Intersubjectivity: Constructing Social Constructs by Pete Miller
You’ve heard that various impactful entities in our lives are “Social constructs.” How are they constructed and of what? The answer is intersubjectivity, lesser known cousin of objectivity and subjectivity. You use it and it affects you all the damn time. It’s worth knowing about.
Conspiracy Geodesy: The Rocky Road from Flat Earth to Plate Tectonics (and Back Again) by Chris Gee
How did we get from the likes of Rectangle Earth to our modern planetary paradigm? And how did Flat-Earth Theory make a 21st-century comeback? This talk will weave together planetary geology, science history, behavioral psychology, and a goldmine of godawful rock puns to explore some of the ingenious ways we’ve cracked the Earth’s deepest secrets – and why we believe what we do about the world we live in.
Unwanted, Unlistenable, and Unbothered: How democracy, science, & philosophy birthed the worst song ever (and why it slaps) by navi
What makes music unlistenable? And what happens if you engineer a song SO unlistenable, it loops back around to being listenable again (or at the least, a fascinating experiment in science). Join navi as he takes a deep dive into the wacky melodic choices that make up the 1997 experiment “The Most Unwanted Song”!
“Larp & You (or, I Will Make You Even Nerdier, and That is a Threat)” by Marshall Bradshaw Have you always wondered about the dark depths of nerdiness called, “larp?” Our expert will initiate you in its arcane forms, with a personality quiz to follow.
“The Year Without a Summer (or, How a South Pacific Volcano Wrecked the Global North and Lord Byron’s Vacation)”by Rebecca Speas A journey through the colossal global fallout of a single volcanic eruption in 1815, and how it directly led to the 2004 cinematic masterpiece Van Helsing, starring Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckinsale.
“From Plenty of Fish to FishFinder: Finding Love in a Weird and Dirty World”by Tiffany Atkinson What do fish look for when trying to find true love? A question that has probably kept many of you lying awake at night. Can they be that different than us? Let’s explore these tantalizing questions and learn what’s sexy and what’s not.
The time: Sat, Feb 18th. Doors at 6, show at 6:30.