NERD NITE SF #95: Parallel Worlds, Elderly Sex, Psychometrics!

NERD NITE SF #95: Parallel Worlds, Elderly Sex, Psychometrics!

Wednesday 4/18

7:00 pm


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This event is all ages

NERD NITE SF #95: Parallel Worlds, Elderly Sex, Psychometrics!
NERD NITE SF #95: Parallel Worlds, Elderly Sex, Psychometrics!
In an infinite universe there are infinite speaker lineups, but in this one we like to think you're getting the best of them all. An astrophysicist will collapse the many-worlds theory of Hugh Everett down to a single tale, a geriatrician talks about our grayer and flappier but hopefully awesome future sex lives, and a computational psychologist shares what our digital footprints reveal about ourselves. All this plus DJ Alpha Bravo, drinks, bao, and lots of friendly nerds. Be there and be square!

"It Came From A Parallel World!" by Adam Becker

In 1957, the drunken prankster physicist Hugh Everett found good evidence for parallel universes buried in the mathematics of quantum physics. Learn the real science behind this bizarre idea -- and the real history of how Everettís idea was developed in the 1950s, almost immediately forgotten, and revived again over a decade later.

Adam is an astrophysicist, science writer, public speaker, and author of the book What is Real? The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics (, and we'll have copies available at Nerd Nite). He's also a visiting scholar in the Office for the History of Science and Technology at UC Berkeley. Adam once fought off a horde of feral geocentrists, but he still sometimes forgets that not everything revolves around him.


"Granny Still Gets It On: Aging and Sexual Health" by Laura Perry

Why are we as Americans so terrified and grossed out by the idea of older adults having sexual lives? We're just being prejudiced against our future selves. Dr. Laura Perry, a double board-certified geriatrician and primary care doctor, will talk about the many ways in which sexual lives change as time marches on. The good news: itís not all bad news! The even better news: no oneís going to ask you to think about your grandparents going at it.

Dr. Perry is a clinical associate professor at UC San Francisco in the division of geriatrics and the associate medical director of adult primary care at Highland Hospital in Oakland.


Michal Kosinski

More details to come on Michal Kosinski's talk, but his research in predicting personality traits based on social media information has assumed heightened relevance in light of the Cambridge Analytica furor. The ability of big data to ascertain sexual orientation from photos, and compile powerful personality insights from Facebook Likes that can be used for marketing or political purposes, forces us to ask some very tough questions about the future of privacy.


With: Alpha Bravo, whoíll be spinning tunes specially selected to match the presentersí themes. Follow the setlist on Twitter @djalphabravo.

Food: Delicious pork-belly bao and other bun goodness from Cross Hatch Eatery.
Venue Information:
Rickshaw Stop - Monthly Series
155 Fell St
San Francisco, CA, 94102