Nerd Nite East Bay: Bug Lessons, Exciting Deaths, Political Ads

Insights From Insects: Be Better By Anthropomorphizing Arthropods

Follow the blinking bug butt-lights into a better understanding of being human. Insects display some of the very best traits humans hope for in our own species, and offer value lessons on self-improvement. See from the perspective of rain beetles, learn how cockroaches teach us the consequences of stereotypes, discover what dung beetles display about the importance of persistence, admire the adorable optimism of baby spiders, and catch caterpillars getting comfortable with uncertainty.

Speaker: Ralph Washington Jr.

Carpe Die-em: The World’s Most Interesting Ways To Die

You love science and will die eventually anyway, so get a serious answer to the ultimate question: what’s the most interesting way to die, scientifically-speaking? Are you totally boned if you get eaten by the bone eating snot flower, or should you be Jonah-sing to get swallowed by a whale? Should you stick your head into a nuclear particle accelerator, jump into an interstellar black hole, or take a dip outside a deep-sea submarine in Speedos? Learn how science can make the most boring life turn into one hell of an obituary.

Speaker: Paul Doherty is the author And Then You’re Dead: The World’s Most Interesting Ways to Die.

It’s Morning in America Again and Again and Again: Using Cinematic Art to Sell Presidential Candidates

Television and the modern Presidency have evolved together, with great art and dirty tricks a part of the most sophisticated, cynical and successful campaigns. See the most cinematically superior campaign spots drawn from the history of presidential campaign ads, and learn how the segments reflect the changes in televisual styles and election ecology. Go back to a more HOPEful time, when It’s The Economy, Stupid stimulated the American electorate.

Speaker: Kathleen Maguire, Exploratorium

Monday, 04/24/17

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