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Stimulus/Response: A Nexus of Science & Improvisation

A session at Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism (NECSS)

Friday 5th April, 2013

8:00pm to 10:00pm (EST)

What happens in your brain at the moment of inspiration? Where do your ideas come from? Are they just a product of brain chemistry? A muse? Dumb luck? Join us as we explore the process of creation with a “real-time experiment” that places the audience right in the middle of the creative process.

Cost: $20 NECSS attendees (on sale now) / $25 general public (on sale soon)

Act One: Art & Music
Multi-instrumental musician George Hrab will improvise a sophisticated and completely unique musical performance while award-winning artist Roman Hrab creates an original artwork, both inspired in real-time by what they see and hear. This unique experience will place the audience right in the middle of the creative process.

Act Two: Science
Noted physicist and entertainer Brian Wecht will moderate a panel discussion and audience Q&A on the science of creation and improvisation. Participants will include George and Roman Hrab, Dr. Steven Novella (Assistant Professor of Neurology, Yale University School of Medicine), Dr. Heather Berlin (Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Mount Sinai School of Medicine), and members of the Upright Citizens Brigade and People’s Improv Theater.

Act Three: Comedy
New York’s top improvisers from the Upright Citizens Brigade and People’s Improv Theater will create spontaneous and hilarious comedy sketches, based only upon suggestions from the audience, a special to-be-announced NECSS speaker, and their own improvisational skills.

About the speakers

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George Hrab

Drummer for the Philadelphia Funk Authority, producer guy of The Geologic Podcast, and defender of the theory of gravity. bio from Twitter

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Brian Wecht

Scientist. Musician. Post-Cambrian. bio from Twitter

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Roman Hrab
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Heather Berlin

Cognitive neuroscientist

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Steven Novella

The host of the Skeptics Guide to the Universe podcast, and science blogger extraordinaire. bio from Twitter

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Bob Kulhan

Improv Idiot & ILLUSIONIST OF THE FUTURE! bio from Twitter

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Rachel Bitney Wecht
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Natasha Rothwell

I'm a writer, actor and comedian living and working in NYC. This worries my mother. bio from Twitter

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Micah Sherman

My new music comedy album, Please Be Seated, with @myqkaplan is available! http://tinyurl.com/cs7ezku bio from Twitter

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Dan Hodapp

You host @TheSceneNYC (improvised one-acts) at @ThePIT and you perform sketch with @BeigeUCB at @UCBtheatreNY. You speak in the second person. bio from Twitter

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Cathleen Carr

My mother was a nun and my father was a priest. bio from Twitter

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When

Time 8:00pm10:00pm EST

Date Fri 5th April 2013

Short URL

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Official session page

necss.org/…ulus-response/

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