January 2012

North Beach Walking Tour #5

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Mon, Jan 23 2012 - 2:00pm

North Beach Walking Tour


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Michael Gazzaniga: Who's in Charge?

Thu, Jan 5 2012 - 6:00pm

Who's in Charge?  Free Will and the Science of the Brain

Michael Gazzaniga, Professor of Psychology and Director of the SAGE Center for the Study of Mind, UC Santa Barbara

Known as the "father of cognitive neuroscience," Gazzaniga makes a powerful argument for free will. The question of free will versus determinism continues to vex scientists, psychologists and philosophers, but the biological evidence is not as stridently deterministic as it is often presented. Dr. Read more »

Sramana Mitra: Capitalism 2.0

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Thu, Jan 26 2012 - 7:00pm

Capitalism 2.0

Sramana Mitra, Founder, 1M/1M Global Initiative

Mitra discusses how Capitalism 1.0 has been hijacked by speculators, and why entrepreneurial hubs should be democratized to increase the distribution of capitalism. Read more »

Arts Forum Planning Meeting

Thu, Jan 26 2012 - 5:30pm

Arts Forum Planning Meeting

Please join us and other arts enthusiasts for a discussion of programming ideas for the coming year. The Arts Member-Led Forum oversees Club programs in the fine arts, theater, dance, and music and hosts Club exhibitions.

MLF: The Arts
SF Club Office
Time: 5:30-7 p.m. planning meeting
Cost: FREE
Program Organizer:
Lynn Curtis

SV Reads 2012: Sumbul Ali Karamali and G. Willow Wilson

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Wed, Jan 25 2012 - 7:30pm

2012 Silicon Valley Reads: One Book. One Community.

Sumbul Ali-Karamali, Author, The Muslim Next Door: The Qur’an, the Media, and that Veil Thing
G. Willow Wilson, Author, The Butterfly Mosque
Mike Cassidy, Columnist, San Jose Mercury News  – Moderator

Ali-Karamali and Wilson use their personal stories as jumping-off points to shed light on the Islamic faith, cultural traditions and misperceptions about one of the fastest growing religions in America. Read more »

Dimitar Sasselov: The Life of Super-Earths

Wed, Feb 8 2012 - 6:00pm

Dimitar Sasselov: The Life of Super-Earths

Professor of Astronomy at Harvard University; Founder and Director, Harvard Origins of Life Initiative

The discovery of a new Earth, or other world, may be in our future, says Sasselov. But a truly "alien" life form is more likely to emerge from our planet's natural environment or in a petri dish at a research lab. In the past year, we have witnessed unprecedented breakthroughs in the seemingly unrelated fields of synthetic biology and exo-planetary astronomy. Read more »

San Francisco Architecture Walking Tour #10

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Thu, Feb 23 2012 - 2:00pm

San Francisco Architecture Walking Tour

This tour is sold out. Read more »

David Zetland: California's Water Future

Wed, Feb 1 2012 - 12:00pm

California’s Water Future

David Zetland, Author, The End of Abundance: Economic Solutions to Water Scarcity

How should California manage its water in the future and which incentives will motivate the biggest changes in conservation and agricultural efficiency? Which water policies and practices have backfired? Join water economist David Zetland for a fresh perspective on how we can manage our most precious resource in the 21st century and what we can learn from past mistakes. Read more »

Science & Technology Planning Meeting

Wed, Feb 15 2012 - 6:15pm

Science & Technology Planning Meeting

Join fellow Club members with similar interests and brainstorm upcoming Science & Technology programs. All Commonwealth Club members are welcome. We explore visions for the future through science and technology. Discuss current issues and share your insights with fellow Club members to shape and plan programs for the months ahead.

MLF: Science & Technology
  SF Club Office
Time: 6:15 p.m. Read more »

Thomas Frank - Author of "What's the Matter with Kansas?" and "Pity the Billionaire"

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Thu, Jan 26 2012 - 6:00pm

Thomas Frank

Please Note New Time: 6 p.m. program

Founding Editor, The Baffler; Author, What’s the Matter with Kansas? and Pity the Billionaire: The Hard Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right

Joseph Fink, President Emeritus, Dominican University of California - Moderator

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