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Grey Matter– Plastinated Brains, Morton’s Skulls, and Cerebral Supervillans

  • 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.

Speakers>>

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!



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  • Beth G.

    Great

    June 12, 2014

  • Girish

    Fun event. Good turnout by our group. Best part was meeting with members. The talks were OK. Glad most were able to make it early and sit together.

    June 11, 2014

  • Thomas F.

    loud.

    June 11, 2014

  • Girish

    The usual area is reserved till 7:00. So we are assembling near bar close to main windows. Meetup sign on table.

    June 11, 2014

  • Beth G.

    I am here. Can't reserve tables until 7. Private event up front . I am sitting at long table in back.

    June 11, 2014

    • Marc Z

      Beth I think we are the private event up front

      June 11, 2014

  • Atom

    For any hip hop fans, one of NYs finest and Drexel Law alum, Homeboy Sandman, will be performing literally around the corner at Johnny Brenda's after Nnite. He's signed to Peanut Butter Wolf's Stones Throw Records and is truly an emcee extraordinaire. Come thru if you're into that sort of thing.

    June 11, 2014

    • Atom

      My bad I'm not gonna make there by 6 so I'll get in where I fit in and look out for that red shirt and the rest of the group.

      June 11, 2014

  • Chuck B.

    Sorry I had to change my RSVP a couple of days ago, but I broke my toe yesterday and there is no doubt now that I will not be able to attend. I know you were counting on me to get there early to help save seats, but that's definitely not possible now. Thank you for your understanding and I look forward to our next event!

    June 11, 2014

  • Dawn L.

    You find the coolest stuff!

    June 11, 2014

  • Girish

    If you can come by 6, please do so to help block tables,. They have a good menu, beer and game selection to while away the time. If its the first time with our group, look for a table with a meetup sign, if we can keep one. If we are spread out, look for me and I will try to keep the group connected. Will wear a bright red shirt to make it easy.

    1 · June 10, 2014

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