Science & Art Cabaret

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

Hallwalls, Buffalo Museum of Science, Techne Institute, and UB College of Arts & Sciences present

Science & Art Cabaret 18.0: Skepticism, Doubt, Denial

The Ninth Ward @ Babeville - 341 Delaware Avenue

Admission is FREE.
Cash bar.

This month's cabaret theme grew from the organizers' recognition of their own sin of omission. Over the course of 21 cabaret events since the fall of 2009, innumerable topics of varied concern have been discussed with contexts as varied as space, nothingness, sound, the brain, the man-machine, relativity, time, data mining, hysteresis, failure, and nanotechnology. Yet, we noticed that in NONE of these have we yet addressed the pressing topic of climate change.

Accordingly, we sought to organize a cabaret that folded the topic of climate change into a broader consideration of skepticism and belief systems. How does belief conflict with fact and with observations about the world? Do facts always alter belief? How and why does belief resist or question facts?

We have sought to address these broad questions with three speakers coming from completely different histories and points of view:
  • Bruce Adams, who is an artist, atheist, writer, former high school art teach and (further back) a former working magician will speak on "How I Became A Skeptic (and learned to annoy people).
  • Jason Briner, Associate Professor of Geology, has been invited about the subject that prompted this discussion and address the gigantic and existential topic of climate change.
  • David Persons, a former Anglican minister, will talk about doubt and disbelief in religion, explaining ""Throughout my life's journey, doubt and disbelief often cost me friends but the hunger for peace and freedom was worth it. Doubt is essential for true religion and all perceptions of life. In the end, we walk by faith and not sight."

An important part of the Science & Art Cabaret from its inception has been a free-roaming and spontaneous search for meaning from all directions. We have taken it as a given that intellectual pursuits that appear distinct—intellectual, scientific, artistic—actually cross paths far more often than we presume and share spheres of interest and meaning. We have found this to be true again and again, as we have mashed together unexpected speakers and watch them reveal, over the course of an evening, the commonalities in our collective search for knowledge.

Quirky, intellectual and fun, the cabaret is an ongoing collaborative program between Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, UB and the Buffalo Museum of Science. Individual "cabarets" are held several times a year, with each bringing together an unusual mishmash of speakers from divergent fields to talk about a common theme.

This ongoing series is made possible this year with co-sponsorship support from the Techne Institute for Arts and Emerging Technologies in the UB College of Arts and Sciences, and grants from The John R. Oishei Foundation and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

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