After Dark Online: OK With Decay—Cemetery of Dead Science

Thursday, October 29, 2020 • 7:00 p.m. PDT

Adults Only (18+)

Free online event: Join below or via YouTube or Facebook

Here lie deceased explanations
Done in by controlled exploration.
These theories, once bold,
Can now be retold
Without fearing their reincarnation.
—co-written by Craig Anderson, Kevin Boyd, Hugh McDonald, and Megan Pruiett

On the eve of the eve of All-Hallow’s Eve, we bring one of our favorite annual events, the Cemetery of Dead Science, online. While we look to science as a trusted source for understanding the world around us, knowledge is ever-evolving. Tonight, we’ll look at debunked science from pasts both distanced and recent. We’ll also dig into the scientific process to better understand how questionable concepts can gain legitimacy.

This event features:

Full-Spectrum Science: Shorts! – The Steady State Theory with Ron Hipschman 
From our Cemetery of Dead Science, we’ve resurrected, if you will, a beautiful aesthetic idea purporting to tell us the history and future of the universe: the Steady State Theory. Unfortunately, in science, theories must withstand the scrutiny of experiment and evidence—which put the last nail in the coffin of the Steady State Theory and destined it for its final resting place: our graveyard.

Decay with Odd Salon
Hosted by Kate O’Donnell
Throughout October, we're pleased to partner with Odd Salon for stories of entropy told through the annals of science, history, art, and adventure. This week, check out:

Lysenkoism: the Once (and Future?) Crackpot Science with Marc Wilson

Horrible Lizards: How Dinosaur Reconstructions Went So Wrong with Kristin Hugo

This month’s After Dark Online is a get-together to fall apart. As autumn sets in, trees become bare, and the northern hemisphere begins to chill, we’re exploring processes of decay, entropy, and how things come apart, making way for revisions and new arrangements.