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The Alchemist Cafe, talk on redesigning cities and societies

Hello. The Alchemist Cafe is a group that organizes wonderful, free open discussions that brings members of the public in contact with people from a range of sciences and allows us to ask any questions that we wish. The speakers and discussion are usually fascinating. There is usually some free food later too.

This talk is about how our cities and societies could be redesigned using principles discovered in the natural world. Below is an extract from the website.

"Cities and complexity
The concept of emergence has been around since the time of Aristotle with examples found all across our natural world – from the swarming of birds and fish to the collective intelligence of ants and bees. While these examples are well known, it is only in very recent years that scientists have begun to explore and understand the way that such intricate and complex patterns can arise from such relative simplicity. This new area of science has since become known as the study of ‘complex systems’ and aims to exploit our new found understanding by applying it to analogous examples in our human world.

Dr Hannah Fry from University College London will be talking about how applying these ideas to the workings of a city has the potential to directly influence the way we design our society – from transport to policing and everything in between."

Please be on time. I don't know if they will let you in late.

To find me look for my curly red hair. Also I'll try to get a seat near the camera man and will hover near the food after the talk.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks so much for posting this, Niamh - I would never have known the Alchemist Cafe existed. A great night - a lively speaker, in a pub, with free food - what's not to like!

    1 · April 24, 2013

  • DeeDee

    very interesting - thank you

    April 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Terribly sorry, but I have to change my RSVP to no for tonight.

    April 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry, i can not make it. sorry for late notice

    April 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately, I have a family celebration which I must go to!!

    April 22, 2013

  • Gavin I.

    looking for a speaker on the Korean conflict; anyone interested contact Gavin[masked] or [masked]

    April 17, 2013

  • Scott P.

    Intriguing topic - Jenn and I will attend.

    April 12, 2013

  • Stephan

    This event sounds so good I jumped and RSVPed yes - before realizing that I was thus double-booking myself that evening. Sorry about having to give this a miss.

    April 10, 2013

  • Karina

    Sounds brilliant!

    April 4, 2013

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