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Discover the Tibetan Buddhist view of the mind with Geshe Lhakdor. He discusses how awareness and sensory information (sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch) are perceived through different forms of consciousness, and how Buddhist practitioners investigate their inner mental experiences to better understand their experience of the world around them. In this special lecture given at After Dark, Dr. Emiliana Simon-Thomas relates scientific studies of contemplative practices. Dr. Simon-Thomas is Science Director for the Greater Goods Science Center at UC Berkeley. Her current research examines the conceptual nature, experiential properties, and biological underpinnings of positive states like compassion, as well as the potential for cultivating these states and related acts of altruism. Edward O. Wilson has revolutionized science and inspired the public more often than any other living biologist. Now he is blending his pioneer work on ants with a new perspective on human development to propose a radical reframing of how evolution works. Dr. Wilson visited the Exploratorium recently and spoke to staff and a group of invited students.
Take a stroll in Golden Gate Park at dusk and if you’re lucky, you’ll hear a sound perhaps unexpected: the hooting of wild owls. Jessie Bushell of the San Francisco Zoo debunks some common myths about owls while introducing us to several rescued owls currently living at the zoo—from a 3-ounce northern saw-whet owl that was hit by a snowmobile to a 10-pound Eurasian eagle owl confiscated from a smuggler.
The end of an era is near: In movie theaters across the country, film projectors are rapidly being replaced by digital projectors. Paul Clipson, projectionist at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, gives us what may be a last-chance look at the tools and techniques—including lightning reflexes—at work in 35 mm film projection.
What happened to your stacks of wax? From handmade record players to DJs scratching new sounds, explore unique uses of an old-school material. In this age of iPods and MP3s, the vinyl record (still) stands as an object of curiosity and ongoing admiration. What’s the real difference between a 78 and a 45? Why do they call it “cutting a record” when an album is recorded? Music enthusiast Wade Wright of San Francisco takes us back in time to explain the history and technology of vinyl records.
Senior Exploratorium Scientist, Paul Doherty demonstrates how you can make your own sun viewer. You can safely view sunspots, eclipses and transits with this equipment that you may have laying around the house!
To learn more about the upcoming Transit of Venus visit: http://www.exploratorium.edu/venus/question3.html Beneath the 100-year-old piers that will soon house the new Exploratorium, highly specialized divers are working around the clock to repair and restore a part of the museum that most people will never see: the 1,200 concrete piles—sunk into the bay mud—that support the piers. Every winter, the Exploratorium’s Science of Cocktails event presents the artistry of master mixologists shaken with the science behind the craft. Guest mixologists will join us from popular San Francisco bars to mix delicious cocktails, while guests participate in interactive science experiments about alcohol, inebriation, hangovers, cocktail creation, and more.
Music by Wayne Grim