Hello Boston nerds and friends of nerds,
The next Nerdnite will take place Monday April 26. I know I always
say this, but it’s gonna be a real good one! As usual, the Middlesex
will play host to our nerdy gathering, starting at 8pm. DJ Claude
Money will provide the nerd-appropriate tunes.
1. No One Has Any Idea How Your Brain Works. (…and How Scientists
Are Changing That)
by Mark Histed
Mark’s main claim to fame is going to the same high school as Pam from
The Office. (Though many of his friends point out that he actually
from Archbald, Pennsylvania, he still insists that he is “from
Scranton”.) At his real job, he is a neuroscientist who is interested
in how 100 billion electrically active neurons in your brain could
possibly be connected together to control your movements, thought, and
perceptions of the outside world. Mark will give a very nerdy talk
about how we don’t understand the brain very much at all right now,
what the field is currently doing about that situation, and why he
thinks we will make serious progress in the next few years.
2. Mud, Sticks and Manure: Scatological Architecture and other Truly
Sustainable Construction Methods
by Eugenia Magann
Eugenia is an architect with a background in historic preservation.
With extensive forays into research on sustainable construction, she has
found a truth and beauty in earth, plant and fiber based structures.