Science Speakeasy – Evolution and Gender Revolution

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This Science Speakeasy celebrates gender diversity. Explore the evolutionary origins of gender with evolutionary anthropologist Stephanie Meredith, whose fieldwork with primates has taken her to Madagascar and Ethiopia. Then learn about Bay Area LBGT History with historian and award-winning writer and filmmaker, Susan Stryker.

$10

Science Speakeasy – Out of This World: From Caves to Space

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Prepare for some extreme science! First, we’ll explore the depths of our past with Alia Gurtov, one of six “underground astronaut” archaeologists who excavated the newly discovered Homo naledi fossils in Rising Star Cave in South Africa. Then we’ll explore the far reaches of our future with Ariel Waldman, founder of SpaceHack.org and author of “What’s it Like in Space?”, who will tell us what it’s like in space and share ways you can explore space too.

$10

The Power Paradox

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It is taken for granted that power corrupts. This is reinforced culturally by everything from Machiavelli to contemporary politics. But how do we get power? And how does it change our behavior? Join The Leakey Foundation, The Bay Area Science Festival and U.C. Berkeley psychologist Dacher Keltner for an evening exploring the evolution of power and learn the surprising origin of enduring power.

$10.00 – $38.28

Being Human: Born and Evolved to Run

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Why did humans become such efficient long-distance runners? How can runners avoid injury? Join Daniel Lieberman on July 28th for Being Human: Born and Evolved to Run and learn about the evolution of endurance running.

$10

Being Human: Your Brain on Art

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What is the secret of Mona Lisa’s smile? Why do Claude Monet’s fields of flowers seem to wave in the breeze? Join neurobiologist Margaret Livingstone for Being Human: Your Brain on Art and learn about the inner workings of human vision.

$10

Being Human: Our Symbolic Nature

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What makes our brains different? How did language change us as a species? Join Terrence Deacon on May 17th for Being Human: Our Symbolic Nature…. and learn more about how human language evolved.

$10

Being Human: Earth’s Tipping Point

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Join scientist Liz Hadly for an evening exploring our impact on the planet and what we can do to ensure a bright future for all of Earth’s inhabitants...

$10

Being Human: The Primates Who Tell Stories

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Join cognitive psychologist Tania Lombrozo for an evening exploring humans’ unique storytelling ability. Learn how these "stories", or explanations, are central to our sense of understanding the world around us and how we exchange ideas.

$10

Speaking of Sex…

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Why do human males often have deep voices? What does the human female voice signal to potential mates? Join us on February 16th for Being Human: Speaking of Sex…. and learn more about where our voices came from.

$10

Why Do We Laugh?

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Join cognitive psychologist Greg Bryant and scientist turned comedian Tim Lee for an evening of laughter. Half comedy show and half science talk, this month’s Being Human explores the science behind why we laugh.

$10 – $15

Our Inner Scientist

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Join Alison Gopnik for an evening exploring how understanding babies’ and young children’s ability to acquire abstract knowledge has transformed how we view human nature itself. Human beings have a longer childhood than any other animal, and during this childhood we are helpless and dependent. This long period of helplessness is responsible for our uniquely […]

$10 – $15

Being Human with Robert Sapolsky

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What makes us human? Join world renowned neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky for an evening exploring one of the most fundamental questions about our existence. Being Human mixes short talks from great minds with fun hands-on experiments, drinks, conversation, and storytelling. Each month we’ll investigate different aspects of our evolution, our behavior, and the human experience. This […]

$10 – $15