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Monthly meeting of the Association for Rational Thought. Zoom link will be provided. Nanotechnology: The Limits of our Assumptions by Mark Haase Nanotechnology broadly describes technologies that achieve their effect by using nanoscale phenomena. Some nanotechnologies are centuries old, though most are from recent decades. Today, the study of nanomaterials and devices has evolved into a materials revolution. There is a vast range of these technologies, impacting all aspects of our lives. This talk explores the history of nanotechnology and the origins of its modern explosion. While doing so, we will see what these materials reveal about the limits of our understanding Mark Haase spent several years working with nanotechnology while pursuing his PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati. That research was largely focused on the synthesis and application of nanocarbon materials, especially characterizing of their properties. Since leaving the University in 2018, Mark has worked on metrology of nano- and micro-scale technologies while working at Anton Paar (a manufacturer of scientific instruments).
From "one of the most brilliant young psychologists of her generation" (Paul Bloom), a groundbreaking examination of how speech causes some of our deepest social divides--and how it can help us overcome them. We gravitate toward people like us; it's human nature. Race, class, and gender shape our social identities, and thus who we perceive as "like us" or "not like us". But one overlooked factor can be even more powerful: the way we speak. As the pioneering psychologist Katherine Kinzler reveals in How You Say It, the way we talk is central to our social identity because our speech largely reflects the voices we heard as children. We can change how we speak to some extent, whether by "code-switching" between dialects or learning a new language; over time, your speech even changes to reflect your evolving social identity and aspirations. But for the most part, we are forever marked by our native tongue--and are hardwired to prejudge others by theirs, often with serious consequences. Your accent alone can determine the economic opportunity or discrimination you encounter in life, making speech one of the most urgent social-justice issuesof our day. Our linguistic differences present challenges, Kinzler shows, but they also can be a force for good. Humans can benefit from being exposed to multiple languages --a paradox that should inspire us to master this ancient source of tribalism, and rethink the role that speech plays in our society. Zoom link will be provided.
Monthly meeting of the Association for Rational Thought. John Martin will speak about the discrimination of sensory properties (visual, gustatory, auditory, olfactory) in consciousness, and their correlation with physical properties in the (measurable and operationally definable) world. Discussion of the standard methods in psychology for demonstrating vertical correlations between phenomenological ”experiences” and genuine physical states. The talk will be concluded with a “virtual” wine tasting. Those who wish to participate can purchase a good bottle of wine and a less expensive bottle, and their characteristics will be compared. Zoom link will be provided.
Parking: The Garfield Garage on Ninth Street between Vine and Race has a nominal charge on Sunday.