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more details on tomorrow

From: Michael N.
Sent on: Monday, January 23, 2012 3:28 PM
Hi again Boston QS!

I wanted to provide more detail on what's happening tomorrow night. It'll be a different format than an evening of just talks. I'm hopeful that the QS can become a launch pad for people collaborating on projects, as well as hearing about inspiring projects.

So tomorrow night we'll have two presentations ::

One from Martin Adler, co-founder of Healthrageous (www.healthrageous.com). Martin's presentation actually comes from his own self-experience, and isn't directly connected to his professional work (though we did hear from Healthrageous' CEO, Rick Lee, a few meetups back.) Martin will be talking about the recovery process he went through, where he recovered from a broken back and diagnosed severed nerve to his foot. Through informal self-experimentation, he's been able to recover an athletic lifestyle, and he'll be talking about that story. One of the things I find most interesting about his story was that he initially lost mobility in some of his toes, and (as I understand it) was told that was a permanent disability. He since has been able to reverse that.

The other talk will be from Alan Bachers who will be discussing his work with using neurofeedback (via an EEG setup) with groups of people. He will also be bringing his neurofeedback device to demo on anyone interested. Which I am personally psyched about.

After that will be doing an informal showcase and breakout session, for people to present stubs of project ideas, brainstorm, and hopefully find collaborators. People are welcome to come and just spectate, or to get ideas going. The students in my current Quantified Self studio will be showcasing their projects informally. They've been exploring projects like:

* trying to adapt to a polyphasic sleep schedule (and using Zeos to assess how much REM sleep is happening)
* comparing video gaming to reading and television in terms of effects on cognitive speed, via math tests
* seeing how well people play a driving simulator when listening to loud music and texting at the same time
* going out on the street and seeing how many people take flyers from a girl who is dressed up in different costumes (examples include "Cow Costume," "Pretty" (like Cosmopolitan) and "Provocative (Slutty)")

And they'll be showcasing their projects and taking feedback on it. I know there'll be at least one or two other project pitches there -- if you have a QS project or platform you'd like feedback on, please bring it along.

That's all. I hope to see you tomorrow at 7! 

Michael / Nagle

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