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Thursday
May022013

Drinking Skeptically is Moving!

Drinking Skeptically is moving! This month New York City Skeptics' regular socializer will meet at a new location: Apple Restaurant and Bom Bar.

Apple is located at 17 Waverly Pl. (between Green St. and Mercer St. - map) just one block from Washington Square Park in the heart of Greenwich Village.

Apple offers reasonably-priced food and drink in a relaxed atmosphere. The ambiance allows for discussion (it's not super loud!) with plenty of room to sit, stand, and congregate.

We will meet at our regular day and time, the last Wednesday of the month (May 29) at 8PM in the FRONT of the restaurant (we will have two reserved tables, right across from the bar).

See you there!

Monday
Mar042013

Stimulus/Response Tix On Sale to General Public

Tickets to this year's NECSS 2013 kick-off show, STIMULUS/RESPONSE: A Nexus of Science & Improvisation, are now on sale to non-NECSS attendees! Even if you can't attend this year's conference, join us for this incredible evening art, improv, and education!

When: Friday April 5 @ 8PM

Where: Katie Murphy Amphitheatre (inside the Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center @ FIT),  7th Avenue and W. 27th St., NYC

Tickets: $20 NECSS attendees/ $25 non-NECSS attendees

What happens in your brain at the moment of inspiration? Where do your ideas come from? Are they just a product of brain chemistry? A muse? Dumb luck? STIMULUS/RESPONSE explores the process of creation with a “real-time experiment” that places the audience right in the middle of the creative process.

Join New York’s top improvisers from the Upright Citizens Brigade and Peoples Improve Theater, as well as NECSS-favorite musician George Hrab and multidisciplinary artist Roman Hrab, as they create unique and completely improvised performances in the areas of music, art, and comedy. Then scientist and entertainer Brian Wecht will moderate a panel discussion and audience Q&A on the science of improvisation with the performers, as well as Dr. Steven Novella and Dr. Heather Berlin.

You won’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind performance! Head to the NECSS registration page and sign up for Stimulus/Response today!

Monday
Feb252013

Public Lecture: Mark ALpert - Extinction

Extinction

When: Wednesday March 6 @ 7PM

Where: Shetler Studios, 244 W. 54th St., 12th Floor, Room: Shetler 1 (map)

Free and open to the public!

Jim Pierce hasn't heard from his daughter in years, ever since she rejected his military past and started working as a hacker. But when a Chinese assassin shows up at Jim's lab looking for her, he knows that she's cracked some serious military secrets. Now, her life is on the line if he doesn't find her first.

The Chinese military has developed a new anti-terrorism program that uses the most sophisticated artificial intelligence in existence, and they're desperate to keep it secret. They're also desperate to keep it under control, as the AI begins to revolt against their commands. As Jim searches for his daughter, he realizes that he's up against something that isn't just a threat to her life, but to human life everywhere.

Join us first for a special lecture by science-writer-turned-author Mark Alpert as he discusses the incredible sceintific and technological advances -- including those advocated by Ray Kurzweil and the so-called "Singularitarians" -- that inspired his latest book, and where those advances might one day lead humanity.

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Mark Alpert is the author of Final Theory, The Omega Theory, and Extinction. A former editor at Scientific American, he specializes in explaining scientific ideas to readers, simplifying esoteric concepts such as extra dimensions, parallel universes, and brain-machine interfaces. In his novels, he weaves cutting-edge science into high-energy thrillers that incorporate real theories and technologies.