After Dark: (Un)Dead Science

Thursday, October 21, 2021 • 6:00–10:00 p.m. PT

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Adults Only (18+)

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Unearth the expired ideas, outdated facts, and incorrect assumptions that litter the canon of scientific knowledge. Inspired by our annual Cemetery of Dead Science, tonight's program will dig deeper into scientific theories that have been overturned by new discoveries and correction of bias, some of which still haunt us today! 

Just for Tonight:

Gone, But Not Forgotten
With Odd Salon

7:30 p.m.
Kanbar Forum, Osher Gallery 1

The history of science is filled with memorable stories and characters that ultimately passed their prime or hit a dead end. Hear tales from science past and learn what lessons we can take from them today. 

Odd Salon makes an offering to dead science with these “killer” stories unearthed from their archives. 

Aristotle was Wrong About Everything
With Miles Traer

Not Dead Yet: William Tebb & the London Association for the Prevention of Premature Burial
With Laura Rubin

The Science Behind Scary Music
  With Dan Von Hoyel

Stories in Bone
  With Kristin Hugo

Curated and hosted by Annetta Black

DJ heyLove
From Hip Hop for Change

6:30–7:45, 8:15–9:30 p.m.
Bechtel Gallery 3

Hip Hop for Change is an Oakland-based nonprofit that uses grassroots activism to educate people about socioeconomic injustices and advocate solutions through Hip Hop culture.

Exemplary Exhibits: 

Cemetery of Dead Science
Dolby Atrium

Creep through a graveyard of debunked science in our annual display of ideas that have expired. Honoring the scientific process of continual testing and revision of theories, these decorative headstones highlight some ideas that are best laid to rest. See if any of these debunked beliefs surprise you—or if you worry that any of them might come back to life!

Food and drinks will be available to purchase in our Seaglass Restaurant and at the outdoor bar in Gallery 5 to enjoy in those designated spaces during After Dark. Please note that there is no drinking or eating allowed elsewhere in the museum at this time.

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