To explore the mysteries of human identity, consciousness and behavior, author Jennifer Ouellette had her genome sequenced, her brain mapped, and her personality typed. She even sampled LSD. But what did she learn? The author of the new book, Me, Myself and Why: Searching for the Science of Self, takes us on an illuminating trip into the science of ourselves and asks: What makes us individuals?
Ouellette is the author of three other popular science books: The Calculus Diaries: How Math Can Help You Lose Weight, Win in Vegas, and Survive a Zombie Apocalypse (2010); The Physics of the Buffyverse (2007); and Black Bodies and Quantum Cats: Tales from the Annals of Physics (2006). She also edited The Best Online Science Writing 2012.
She has written for many newspapers and magazines, including the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times Book Review, Discover, Nature, Scientific American, Physics Today, and New Scientist. Ouellette maintains a blog called Cocktail Party Physics at Scientific American, featuring her avatar alter ego/evil twin, Jen-Luc Piquant -- and she is a co-host for Virtually Speaking Science, a weekly conversation with a prominent scientist or science writer hosted by the Exploratorium in Second Life and aired as a podcast by Blog Talk Radio.
Ouellette holds a black belt in jujitsu and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Caltech physicist Sean (M.) Carroll, who has spoken at the Center before about his books.
Lecture: 11:00am - ~12:00pm
Q & A: 12:00 - ~12:30pm
About CFI-LA: The Center for Inquiry-Los Angeles is a non-profit educational organization whose mission is to "To promote and defend reason, science, and freedom of inquiry in all areas of human endeavor." CFI organizations publish Skeptical Inquirer and Free Inquiry magazines. See www.CFIWest.org for more information, or call (323) 666-9797.
This event is part of the "Feed Your Brain" series sponsored by and held at the Center for Inquiry. http://www.cfiwest.org/calendar/index.htm.
Costa Mesa, Orange County:
This event will also repeat in Costa Mesa at 4:30pm on the same day, July 20th:
Costa Mesa Community Center
1845 Park Avenue
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Hosted by the CFI Community of Orange County. For more information on CFI-OC, email Jennifer Koontz at [masked].
Seating is first-come, first-served.
Friends of the Center for Inquiry: Free http://www.cfiwest.org/friends/index.htm.
Located in the theater on the first floor (150 maximum capacity).
Free parking in their lot at the corner of Hollywood and Berendo, in back of the building (aka The Steve Allen Theatre). If the lot fills up, there is also metered street parking.
The entrance is on the west side patio area, first floor.
CFI-LA Refreshment Stand and Bookstore:
CFI has a wonderful bookstore, so come early if you wish you see all their great books and fun stuff they have available for purchase. They also offer coffee, tea and cookies for purchase... yummy!
Optional lunch following the lecture:
As is the CFI-LA's tradition, optional lunch following the lecture is located one block away at a Thai restaurant which has an affordable extensive menu.
4852 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 9002
To view their menu: http://www.bamboohouselosangeles.com/ .