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Socrates Café

Mon, Jul 20 2015 - 6:30pm

On one Monday evening of every month the Humanities Forum sponsors Socrates Café at The Commonwealth Club. Each meeting is devoted to the discussion of a philosophical topic chosen at that meeting. The group's facilitator, John Nyquist, invites participants to suggest topics, which are then voted on. The person who proposed the most popular topic is asked to briefly explain why she or he considers that topic interesting and important. An open discussion follows, and the meeting ends with a summary of the various perspectives participants expressed. Read more »

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Why and How to Get Better Sleep

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Thu, Jul 16 2015 - 6:00pm

Roger A. Sramek, BA, MBA, Inventor; Entrepreneur; Founder, Promise, LLC; Author, Your Sleep: Wake up Refreshed! How to Reduce Pain, Lose Weight, Stop Snoring, and Get Healthy from the Promise of a Better Night’s Sleep Read more »

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San Francisco's Jewel City

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Tue, Jul 14 2015 - 6:00pm

Laura Ackley, Architectural Historian; Author, San Francisco's Jewel City Read more »

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How to Clone a Mammoth--The Science of De-Extinction

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Thu, Jun 25 2015 - 6:00pm
Beth Shapiro, Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz.
 
Could extinct species, like mammoths and passenger pigeons, be brought back to life? The science says yes. Beth Shapiro, evolutionary biologist and pioneer in "ancient DNA" research, will discuss the astonishing and controversial process of de-extinction.
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Socrates Café

Mon, Jun 22 2015 - 5:00pm

On one Monday evening of every month the Humanities Forum sponsors Socrates Café at The Commonwealth Club. Each meeting is devoted to the discussion of a philosophical topic chosen at that meeting. The group's facilitator, John Nyquist, invites participants to suggest topics, which are then voted on. The person who proposed the most popular topic is asked to briefly explain why she or he considers that topic interesting and important. An open discussion follows, and the meeting ends with a summary of the various perspectives participants expressed. Read more »

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A God That Could Be Real

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Mon, Jun 8 2015 - 6:00pm

Nancy Ellen Abrams, Author  Read more »

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A Passion for Paris: Romanticism and Romance in the City of Light

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Wed, Jun 3 2015 - 12:00pm

David Downie, Author, A Passion for Paris Read more »

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Digital Gold, The History and Future of Bitcoin

Tue, Jun 2 2015 - 6:00pm

Nathaniel Popper, Reporter, The New York Times; Author, Digital Gold

Believers in Bitcoin see it as a potential basis for a financial system free of banks and governments. So far it has made millions for some people and prison terms for others. National banking regulators are just beginning to set rules and regulations for bitcoin in light of recent scandals and its use by criminal enterprises. Read more »

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Rise of the Robots

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Wed, May 27 2015 - 6:00pm

Martin Ford, Author; Software Developer; Computer Designer Read more »

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