This week offers quite an eclectic mix of science events around the city, from psychic detectives, learning how to remember, to hearing science cheers and rock music.
Do you love the TV show Psych? (I do) If so, come out to hear Benjamin Radford, a science-based paranormal investigator and Massimo Pigliucci, a philosopher of science at CUNY, discuss the truth about psychic detectives and weigh the scientific evidence for their claims of being able to find missing persons and solve FBI cases. This event is part of the Center for Inquiry’s Voices of Reason lecture series. The Center for Inquiry strives to foster a secular society based on science, reason, inquiry, and humanist values. While I’m pretty sure I know what the conclusion of Monday night’s discussion will be, I would love to hear the evidence and statistics for all these physics that show up on talk shows.
Tuesday night is Story Collider’s two-year anniversary. Story Collider provides a forum for scientists to tell their personal stories about science, in print, in a podcast, or live in front of an audience. This month, the theme is IAmScience, which began as a twitter hashtag for people to share how they ended up as scientists and to challenge the perceptions of who or what a scientist is. On Tuesday, four scientists will come out to share their own stories about science and how they interact with science, whether it’s writing, cheering, or singing about science. To learn more about the Story Collider and the IAmScience movement, read our guest post by Story Collider co-founder Ben Lillie over at the Of Schemes and Memes blog.
Come out to the Tenement Museum on Wednesday night for, “Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art & Science of Remembering Everything with Joshua Foer”. Foer’s book, Moonwalking with Einstein recounts his year-long quest to improve his memory, from drawing upon cutting edge research to mnemonic tricks.
Check out our Google Calendar (below) for more upcoming sciency events in New York City, and if you know of a great science event that you’d like us to add to our calendar, let us know!