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Science and Ideas Group

When:
Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM
Where:
Ashby Village Office
1821 Catalina Avenue
Berkeley, CA  94707

510-204-9200
Contact(s):
Gerald Abrams
Category:
Interest Group
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When: Every 2nd Wednesday of the month, 3:00-5:00 pm

Where:  Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley

Open to: All

Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible



Join a dynamic group of individuals who enjoy sharing and discussing science-focused topics. Each month the group selects a new topic to focus on via their online email forum. Speakers and/or readings often support the lively discussions.  This month three members of the Science and Ideas group have offered to present scientific articles of their choosing.  Their topics are:

"Old Age" is Made Up - and this concept is hurting everyone" ,  the social science aspect of aging. Charley Tart:  Our culture has classified essentially all older people as non-producers, as only consumers of resources, therefore useless. It strikes me that evolution has selected for us to be part of groups, tribes, each carrying our share of the burden of survival. When you get defined as useless, you tend to get depressed and die. Data lend support to this idea.

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/614155/old-age-is-made-upand-this-concept-is-hurting-everyone/


“Why do some people believe in science while others fear science, and believe in the impossible?”  
 Allan Griff shares his thoughts on these issues, which will be emailed to the members and will be available in hard copy at the meeting.  A related issue is on the web, “What Actually is a Belief? And Why is it so hard to Change?”  https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/finding-purpose/201810/what-actually-is-belief-and-why-is-it-so-hard-change


An Archaeological Puzzle on the Danube” 
Gerry Abrams:  Researchers still debate the precise dating of different settlements at Lepenski Vir, a famous archaeololgical site in what is now Serbia, and nearby sites, but agree on the essential fact that the sites capture a record of the meeting and mixing of two cultures and peoples.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/20/science/archaeology-europe-migration.html 

It is hoped that those in attendance will read these articles too and share their ideas and questions.
 

Future monthly areas of focus will be posted here once finalized.




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