This week promises several great science events in New York City. Here are just a few:
The Tenement Museum and ProPublica are hosting a discussion on fracking from 6:30-8:00. Drillers, state regulators, environmentalists, and the media will come together to discuss whether fracking represents a solution to our energy problems or does more harm than good.
On Tuesday, Nature editor Natalie de Souza will the origin of the human condition with biologist E.O. Wilson. Wilson is a professor emeritus at Harvard University and a fellow for the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. His work on the behavior of ants has helped him gain insight into human origins and interactions. The New York Public Library is hosting this event at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, at 5th Ave. and 42nd St.
Come hear about the struggle between free will and determinism at this year’s Jack & Lewis Rudin / Charles E. Schaffner Distinguished Lecture at the Cooper Union. Michael S. Gazzinga will discuss his new book Who’s in Charge: Free Will and the Science of the Brain to show that humans are responsible for their actions.
Kaitlin Bell Barnett will be discussing her new book Dosed at Book Court in Brooklyn. Dosed explores the struggles that teenagers taking antidepressants endure, trying to separate normal teenage emotions with those that may be indicative of symptoms of a deeper cause or side effects of medication.
End your week with a little bit of silliness and a chance to win some prizes. Nerd Nite is a night of trivia followed by fun, geeky lectures. This week features presentations on the American mafia, first dates, and bugs. Nerd Nite is at the Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn.