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Me, Myself & Why: What Science Has to Say About Who We Are & How We Got This Way

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 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.

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].

Admission Fees:
Seating is first-come, first-served.
Friends of the Center for Inquiry: Free
Public: $8
Students: $4 

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. 

Bamboo House
4852 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 9002

To view their menu: .

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent presentation.

    July 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am a late arrival. I will be in the lobby after the program if you want to coordinate for lunch. White sport shirt, dark green slacks, black loafers. 7oh[masked]

    July 20, 2014

  • Shery

    Hey V. Sitting together and having lunch afterwords sounds good. Can you also send out your number in case we can't find you?

    July 19, 2014

    • Shery

      Thanks for the feedback Jen. Hope you have a wonderful day.

      July 20, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks so much for the kind wish. I wish the same for you.

      July 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will attending the Costa Mesa session, anyone would like to meet afterwards to share ideas - plz post.

    July 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi members, for those who'd like to sit together and also to join for lunch, I'd like to suggest meeting at the little tables next to the bookstore. Just look for each other's photo and ask if they are with this group. Anyone is welcome to post what they'll be wearing or how to find them. Enjoy the lecture!

    July 15, 2014

  • Shery

    This sounds very interesting! Is the group meeting in a certain place before the lecture starts?

    July 10, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Shery, at this time this is a No Host Event. However, feel free to post where you'll be waiting and ask others to join you. Anyone is welcome to hold up a B&C sign so our members can gather together. I hope you enjoy the lecture!

      July 10, 2014

    • Shery

      Thanks for the info and getting back to me V.

      July 11, 2014

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