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Exploratorium's After Dark: The Senses - November 3, 2011

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Exploratorium's After Dark: The Senses - November 3, 2011

After Dark: The Senses
Thursday, November 3, 2011,
6 – 10 pm

A heady mix of presentations and activities designed to intensify your engagement with the sensual world awaits you at After Dark: The Senses!

Without them, what would the world be like? But with them, how do we not get overwhelmed? There are five, or are there really six?  On Thursday November 3, from 6 to 10 pm, come to the Exploratorium and perceive the science behind the senses at After Dark: The Senses! Get sensual with your faculties, and discover those of some of your fellow Earth dwellers. Try out hearing like a snake and see how a blind robot can juggle. Learn about taste receptors – including those not found on the tongue – and discover by smell who you find most attractive.

Learn about the emotional power of scent with renowned expert on the psychology of smell, Rachel Herz – the author of The Scent of Desire (2007). Meet Bryan Alvarez, a synesthete from UC Berkeley, who will help you explore the usual blending of the senses known as synesthesia. What is it like when everything tastes only sweet? Find out when you drink a special herbal tea made from Gymnema sylvestre – which also tickles the taste receptors in your esophagus! Come hear a talk by Exploratorium biologist Karen Kalumuck on the amazing and strange facts behind the sense of taste – for example, did you know that a sperm and an egg have the ability to taste each other?

The evening will also include film and a special performance by the Blind Juggler robot, with a demonstration lead by Philipp Reist, a Ph.D. student of the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control. Find out how this robot can keep a ball bouncing on a paddle without using a camera ‘eye,’ microphone ‘ear’ or any sensors. You can also take a hands-on journey through total darkness in the Tactile Dome. Works by artists-in-residence will also be on view, including Paul Clipson’s hypnotic film and sound installation, and Meara O’Reilly’ work where you can ‘see sound’ as it creates geometric patterns in transmitting through sand.  The evening will be a feast for every sense.

After Dark: The Senses is a collaboration swissnex San Francisco, and is being presented in association with the Bay Area Science Festival. The Exploratorium is a proud partner in this the BASF, which runs through November 6, 2011.  For more information, visit http://www.bayareascience.org/festival.

After Dark is an adult evening program (for ages 18 years+), held on the first Thursday of every month, and is included with the price of admission.  After Dark mixes cocktails, conversation and adult-oriented programming in science and the arts.

Hours of Operation & New Evening Hours
Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm;  every Thursday evening adults only (ages 18 and up) 6pm-10pm.

$29 for adults, with lower rates for SF Bay Area residents, youth, seniors, students, teachers and the disabled. Tickets available at the door and advance tickets available online at www.exploratorium.edu/visit/tickets.

Getting Here
The Exploratorium is easily accessible by public transit. Convenient parking is available nearby. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit/location-directions

About the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits, on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world. Dedicated to education reform in and out of the classroom, the Exploratorium is a premier professional development center for educators and a creator of award-winning educational resources. Since 1969, the Exploratorium has influenced generations of entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, teachers, students, children, museum professionals and everyday doers, reaching nearly 180 million people annually from around the globe. On April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium opened at Pier 15 in the heart of San Francisco's Embarcadero, where it will celebrate a new era of experiences that encourage critical thinking and awaken wonder for generations to come. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit.

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