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Nerd Nite PDX #17 – Thinky and the Brain: Mental Processes in Humans and Animals

Nerd Nite is a monthly event that strives for an inebriated, salacious, yet soundly academic vibe. We aim to entertain, educate, elucidate, enlighten, and other things that start with “e.” Be there and be square.

When: Tuesday, July 1, 2014, doors at 6:00pm, event at 7:00pm
Where: Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton Street, Portland
Cost: $8.00 online advance tickets, $10.00 suggested cover at the door
Food & Drink: Beer, wine, popcorn, and snacks available at the Clinton Street Theater. There are several restaurants in the neighborhood, and you’re welcome to bring food into the theater with you.

Note for Meetup Members: This event is also open to the public. We'll have signs up for you to meet and sit together, or you're welcome to sit wherever you'd like.


This Nerd Nite will feature two speakers:


Hedonists vs. Puritans: The Balance in Your Brain 

Our brains are a complex interworking of systems that drive and regulate our bodily functions and behaviors. The limbic system is responsible for our appetites — for food, flight, and…uh…fornication — and the frontal cortex helps regulate those urges so we can make rational decisions. The frontal cortex is what keep our basic desires in check so we can function in society without getting arrested or in trouble. But what happens when the balance between the limbic system and the frontal cortex gets disturbed, such as with traumatic brain injury? Come hear from Dr. Courtney Takahashi, neurologist at OHSU, how the parts of our brains work together to make us act the way we do.


Does Your Dog Feel Guilt? Thinking Realistically About Animal Emotions
Do monkeys have a sense of fairness? Do dogs feel guilt? Common sense and intuition tells us that yes, they do. Animals are normally viewed as variations on our kind - feathered, scaled, or furry versions of people - and their mental lives in relation to how they measure up to us. However, is that actually true? Current thinking in the field of comparative cognition departs from this kind of human-centered approach, and instead seeks to understand other animals on their own terms, rather than on ours. Come hear Dr. Tim Hackenberg, psychology professor at Reed College, talk about what we can learn from other animals by keeping our human biases in check.


Via Productions Website
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*A note on the suggested cover: Nerd Nite is supported by money collected at the door. We are committed to offering education opportunities to adults who want to learn, so if $10 is a hardship for you, please come anyway and donate what you can.

Nerd Nite Portland is hosted by Via Productions, LLC, http://www.viaproductions.org
For more information, contact Amanda Thomas at [masked]

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  • Scott

    Was I the only one who picked card #3 in the Wisconsin sorting test? Should I proceed straight to Dr. Takahashi's ward for diagnosis and treatment?
    It was the only one that didn't match at all so it was unique.

    July 2, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Not only that, but it could be "the rule" as the game changes. Choose the one that doesn't match.

      1 · July 2, 2014

    • Amanda T.

      Scott, is your last comment a reference to the dairy in Wisconsin?

      July 2, 2014

  • Joanne

    Amanda, I hope you can do more events at the Clinton Theater. Great location!

    2 · July 2, 2014

    • Kathleen

      Except the heat at end.

      July 2, 2014

    • Amanda T.

      Kathleen: agreed! It's just that we had so many hot people in the audience we couldn't help but raise the temperature.

      July 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is kinda random but we don't have a lot of friends in the area, and I was wondering if anyone would like to join us on a party bus for my birthday this Saturday (it's the same night as this meetup event).

    This is the event: http://www.shanghaiportland.com/ai1ec_event/outrageous-karaoke-crawl-all-karaoke-all-night/?instance_id=155

    Anyway it would be nice to meet new people, especially since we can't often make it to these meetups. :)

    June 12, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm not much of a party bus person, but I hope you have a lovely birthday and maybe I'll see you at the next nerd nite! I've lived in Portland for about five years, so I might be able to introduce you to folks/places/fun things.

      July 2, 2014

  • Steven P.

    Would anyone like to meet me at Dots around 5 for food and drinks and conversation? Its just across the street from the theatre. There's also Clinton Street Pub if we just want to get our drink on.

    1 · June 30, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      In the air conditioning on the bar side. Feeling conspicuous with the sign, even though it's dark. See you soon.

      July 1, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      This turned out great. I suggest we spread the love to all the restaurants in the area, and rotate from place to place.

      July 2, 2014

  • Sheree G.

    The description says you can print out your advance-purchase tickets but it's LIES! Will-call only. I would have paid the extra $2 to not have to stand in another line....

    July 1, 2014

    • Amanda T.

      Hi Sheree -- sorry about the confusion on that! We will have two lines at the theater tonight and one will be specially for Will Call so we'll definitely get you in more quickly. Hope that works for you, but please feel free to contact me at amanda [at] viaproductions.org if you want to chat about it further.

      July 1, 2014

    • Sheree G.

      Thanks for the explanation! =)

      July 1, 2014

  • Brian H.

    Excited for this topic!

    2 · June 16, 2014

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