Join Gelf at The Gallery at LPR on Wednesday, August 8 for an evening devoted to the study of tricking the mindand a magic show! Alex Stone, author of Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks, and the Hidden Powers of the Mind, will discuss his book about the culture of magic and the theoretical and cognitive underpinnings of illusion, and perform a magic show. Scott Barry Kaufman, a psychologist at NYU and expert on intelligence and creativity, will discuss unconscious intelligence and what we don’t know about what happens in our minds.
The Gallery at LPR (Official site, map)
158 Bleecker St. (between Sullivan St. and Thompson St.)
New York, NY 10012
Blocks from A/C/E/B/D/F/M/N/R/1/6 trains
Doors open at 7.
Event starts at 7:30.
There is no admission charge.
Attendees must be 21 or older, as per Le Poisson Rouge rules. (Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are under 21 and would like to attend. The farther in advance, the better; no guarantees.)
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If we are what we throw away, then what we throw away is worth a close look. Join Gelf on Monday, February 20, at 7:30 pm at The Gallery at LPR for Geeky Garbage, a look at that most overlooked aspect of the overlookedcivilization's waste. We'll have on hand the New York City sanitation department's resident anthropologist and an expert on some of the city's earliest landfills to talk about what really happens when we throw something in the trash, and how it impacts everyone.
While the Fountain of Youth has, to our knowledge, not been discovered, man has long tried to imagine a world without death and aginga quest that has taken in authors and scientists alike. Join Gelf at Pacific Standard in Brooklyn on November 17 for an evening with a writer who has imagined a postmortal universe and two researchers who are, if not unlocking the secret to eternal life, at least trying to make aging less unpleasant (and curing some nasty diseases along the way). Our three speakers will Drew Magary, a Varsity Letters alum, Deadspin contributor and author of The Postmortal; Aubrey de Grey, a gerontologist and chief science officer of the SENS Foundation, a group that works to promote 'rejuvenation biotechnologies' that could combat aging-related illnesses and, perhaps, aging itself; and Jan Viig, chair of the genetics department at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and an expert on the human genome's relationship to aging and death.
Tuesday, July 26, marks the triumphant return of Gelf's Geeking Out series to Brooklyn, at a new venue: Park Slope's Tea Lounge. We'll dissect the meaning of "wellness" with Michael Kelly Sutton, who found a better way to live by getting rid of most of his worldly possessions in his Cult of Less project; Danielle Posa, who works with the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, a massive well-being survey that has uncovered thousands of eye-popping insights about Americans; and Lew Daly, director and senior fellow at Demos, a think tank devoted to economic and social justice.
On Thursday, September 16th, we'll be hosting a very special Geeking Out devoted to the inner workings of New York City. The evening will feature Benjamin Kabak , author of popular subway blog Second Avenue Sagas discussing the MTA; Sharon Zukin, author of Naked City: The Death and Life of Authentic Urban Places, on gentrification; and Charles Komanoff, creator of the Balanced Transportation Analyzer, discussing how to optimize the city's transportation network. Please spread the word and bring your friends.
On Thursday, May 20th, we'll be hosting our grossest Geeking Out yet in DUMBO. The night will feature Gene Kaplan, author of the parasite-riddled new book, What's Eating You? and Louis Sorkin, a bedbug expert at the American Museum of Natural History. Admission is FREE. Drinks (both alcoholic and otherwise) will be available. Please spread the word and bring your friends.
On Thursday, January 21st, Gelf Magazine is hosting the geekiest Geeking Out yet. January's event is dedicated to all things Star Wars; we plan to take our readers way down into the rabbit hole of extreme Star Wars fandom, looking at how Star Wars has influenced popular culture and how fields as varied as cartography and zombie fiction have been overrun by the Force of George Lucas's creation. Speakers include Joe Schreiber, author of the zombie Star Wars novel Death Troopers and Jason Fry, the author of Star Wars: The Essential Atlas. Admission is FREE. Drinks (both alcoholic and otherwise) will be available. Please spread the word and bring your friends.
Geeking Out is off for the month of September. We'll be back on October 15th with an event on the science of alcohol and try to reschedule the linguistics event for November 19th.
Did you stumble across Gelf Magazine because of our vast subliminal advertising on other websites? Ad Nauseum author Carrie McLaren discussed the methods behind the madness of subconscious advertising at August's Geeking Out.
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