CALL AND RESPONSE: Ransom Stephens and the reality interface

On Saturday, March 22nd at 7:30pm, The Emerald Tablet is thrilled to present an experiment in arts and lectures, combining performance and presentation in the form of Call and Response.

The evening will begin with a talk by Ransom Stephens, Ph.D. that explores the science behind the different ways our brains process sensory data. Here’s a description of the talk, entitled “The Reality Interface:”

Every emotion, every memory, every concept — however abstract or concrete — everything you know ultimately comes from five sensory inputs. We’ll take a rollercoaster ride through the science of how the brain processes data from the senses, how it affects our perceptions of reality, how reality differs for different people, and how it might appear from the senses of a sperm whale (Earth’s greatest predator, which has perhaps the most advanced sensory system). Along the way, we’ll reach as high as consciousness, as low as prejudice, and emerge with an understanding of the interaction between our minds and realities both “real” and virtual and how our opinions result from that interaction.

After the talk we’ll have a Q&A, followed by a break. Then, the Shelton/Dutton/Rankin-Parker/Pearce Quartet will play a set of improvisational music inspired by Stephens’ presentation and the ensuing discussion.

Ransom StephensRansom Stephens is a science writer and novelist who spends a great deal of time doing science, yelling at Raiders games, and drinking beer. As a physicist, he discovered the particle R(1525) and was on the team that discovered the top quark. His novels include The Sensory Deception and The God Patent (both from 47North). He’s working on an irreverent, but not over-simplified neuroscience book for lay-people that will have the subtitle: A Frog, a Puppy, and Richard Feynman Walk into Your Cranium (forthcoming from Viva Editions).

Dutton-Rankin-Parker-Pearce TrioSDRPP is the Quartet of reeds player Aram Shelton, violinist Kristina Dutton, cellist Teddy Rankin-Parker, and drummer Daniel Pearce. Their prepared improvisations draw from a spate of outdoor and indoor influences, investigating the various cross-pollinations of music, dance, theatre, and literature. With a collective background in new music, rock, classical, and jazz, they each bring a unique blend of talents and performance experience to create a powerful heterogeneous aesthetic that is truly contemporary, truly interdisciplinary, and truly improvisatory. DRPP strives toward a holistic improvisation, in which the roles of musician, dancer, actor, and writer may disintegrate, leaving nothing but space, the bodies in it, and their tools of expression.

CALL AND RESPONSE: Ransom Stephens and The Reality Interface
Saturday March 22nd 2014. 7:00 pm doors, 7:30 pm show.
The Emerald Tablet, 80 Fresno St, San Francisco, CA 94133 (map)
$5-10 suggested donation. Nobody turned away for lack of funds.
Delicious complimentary food. Drinks by donation.

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