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While exiting a crowded bus, or waiting at a busy intersection, how do we know when to go? If we pass someone lying in the street, what judgments do we make?
Sharing isn't just about kids and toys—it's at the heart of some of the biggest problems facing all of us, and scientists and artists explore the way we share (or don’t) in intriguing ways. Tonight we highlight the Science of Sharing, a project funded by the National Science Foundation to create exhibits on competition, cooperation, and links between everyday interactions and larger issues such as arms races, ecosystem collapse, and climate change.
Share the experience: Bring something of personal value—that could fit inside your pocket—to trade at our Give and Take table. Or consider buying a ticket or drink for a stranger, so they may pay it forward to someone else.
Science of Sharing
With Hugh McDonald
Learn about the Science of Sharing project and investigate social behavior with Exploratorium social psychologist Dr. Hugh McDonald.
Come and Get It
With Melinda Stone
Gather ideas on food sharing with filmmaker/ instigator and USF professor Dr. Melinda Stone.
StoryCorps: Listening Is an Act of Love
Mind Cinema, West Gallery
See StoryCorps animations and learn the finer points of interviewing with StoryCorps staff.
With Ben Levy and LEVYdance
Explore intimacy, movement, and social spaces with choreographer Ben Levy and his LEVYdance ensemble.
Snap the Shore, See the Future
With the California King Tides Initiative
Find out how to document flooding during king tides and become a citizen scientist for CKTI’s photo monitoring program.
8:00 p.m. Talk
6:30–9:30 p.m. Demonstration
Bay Observatory Gallery
Meet members of OpenROV, a global community of DIY ocean explorers building open-source underwater robots.
Sumi Ink Club
With Tinkering Studio staff
Help make a topsy-turvy, detailed, collaborative ink drawing.
Phyllis C. Wattis Webcast Studio
Play games studied by game theorists and social psychologists and consider their connections to real world interactions.
Where Do You Sit?
With the Explainers
7:30, 8:30, and 9:30 p.m.
Discuss difficult questions and weigh different perspectives on how we think, feel, and interact.
Photo Hunter Gatherers
With the Explainers
Grab a card and follow it on a photo hunt—then share your evidence on Instagram and the Exploratorium website.
The Cup Game
With the Explainers
Stack cups into a pyramid with the help of three friends and experiment with the ways groups communicate to complete a simple task.
Science of Sharing Prototype Area
Share your feedback on new exhibits about cooperation, competition, and collaborative problem-solving.
More about Science of Sharing:
Science of Sharing is a project funded by the National Science Foundation to create exhibits designed to bring the scientific study of human social behavior to a broad audience. The project fosters public experimentation with cooperation, resource allocation, and collaborative problem-solving; promotes awareness of connections between these experiences and research in psychology and economics; and prompts public discussion of links between everyday social interactions and larger issues of resource depletion and group conflict, such as energy crises, arms races, ecosystem collapse, and climate change.
Science of Sharing is based on the argument that social phenomena—such as the way we perceive social situations, share resources, interpret the motives of others, and work together to solve problems—are open to inquiry and experimentation just like the physical and biological phenomena you encounter on our floor. Inviting your inquiry into such phenomena is critical, we believe, to meeting the challenges of the modern world.