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“Ask a Scientist” Night of Magic & Comedy | Stanford

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE
Geology Corner Auditorium (Stanford) | 450 Serra Mall, Bldg. 320, Palo Alto, CA

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Ask a Scientist: Fun Nerdy Lectures and Q&A | SF

Ask a Scientist is a casual, educational, entertaining lecture series that takes place at cafes and other informal venues around San Francisco.

The talks feature an expert speaker on a scientific topic, a short presentation, and the opportunity to ask all those burning questions that have been keeping you up at night. No tests, grades, or pressure — just food, drinks, socializing, and conversation about the mysteries of the universe.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Neuroscience of Magic | Ask a Scientist: Fun Nerdy Lectures and Q&A | SF

From ancient conjurers to quick-handed con artists to big ticket Las Vegas illusionists, magicians throughout the ages have been expertly manipulating human attention and perception to dazzle and delight us (or scare us, or steal our watches).

Of course you know that the phenomena of cognitive and sensory illusions are responsible for the “magic” of a magic trick, but you’ve got to admit it still kind of freaks you out when some some guy in a top hat defies the laws of nature right in front of your eyes. Come meet neuroscientist Adam Gazzaley and magician Robert Strong as they team up to demonstrate how magicians use our brains as their accomplices in effecting the impossible — and to explain what scientists can learn about the brain by studying the methods and techniques of magic.

Speakers: Adam Gazzaley, UCSF Neuroscientist; and Robert Strong, the Comedy Magician
Location: Stanford’s Geology Corner Auditorium (Rm #105 in Bldg #320 of Stanford’s Main Quad). Parking Structure #2 (corner of Panama and Via Ortega) is the closest place to park.
Eats: This venue does not offer food, but there are nearby options for dinner.
This event is presented in partnership with Wonderfest and Stanford’s Humanist Community.

Disclaimer: Please double check event information with the event organizer as events can be canceled, details can change after they are added to our calendar, and errors do occur.

Cost: FREE
Categories: *Top Pick*, Eating & Drinking, Geek Event, Lectures & Workshops
Address: 450 Serra Mall, Bldg. 320, Palo Alto, CA