Nerd Nite Toronto: The Final Season.
Yep, this is it. On Sept. 22nd, we’re celebrating our sixth Annivesary and kicking off the final season of regular events. We may continue with some special events now and then, but if you’ve been debating coming to see us, now’s the time.
This event is part of national Science Literacy Week and so we’re Sciencing the hell out of it.
Doors open at 6:30, starts at about 7:00 p.m.
Tickets available at Eventbrite HERE.
Tickets are NON-Refundable, no tickets sold at the door.
Presentation 1: “Convergent Evolution and the Guy with a Botfly in his Scrotum” By Dan Riskin
One of the first things that Darwin realized about evolution was that when animals from separate branches on the tree of life evolve under similar selective pressures, they tend to start looking like one another. Dolphins have evolved a dorsal fin in the very same spot that sharks have them. Bats have evolved membranous wings that look an awful lot like those of the pterosaurs that came before them. Dan will introduce you to his favourite example of convergent evolution – two lineages of bats on opposite sides of the Earth that use bizarre adhesive organs on their wrists and ankles to hold on to the smooth surfaces of leaves. Then he’ll explore the broader implications of convergence. Do these recurring themes imply limits to the kinds of problems evolution can solve? What would that mean for limits on human potential? And most importantly, what would all of this mean for the guy who got a maggot in his scrotum?
Dan Riskin, PhD, is a television personality, scientist, author, and podcaster. He is best known in Canada as the co-host of Discovery’s flagship science program, Daily Planet. In the US and elsewhere, he is recognized as the host of Animal Planet’s show about parasites, Monsters Inside Me. Dan has talked science as a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Dr. Oz Show, and on several news outlets, including CTV, CNN, and CBS. Dan’s first popular book, Mother Nature is Trying to Kill You was a Canadian bestseller, and his weekly podcast, Recent Paper Decent Puzzle is out now. You should probably subscribe. No seriously. You should.
Presentation 2: “The Stray Shopping Cart Identification System” by Julian Montague
The major obstacle that has historically prevented people from thinking critically about stray shopping carts has been the lack of a formalized language to discuss them. Julian has removed this obstacle by creating an elaborately accurate system of identifying stray shopping carts by defining the various states and situations in which they are found.
Julian Montague is an artist, graphic designer, author and raconteur living in Buffalo, New York. He is currently fabricating an intellectual history of pest control. Julian presented at the inaugural Nerd Nite Toronto event in 2010. Join over 14k followers on his Instagram account @montagueprojects.
Trivia from Lauren and Virve, on Science. ALL the science! Prizes generously provided by Indigo!
Dates for our Final Season:
Thursday, September 22, 2016 – Science Literacy Week and Anniversary
Thursday, November 24, 2016 – (early) Holiday Nerdtacular
Thursday, January 12, 2017 – Happy Nerd Year!
Thursday, March 23, 2017 – March
Thursday, May 11, 2017 – The Grand Finale