We will start it in January with a Sociobiology Future Salon with the Author Joe Quirk. (RSVP please)
He has participated in the Future Salon many times and I am really happy that it finally works out and he will present his Sociobiology research/insights that he is made very accessible for you and me in his funny book: Sperm are from Men, Eggs are from Women..
Here in his own words what is going to happen on Friday the 19th of January:
WHY THE SINGULARITY WON'T WORK WITHOUT SOCIOBIOLOGY
Mark Finnern founded our Futurist Salon so we can figure out how to harness accelerated change to bring us more love, more joy, more peace, better conversations, and better sex. Isn't that the mission statement of geeks?
Access to all the information in the world won't fulfill us unless we have wisdom. Wisdom is the deep understanding of human nature and human relationships. Communication technology must be based on a biological understand of behavior. Without a deep scientific understanding of human nature, we won't have anything to base our technological revolution on.
I propose a bottom-up approach. Let's learn who we are. We're privileged to live in a time when many of the questions that Aristotle puzzled over are being illuminated by evolutionary psychology, cognitive science, and game theory.
I'm convinced that evolutionary psychology is the science of wisdom. My passion for the biology of behavior has made my relationships fulfilling, increased by empathy, and stirred my awe.
How and why did human relationships evolve? I'll focus on sex and love. By the time I'm done, you should have a better idea of how to get love and get laid.
Here is a sum-up of the pitch I made to publishers:
Sperm_and_eggs His pitch succeeded and his new book is out: Sperm are from Men, Eggs are from Women. It contains great little anecdotes from his own life.
He promised to do his presentation low tech with a big flip chart and you can check that out as he has a little video on his site where he has done that before. Very funny I can't wait for the Future Salon. Please RSVP (http://tinyurl.com/y5gpx5)
Joe Quirk uses science to help geeks get love and get
laid. His technique is to combine meta-analyses of statistical
correlations with cartoons of testicles. This gets his fellow geeks so
excited, they have to grab their asthma inhalers before their
glasses fog up.
Joe Quirk was known for four things in high school:
getting detention for being a smart-ass, getting A's in
biology, being horny,and having a name like Quirk. He decided to combine
these four talents in his second book. Now he gets
paid to be a smart-ass biologist, and nobody gives him a wedgie.
A Future Salon has the following structure: 6-7 networking with light refreshments proudly sponsored by SAP. From 7-9+ pm presentation and discussion. SAP Labs North America, Building D, Room Southern Cross or Cafeteria depending on your Please RSVP (http://tinyurl.com/y5gpx5), 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304 [map] As always free and open to the public, spread the news.
If you can't join in person we will Webcast the event: Point your Quicktime viewer to the following address: rtsp://220.127.116.11/salon.sdp
IRC chat as always use the server: irc.freenode.net and the Channel: #futuresalon
Official Website: http://www.futuresalon.org/2007/01/sociobiology_fu.html
Added by finnern on January 13, 2007