Past Events

Feb. 13, 2018, 8 p.m. - Feb. 13, 2018, 10:30 p.m.

Gravitational waves are ripples in spacetime that travel at the speed of light. Exactly 100 years after being predicted by Einstein, they have finally been found. Adam will tell us why this is such a big deal, 2 days after the Nobel Prize ceremony celebrating the discovery.

This story starts a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, where two star-crossed black holes spiral into each other’s arms, the violence of their embrace briefly outshining the entire universe.

Join us for an evening of learning followed by a lively discussion! Doors at 8pm, talk begins at 8 ...

Dec. 14, 2017, 7 p.m. - Dec. 14, 2017, 10 p.m.

The last in a four part series of conversations, on everyday communisms.

The Commune Research Commune collectively produces knowledge about collective living projects. We are interested in creating discourse about new places and new strategies for resisting capital, in sharing our ideas in and beyond our own shared spaces, and in both acting our way into different modes of thinking and thinking our way into different modes of acting. We explore collective living projects. We share our intellectual space and ideas in a shared space: the research commune. Communes are built around commons, which they collectively steward; our commons is ...

Dec. 2, 2017, 7 p.m. - Dec. 2, 2017, 11:30 p.m.

TBA

Nov. 18, 2017, 6 p.m. - Nov. 18, 2017, 11 p.m.

Guest: Andres Gomez Emilsson of Qualia Computing

6-7 mingling and introductions
7-8 presentation and Q&A
8-8:30 something special to be revealed then
8:30-11 structured discussion and free-form socializing (for you to choose)


Is it possible to create a consciousness research institute that actually addresses the fundamental nature of bliss, meaning, and motivation?

In general we find that consciousness research centers take one of two forms: they either emerge within mainstream institutions, in which case they tend to adopt a vanilla mission that betrays the overarching significance of the enterprise, or they are birthed outside of mainstream circles, in ...

Nov. 16, 2017, 7 p.m. - Nov. 16, 2017, 10 p.m.

The third in a four part series of conversations, on everyday communisms.

The Commune Research Commune collectively produces knowledge about collective living projects. We are interested in creating discourse about new places and new strategies for resisting capital, in sharing our ideas in and beyond our own shared spaces, and in both acting our way into different modes of thinking and thinking our way into different modes of acting. We explore collective living projects. We share our intellectual space and ideas in a shared space: the research commune. Communes are built around commons, which they collectively steward; our commons is ...

Nov. 15, 2017, 8 a.m. - Nov. 15, 2017, 11 a.m.

This will be a critical hedonism discussion talking about demoing petplay.

Oct. 26, 2017, 7 p.m. - Oct. 26, 2017, 10 p.m.

The second in a four part series of conversations, on everyday communisms.

The Commune Research Commune collectively produces knowledge about collective living projects. We are interested in creating discourse about new places and new strategies for resisting capital, in sharing our ideas in and beyond our own shared spaces, and in both acting our way into different modes of thinking and thinking our way into different modes of acting. We explore collective living projects. We share our intellectual space and ideas in a shared space: the research commune. Communes are built around commons, which they collectively steward; our commons is ...

Oct. 24, 2017, 8 p.m. - Oct. 24, 2017, 10 p.m.

This week the amazing Dan Friedman (remember the lecture on collective decision making in ants?) is back to talk to us about art and biology:

Visual representation is an important means of communicating scientific research, as well as a powerful technology for performing scientific research. This symbiotic relationship between art and science has been reaffirmed by thinkers in all disciplines. Over the last few thousand years, the intimate relationship between Art and Biology has been especially fruitful for both partners. In this talk I will explore the intersection of Art and Biology from historical, scientific, and philosophical perspectives. Several illuminating ...

Oct. 4, 2017, 8 p.m. - Oct. 4, 2017, 11:30 p.m.

Let’s talk about “the talk”: Why is it so hard to talk about what we desire, and what we want (and don’t)? Does talking really take away the mystery? How do others do it and make it out alive? Why does it seems like the word “consent” become a buzzword overnight (and what does it even mean??)? What does it mean to really say yes, and to gracefully say no? How do we cope with rejection? What is the difference between an expectation and an entitlement? And, the million dollar question that we’ll answer tonight: how can ...

Oct. 3, 2017, 8 p.m. - Oct. 3, 2017, 11 p.m.

Be ready for an awesome lecture at the Red Vic!

What things are possible in our universe? Can we say some problems are solvable, while others are forever hopeless? Can we ever be sure of such cosmic conclusions?

The existence of quantum computation forces a humbling shift in our understanding of these questions. With the discovery of quantum mechanics, we noticed that we had massively underestimated the inherent complexity of physical systems. Quantum computers leverage this complexity to solve problems that were previously considered hopeless. This forces us to conclude that Nature can hide secrets beyond the span of human ...