Jun 11, 2014 · 6:30 PM
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This edition of NerdNite is all about brains in collaboration with The Franklin Institute.
Come by 6:30 else you will not be able to get a seat. We cannot hold seats unless we have a large enough group assembling there by 6:00. So if you want to sit together, let me know if you can get there by 6pm.
Frankford Hall is a great Starr restaurant in N. Libs. German Beer hall style with excellent beer selections. A block from Girard MFL station and free parking all around the area.
Brandon Zimmerman: Confessions of a 19th- Century Skull Collector
When it comes to collecting skulls, no one did it better than Philadelphia’s own, Dr. Samuel George Morton. Aided by a fiercely loyal and tireless network of skull collectors, Morton amassed the world’s largest collection of skulls and redefined Philadelphia’s relationship with the dead. Featuring stories about some of Morton’s most famous skulls and infamous skull collectors - from medical dissections to bloodthirsty pirates, from raided Egyptian tombs to Philadelphia’s own serial killers - it’s bound to be the best 20 minutes of entertainment involving a disembodied head since Pee-Wee’s Playhouse. Say it with me… Meka Leka Hi Meka Hiney Ho!!
Jayatri Das: Your Brain Creates Your World
What is reality? Your brain creates a reality for you that's different from anyone else's, and scientists are still trying to figure out how your brain does it. Test your brain in a series of minds-on activities that investigate memory, attention, and language to discover how you perceive a unique world around you. What questions emerge from these "brain tricks" that will shape the future of brain science?
Ben Leach: Brains Not Guaranteed: The Stupid Schemes of Supposedly Super Smart Supervillains
If you are a fictional character with an enlarged or exposed brain, chances are you're going to eventually become a supervillain. Often, these clever creeps brag about how intelligent they are and how they are the masterminds behind the perfect plans to stop our favorite heroes and heroines. Thankfully, decades of pop culture have preserved many moments in which we're able to catch these smart scoundrels with their pants down. From B-movie brain monsters to cartoon and comic supervillains, we'll be highlighting some especially stupid moments involving fictional characters who should be in MENSA.
Plus, entertainment/interactive games with the folks from Cipher Prime!