November 16, 2016

Monday, November 21, 8PM @ the Bell House, Secret Science Club presents Evolutionary Biologist Rafael Maia, FREE!

Tinder for the birds? Take flight at the next Secret Science Club with evolutionary biologist Rafael Maia, as he discusses the crazy (really crazy) mating behaviors of birds and how they are the products of evolutionary adaptation. He explores color, song, courtship displays, and weird body morphology, and connects it all to his own research on iridescence, the shimmering rainbow-like colors seen in soap bubbles, oil slicks and, yes, bird feathers

Rafael Maia works on “solving evolution’s mysteries, one feather at a time …” His research combines biology, physics, and materials science to understand the evolution and diversification of ornamental traits evolving under sexual and social selection. Dr. Maia is the Simons Foundation Junior Fellow in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology at Columbia University.

Before & After
--Raise a glass for science with our cocktail of the night, the Birds of a Feather
--Shimmy to tunes that shimmer and soar
--Stick around for the lofty Q&A

This in-flight edition of the Secret Science Club meets Monday, November 21, 8 pm @ the Bell House, 149 7th St. (between 2nd and 3rd avenues) in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Subway: F or G to 4th Ave.

Doors open at 7:30 pm. Please bring ID: 21+. No cover. Just bring your smart self!

November 15, 2016

SOLD OUT! Secret Science Club (North) presents The Selfish Gene & Beyond with Richard Dawkins, Tuesday, November 15, 8pm @ Symphony Space,

SOLD OUT! Join evolutionary biologist and best-selling author Richard Dawkins to commemorate the 40th anniversary of The Selfish Gene. In this classic work, Richard Dawkins gives a gene's-eye view of evolution that is both imaginative and powerful.
Are our bodies merely vehicles for ensuring the immortality of our genes? How can selfish genes support kindness and altruism? Why does our understanding of the evolution of life matter? 

The anniversary celebration continues and expands as Richard Dawkins discusses a lifetime of thinking and writing about science, and we commemorate the 30th anniversary of the publication of The Blind Watchmaker, the 20th anniversary of Climbing Mount Improbable, and the 10th anniversary of The God Delusion.

As our knowledge of the genome grows by leaps and bounds in the 21st century, Richard Dawkins continues to change and challenge our view of Earth's life-forms and our own human experience.

Before & After
--Raise your glass! Visit our Mixology Lab, and sample a "Gene Fizz" 
--Snag a signed copy of a special anniversary edition of Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene; and don't miss the Q&A!

Richard Dawkins is emeritus fellow of New College, Oxford, and was the University of Oxford's inaugural Charles Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science (1995-2008). He is a fellow of the Royal Society and best-selling author of such acclaimed works as The Selfish Gene, The Extended Phenotype, The Blind Watchmaker, The God Delusion, Unweaving the Rainbow, The Ancestor's Tale, The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution, The Magic of Reality, An Appetite for Wonder, and Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science.

This special edition of Secret Science Club North meets @ Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway @ 95th St in Manhattan. Subway: 1, 2, or 3 to 96th Street. Doors for both events open at 7:30pm.

November 3, 2016

It's Official!

The ballots have all been cast… the votes are in… it’s really and truly official. Secret Science Club has been chosen as NYC’s “Best Nerd Hang.” Thanks for voting for science, New York, and thanks to our good friends at the Village Voice for making Secret Science Club part of the Best of NYC® 2016.