Convergence starts this week, so this weekend I’m finally actually taking a serious look at my schedule. I somehow seem to have packed most of my panels into Thursday — I think that means I get to burn out on the first day. No! I think it means I get inspired on the first day.
Here’s what I’ll be up to. Maybe I’ll see a few of you around.
Thursday, July 6
Thursday July 6, 2017 12:30pm – 1:30pm
When, if ever, is it possible to bring a species into a new environment? What are the potential consequences. Let’s discuss the outcomes of historical examples. Panelists: Laura Okagaki-Vraspir, PZ Myers, Vernon McIntosh, Jen Dixon, Renate Fiora (mod)
Religion in the Future
Thursday July 6, 2017 2:00pm – 3:00pm
How will current religions evolve as time progresses? What new variants will arise? What about completely different religions that may come from encounters with aliens? Panelists: Lana Rosario (mod), PZ Myers, Hertzey Hertz, Samantha Bitner, Lathan Murrell
The Cosmic Perspective
Thursday July 6, 2017 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Neil deGrasse Tyson refers to the “cosmic perspective” when it comes to managing anxiety about day-to-day life. Scientists share and discuss the many facts about the universe that make modern earthly problems feel insignificant. Panelists: Dan Berliner, Melanie Galloway, PZ Myers, Luxander Pond (mod)
Apocalyptic Plagues: Threat or Ghost?
Thursday July 6, 2017 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Are we overdue for the next pandemic? Will we ever face the motaba virus or plagues like it? How have we overcome the plagues of the past. Panelists: Laura Okagaki-Vraspir, PZ Myers, richard hurley, Tim Lieder (mod), Kris Coulter
State of Science
Thursday July 6, 2017 8:30pm – 9:30pm
It’s 2017 and science is moving at a roaring pace. Let’s talk about the greatest breakthroughs this year, including both corporate and academic hits that my not get as much press. From front page to popular only within that discipline, come get inspired. Panelists: Laura Okagaki-Vraspir, Dan Berliner, PZ Myers, Vernon McIntosh, Peter Larsen (mod)
Friday, July 7
I Want To Be Ms. Frizzle: Using Sci-fi and Fantasy as Teaching Tools
Friday, July 7 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Everyone wanted to be in Ms. Frizzle’s class as a kid (well, except Arnold). Now that we’re teachers, how can we use fantastical elements in our classrooms to encourage our students and drive their learning? Panelists: Dan Berliner, PZ Myers, Michael Zecca (mod), Jen Dixon, Peter Larsen
Sunday, July 9
Face Value: Why Do We Believe False Things?
Sunday July 9, 2017 3:30pm – 4:30pm
That thing you posted.. It’s not real. Why do humans keep believing false things over and over, even though it’s easier than ever to check the facts? Discuss the history and psychology of false beliefs and how they apply to the modern, digital era. Panelists: PZ Myers, William Donohue, Kayla McGrady (mod), Sara McAtee, Lathan Murrell