The DC Science Café, founded by Ivan Amato in 2011, provides an opportunity for the public to become directly engaged in open, facilitated, curiosity-driven discussions about the scientific discoveries and technologies that fascinate, enlighten, amuse, befuddle, terrify and otherwise move us. These discussions will cover everything from the origin of the universe to the ethical dilemmas that accompany new reproductive technologies to the magical materials still latent within the Periodic Table of the Chemical Elements.
Our aim is to give the general public an opportunity to participate in lively and important discussions about the consequential scientific discoveries and issues of our times. No science background required!
DC Science Cafés happen roughly every two months at Busboys and Poets’ 5th and K St location near downtown Washington, D.C. For more information or to be notified about future events, contact Ivan Amato, founder and facilitator of DC Science Café, at DCScienceCafe@dcswa.org
One of our time’s most uplifting and profound adventures of discovery has been the hunt for exoplanets—planets circling other stars. In our most local neighborhood of the Milky Way, scientists have confirmed the presence of 1000s of planets circling our Sun’s closest stellar neighbors. Coming are new observational tools and techniques that many suspect will enable us, in our lifetimes, to enjoy the superlatively profound moment when researchers detect the first signs of life beyond Earth. For a rare insider view on this great adventure, join exoplanetary scientist R. Paul Butler, one of the earliest and now most prolific exoplanet hunters, and Steven J. Dick, an astronomer and historian of science who has devoted his career to chronicling humanity’s profound and complex curiosity about other worlds and the life those other worlds might harbor.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Busboys and Poets, 235 Carroll St, NW, Takoma Park
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The scientific enterprise is a precious jewel in humanity’s narrative. It’s been the most reliable basis for uncovering provisional truths about how the world works, for technological innovation, and for decision-making on scales ranging from the personal to the global. But as Dan Sarewitz, co-director of the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes at Arizona State University, sees it, the common and long-held claim that the self-direction of science accounts for its social benefits is a myth and has led to alarming flaws in science’s organization, funding, and reward systems. The most important foundation of the scientific enterprise — trust in its fundamental validity and social value — is now at risk, he says. Join Sarewitz and Will Thomas, an historian of science and a policy analyst at the American Institute of Physics, for an historically-anchored discussion about what ails science and what the remedies might be, the social benefits we should expect from our massive investment in science, and what’s at stake if we ignore inconvenient truths about the present state of scientific inquiry.
Monday January 24, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Busboys and Poets
1025 5th St., NW, D.C.