“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” but why? How does our brain capture elements in front of us to create the world we see? These questions and more, whether simple inquiries that keep you up at night or just innocent curiosities, will be answered wirh the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium's series of interactive talks in the coming months, the first on Thursday, March 13 at 6 p.m. at O’Shea’s Irish Pub in downtown West Palm Beach. Visual perception: How our brains create the world we see, will explain the perplexities of visual illusions and what they can teach us.
Modeled after “Science Cafés,” a trend sweeping pubs and geeks throughout the country, ‘Science on Tap’ is the first registered Science Café between Vero Beach and Fort Lauderdale. According to Arrizza, it will be the only place in Palm Beach County where for the price of a cup of coffee, a quality craft beer, or a smooth glass of wine, anyone can come to discuss the latest trends in science and technology with a world-class scientist. With a motto to ‘drink up – get smart,’ you know you are in for a casual-education session, as the goal of the program is for guests to have fun while learning a little bit more about everyday curiosities.
Taking place during Brain Awareness week, March 10-16, 2014, the event will feature guest speaker Dr. William Bosking, member of the Palm Beach Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience and senior neuroscientist at Max Planck. In addition to learning more about how normal vision works, and how vision is altered with disease or damage, guests will also be able to interact with a variety of visual illusion experiments – including mapping of their blind spot and demonstrations about the importance of attention, among others.
“I am very excited about the opportunity to collaborate with the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium,” said Dr. Bosking. “I think it is perfect timing considering that it is Brain Awareness week, which is a global celebration about advances in brain science. While learning about brain science is important, as visual illusions may be indicative of sickness or disease, it does not have to be overwhelming. The format of ‘Science on Tap’ will be casual, interactive and fun.”