Science Improv Blitz
  • SPEAKER: Wonderfest Science Envoys and Improv Comedians
  • WHEN:  7:00 PM, Friday, November 1, 2013
  • WHERE: StrEat Food Park, 428 – 11th Street,  San Francisco, CA 94103
  • HOW: Presented as a public service by Wonderfest, the Bay Area Beacon of Science, and the Bay Area Science Festival
  • ADMISSION:  FREE!

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2013 Bay Area Science Festival

Oct 12, 2013   //   by Eric   //   Events  //  Comments Off

Bay Area Science Festival 2013Wonderfest-hosted Bay Area Science Festival events.  However, there are many more events going on between Oct 24 and Nov 2.  Find out more at BayAreaScience.org.

 
  • WATCH: IS ANYBODY OUT THERE? Is Anybody Out ThereThe evening will begin with a lecture and slide presentation by UC Berkeley researcher Dan Werthimer. Then Paul Salazar, the Urban Astronomer, will lead the audience in a brief tour of the night sky. Finally, all attendees are invited to walk to a nearby site where the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers will make their telescopes available for public deep-sky observing.
  • Watch: Science-Comedy Improv Blitz Science Comedy ImprovActors meet scientists! See what happens when experts in comedy improvisation glorify, qualify, and versify the science insights of earnest PhD students (Wonderfest’s Science Envoys)… Laughter joins learning to capture your imagination.